Pre-paid Cards Public Phone Booth

Pre-paid Public Phone Booth by Rudy Girón

You can still find many Telgua public phones booths through out Guatemala, but I am not sure anybody is using them. As of 2010, there were over 17 millions active cellular lines in Guatemala (1); that’s roughly 3 million more cellular phones than people. Since the cellular companies are now offering free or nearly free cellular phones, I don’t think anybody is using the public pre-paid card phones. To be honest, I wouldn’t even know where to purchase the pre-paid cards needed to make this kind of phone work.

How’s the situation of public phones where you live? Do they still exist?

(1) There are 17,571,895 total mobile lines as of 2010 according to Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones, SIT, of Guatemala. That’s 919,370 contract lines and 16,652,525 pre-paid airtime mobile lines. Additionally, there are 1,414,271 land lines. That’s a lot of telephone lines for a country with nearly 14 million people.

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  • http://aroche.net/ j_aroche

    Here in Guatemala coin phones are quite popular. I still see a lot of people using them, specially at bus stops. In other hand, pre paid phones died and have been removed since few years ago.

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