The subject of payphone use came up in a recent class. To my surprise, two of the students in the class had never used a payphone. (OK, I know I am old -- I use email after all.) But the discussion did get me thinking about how payphone use has evolved in light of the penetration of mobile phones. I have not been able to find reliable, transnational data (at least for free).
I did find some tidbits that are relevant. Check out the results of an informal survey (too bad they didn't include the option "never"):
This item (from the World Dialogue on Regulation) reports on payphone use in Africa.
The ACMA (Australia) issued an annual report that contained some data. Unfortunately, I was spending too much time trying to copy some graphics from that report into this blog post.
So how about you? Did you ever use a payphone? When was the last time you used one (please feel free to update the "Swivel" chart)?
Update(2007-12-3): This item (via Forbes) reports that AT&T will "... exit its declining public pay phone business by the end of 2008 to focus on faster growing areas."