Belgium says goodbye last public telephone booth




Monday removes the last public telephone booth in Belgium. The telefoonkot the Middelheimlaan in Antwerp was three days, the only remaining phone in Belgium, but also fall for this phone the canvas.

Payphone in Aalst Friday was the last payphone in Belgium already shut down, in the Walloon Bergen. Now, the phone also has gone to the Middelheimlaan, Belgium has no telephone anymore.

According Proximus – Belgacom until recently called – there is no money to earn more by telephone, thanks to the emergence of the mobile phone. At its height had 18,000 telecom provider cells. In 1997, it was called an average of fifteen hours per month per cell, but in 2012 was dropped to an average of fourteen minutes per cell per month.

Until 2013, Proximus was required to maintain the phone, but the Belgian government then decided that that obligation was no longer necessary because the mobile phone has supplanted the meantime. Proximus wants to end the phone does not let go unnoticed: it wants to thirty telephone booths give a new destination, such as a museum or art.

In the Netherlands still standing telephone booths. KPN has divested the telephone, but the company RBL Telecom has taken part. At present the company has 440 telephone booths. Cheap is not calling from a pay phone: 10 eurocents per ten seconds to a fixed number, or the same amount every five seconds for a mobile number. Early this century, the Netherlands had still twenty thousand pay phones.



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