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A payphone (alternative spelling: pay phone) is a public telephone, often located in a telephone booth or a privacy hood, with pre-payment by inserting money (usually coins), a credit or debit card, or a telephone card. Payphones are often found in public places, transportation hubs such as airports or train stations, convenience stores, malls, casinos, and on street corners. By agreement with the landlord, either the phone company pays rent for the location and keeps the revenue, or the landlord pays rent for the phone and shares the revenue. Some payphones, particularly at gas stations, are mounted in drive-up structures that can be used without leaving the vehicle. Payphone revenues have sharply declined in many places, largely due to the increased usage of mobile phones. Payphone providers have sometimes tried to reverse the decline in usage by offering additional services such as SMS and Internet access, thus making their phone booths into Internet kiosks. The abandonment of payphones by telephone companies has angered some people who consider them a communication staple for low-income and low-credit consumers. In particular, payphones are useful for foreign or generally non-local travellers who need to place local calls, as well as those who simply don't like or cannot afford mobile phones ... Learn more at Wikipedia

248-682-9955.mp3 You have not deposited the correct amount to place your call Please check the instruction card for rate information and try your call again Thank you - anachron

301-292-9908.mp3 The call you have made requires a coin deposit Please hang up check the instructions on the payphone for the appropriate rate and dial your call again

409-724-3137.mp3 The call you have made requires an initial deposit Please hang up momentarily listen for dial tone deposit the amount specified on the instruction card and dial your call again - james

412-562-0064.mp3 Excuse me your time is up Please deposit 5 cents if you wish to continue or your call will be disconnected Thank you - JmanA9

435-678-0001.mp3 We are sorry This payphone does not accept coins for long distance calls You may wish to consider using a calling card or contact your operator for assistance - ThoughtPhreaker



478-975-9998.mp3 The number you have reached 478-975-9998 is not in service for incoming calls - ThoughtPhreaker



515-287-8311.mp3 Male The call you have made requires a coin deposit First consult your instruction card deposit the proper amount and dial your call again - The Phonebooth

515-287-8311-2.mp3 This call requires a coin deposit Please hang up momentarily and redial your call by first depositing the local rate posted on the instruction card or dial 0 for the operator - The Phonebooth

610-797-0014.mp3 Excuse me Please deposit 5 cents for the next 3 minutes If 5 cents is not deposited within 25 seconds your call will be automatically terminated

732-946-9913.mp3 Excuse me please deposit 10 cents for the next 4 minutes If 10 cents is not deposited within 25 seconds your call will be automatically terminated

845-268-9922.mp3 2 Please deposit 5 cents for the next 2 minutes or your call will be terminated This is a recording - james

845-735-9927.mp3 Excuse me please deposit 5 cents for the next 10 minutes or your call will be terminated Thank you for using [something] - marks

914-345-9935.mp3 Excuse me Please deposit 5 cents for the next 2 minutes or your call will be terminated Thank you for using NYNEX This is a recording - james

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25-cents.mp3 The call you have made requires a 25 cent deposit Please hang up momentarily listen for dial tone deposit 25 cents then dial your call again

301-292-9908.mp3 Male A 25 cent deposit is required to make this call Please hang up deposit 25 cents and make your call again

610-797-0014.mp3 Male Excuse me Please deposit 5 cents for the next 3 minutes If 5 cents is not deposited within 25 seconds your call will be automatically terminated

630-893-9883.mp3 The number you have reached 893-8993 is not in service for incoming calls 893-8993 is not in service for incoming calls - jenn





A red box is a phreaking device that generates tones to simulate inserting coins in pay phones, thus fooling the system into completing free calls. In the United States, a nickel is represented by one tone, a dime by two, and a quarter by a set of 5 tones. Any device capable of playing back recorded sounds can potentially be used as a red box. Commonly used devices include modified Radio Shack tone dialers, personal MP3 players, and audio-recording greeting cards.

United States

The tones are made by playing back 1700 Hz and 2200 Hz tones together. One 66 ms tone represents a nickel. A set of 2 66 ms tones separated by 66 ms intervals represent a dime, and a quarter is represented by a set of 5 33 ms tones with 33 ms pauses.

The system that handles these tones is called the Automated Coin Toll Service, or ACTS. However, since ACTS has been phased out of service in much of the United States, combined with the integration of acoustic filters into many payphone handsets, the practice of red boxing is rarely possible anymore.

United Kingdom

In the UK, a 1000 Hz tone for 200 ms represents a 10p coin, and 1000 Hz for 350 ms represents a 50p coin. Prior to this system, the earliest UK pay-on-answer payphones used a resistance, inserted into the loop for one or several short periods, to signal units of money inserted. Phreaks simulated these signals by unscrewing the microphone cover of the handset and inserting into the microphone circuit a resistor in parallel with a press-to-open push-button ... Learn more at Wikipedia



red-box-nickel-tone.mp3 Red Box Nickel Tone

red-box-dime-tone.mp3 Red Box Dime Tone

red-box-quarter-tone.mp3 Red Box Nickel Tone



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