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This article was published 12/2/2016 (555 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
People think of them — when they think of them at all — as an outdated idea, another thing made obsolete in the age of cellphones and mobile Internet. Pay phones, once almost everywhere to help us call whenever we were away from our home landline, have rapidly disappeared as most people — even elementary school students — now carry mobile phones with them. But they still dot our cities and even highways, hiding in plain sight as they fade from the consciousness of more and more people. The exact number in the province is uncertain, although the MTS website says they install “thousands” throughout the province in an ad to entice business owners to put one on their properties. The cost to make a call is still 50 cents — unchanged since 2007, with the last increase (to a quarter) happening in 1983. And most of them still work, giving a familiar, but now harsh sounding, dial tone when you pick up the receiver.