Just 456 public payphones are left in the State

Just 456 public payphones are left in the State

The number of public payphones in the Republic of Ireland continues to drop, with just 456 left, compared with almost 4,000 a decade ago.

Payphone usage has declined dramatically in recent years because of the popularity of smartphones.

In 2008, there were more than 3,500 payphones in the Republic of Ireland. The decline started when the company then trading as Eircom put almost 2,000 payphones out of service.

In the past few years, more phone boxes have been removed across the country, with more than a dozen being removed in the past six months.

An Eir spokesman said 21 payphones have been removed so far this year, with requests from councils and continued anti-social behaviour cited as the most common reasons for removal.

There were on average 235 calls from payphones per day in September 2019, equating to on average 0.05 of a call from each payphone daily.

Eir said if a payphone is used for less than one minute a day on average and if emergency services calls do not count for more than 30 seconds of each minute, it can remove it.

The company is set to replace old payphones across Dublin with upgraded versions that will include wifi, interactive touchscreens and information services for tourists.

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