November 20, 2003
JONESBORO, AR - Consider this...how often do you stop to use a pay phone?
Well, if you haven't used one lately, most pay phones now cost 50 cents for local calls.
We found that many Region 8 residents have pretty much written off pay phones. "Anytime I need to make a call, I call from home or use a cell phone," said one. Another told us she hadn't used a pay phone in nearly eight years. "I'm not sure I've seen anyone at a pay phone in the last few years," said another.
It seems everyone is going the way of the cell phone. "We have had a tremendous growth in northeast Arkansas and also nationwide...I think there's 150 million wireless users today," said Alltel general manager Lesa Handley.