Where to Find Payphones?
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Where to Find Payphones?

by bored_kid on Mon Jul 28, 2008 3:50 pm

Anybody know a good location to look to find retired payphones? I found some refurbished ones for around $350, but that seems a little pricey. My local phone company is Verizon and I have no idea who to contact there to find out about payphones.

Ideas are much appreciated...
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by haxor on Tue Jul 29, 2008 7:32 pm

Best place I've found is ebay. Watch out shipping costs as these beasts weigh 40+ lbs. I have been able to acquire several for $40-$85 including shipping, and one "full of coins, no keys" for$99 total. It was spraypainted gold. But that's another story...

If you need any further pointers, I'll offer my best advice.
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by justin6735 on Tue Aug 12, 2008 3:37 pm

Can you suggest any particular models? I would love to get a payphone and I am really having trouble understanding what the different models mean.

(its like trying to buy a used car when you have never driven before, Really could use good suggestions on models and normal price-ranges)


BTW you did a great job on the video, Please keep them comming
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by justin6735 on Wed Aug 13, 2008 9:04 am

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by uberscientist on Wed Aug 13, 2008 11:00 am



and its modified for home use
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by justin6735 on Wed Aug 13, 2008 11:03 am

I contacted the seller and he says:


The Totalizer and a relay have been removed during the modification to let it work on the home phone line.



Why do they take these out?
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by justin6735 on Wed Aug 13, 2008 1:02 pm

Does anyone have any info on the types of pay phones that are out there?

I see ones with the coin shoot on the left and others with it on the right.

Any help would be great.
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by TelcoDude on Sat Aug 16, 2008 11:35 am

justin6735 wrote:Does anyone have any info on the types of pay phones that are out there?

I see ones with the coin shoot on the left and others with it on the right.

Any help would be great.


Try here: http://www.porticus.org/bell/telephones-payphones.html

Great site for those of us that are interested.
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by justin6735 on Sat Aug 16, 2008 12:45 pm

So I found one and bought one for 60 $ the issue is it is newer than the one listed in the video.

Its coin validator is all plastic and has a ribbon cable coming from it.

The ribbon connector goes to a control board that has a lot of IC's and a few dip switch controls.

Here is my question.... how can I find this phones model number?

I haven't found it yet inside or out. Is there a place where I can look at a library of pictures and duduce the model?
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by TelcoDude on Mon Aug 18, 2008 12:39 am

justin6735 wrote:So I found one and bought one for 60 $ the issue is it is newer than the one listed in the video.

Its coin validator is all plastic and has a ribbon cable coming from it.

The ribbon connector goes to a control board that has a lot of IC's and a few dip switch controls.

Here is my question.... how can I find this phones model number?

I haven't found it yet inside or out. Is there a place where I can look at a library of pictures and duduce the model?


From my experience, if the coin validator is plastic, then it's probably not a Bell System payphone. There are a couple of major manufacturers of these units. Can you post a picture of the beast?

I'll dig around the web some more and try and find some example shots you might could use.

Just askin', but what are the order of the coin chute, coin return lever, etc. across the top of the machine, from left to right... I MIGHT have the one you're talking about in my garage - the damn thing's never worked! Bah!

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by justin6735 on Mon Aug 18, 2008 8:37 am

I dont know what you mean "from left to right"?

The coin shoot is on the left side, it doesn't have a bell logo but on the coin return it says it is made by western bell.

I didnt spend that much on it but the hardest part is getting my wife to let me buy another one.
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by justin6735 on Tue Aug 19, 2008 11:14 am

here are some pics of it... let me know what you think



http://picasaweb.google.com/justin6/PayPhone
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by justin6735 on Wed Aug 27, 2008 9:20 am

any one have any ideas?
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Re: Where to Find Payphones?

by ticom on Fri Sep 07, 2012 12:10 pm

I would start by checking local antique stores that specialize in furnishings, old building restoration/wrecking, and scrap metal/surplus dealers. All of these places will get payphones, and it'll probably be a pre-1990 Telco Western Electric or GTE model (meaning not a COCOT) that you can do something with, and not have to bypass a whole bunch of electronics. If you live in the Hudson Valley, NY region, or are otherwise within easy travel distance of Stormville, NY, go check out the Stormville Airport Antiques Flea Market. There are always a couple vendors there that have old payphones.

Any DTF (Dial-Tone First) Telco payphone than ran off ACTS will hook right into a residential POTS line and work with no modifications whatsoever. You can even get the coin collect/return relay to work off of your ring voltage. COCOTS are a different story because they didn't have a Telco switch to handle coin service and had to do it all in the phone. Plug a COCOT into a phone line and it'll ask you for money when you try to make a call. Not a problem if you're going to gut the insides, but be aware and pay accordingly. How can you tell the difference? Look at some of the old coin services BSPs, and note what the inside of a Telco payphone looks like. Anything more complicated than a coin slot and hybrid box, and you're probably looking at a COCOT.
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by ticom on Fri Sep 07, 2012 12:17 pm

justin6735 wrote:here are some pics of it... let me know what you think
http://picasaweb.google.com/justin6/PayPhone


It has a Mars coin slot in it, so it's definitely a later model payphone, and an electronics module labeled "line guard" (?). Looks like someone refurbished a Western Electric phone into a COCOT.
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