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Want to get rid of that crappy $9.99 Radio Shack phone you’ve got in your living room, and replace it with something classier? Well, hie thee to the Bell South Pioneers web site, where you can buy a decommissioned payphone for $135. According to the site:

Due to downward trends in payphone usage, BellSouth plans to discontinue providing services to its payphone location provider customers. Payphone usage declines are the primary drivers of BellSouth’s decision to exit the business. Customers are opting for new technology options, such as wireless telephones and personal communications devices.

(Thanks to Fark for this one!)

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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