The public telephone in Japan in 2012

14 Feb

With the world seemingly reliant on the cellphone/mobile/ketei, are the days of the public telephone in Japan numbered ? Profits must be at an all time low, and I guess here in Japan, it is mostly tourists, or a select few who still seek out the public telephone.
Yes they can still be found at convenience stores, train stations, hospitals etc, but as this photo from busy Shinjuku JR Station shows, they often sit unloved. Ironically enough, the day after the big earthquake in March 2011, some areas saw many cell phone networks unavailable, and guess what ?!  People were queuing at public telephone boxes, relying on this once-loved form of communication to check on loved ones…

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