Good bye pay phones – one more thing our children will never understand

Eighty percent of people now own cell phones and the other 20 percent are standing next to eight people holding a cell phone.

Remember pay phones? Remember stuff that made you ask, “What is that?” on the receiver of the pay phone? Remember having to insert more money to continue the call? Remember being at the airport or mall and searching like mad for a pay phone that wasn’t in use?

AT&T announced this week that those days will be happy memories by the end of 2008. The company plans to end the pay phone business.

I will be first in line for a vintage phone to put with my 8-track player, phonograph, rotary phone, cassette tape, CB radio, typewriter and film camera.

This story is an excerpt from this weeks Castellini on Computers newsletter that will be arriving tomorrow morning.