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Old 23rd Nov 2009, 10:55 pm   #28
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Default Re: 'Button A-B' and grey payphones.

Speaking as an ex BT Payphones Engineer I remember the changeover to Pay on Answer was still going in 1978 when I started with the PO. I transferred to payphones in the mid/late eighties and we were ripping out the POA boxes of which there were three types the Public one piece version, the renters with separate telephone (wall or desk) and the smaller red hospital payphone which used a smaller mechanism (I think). All three types got broken into.

They were replaced with pushbutton payphones which were susceptible to many frauds and modifications were required to overcome them. Very good for overtime. The last generation of PB payphones had the most break ins, having the largest capacity for cash. Soon people will say what is a payphone never mind a coin box.
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