The immobile phone

Do you remember the simple thrill of having to stand in one place when you were on the telephone? Before the arrival of intrusive use-anywhere models, you actually had to run and answer a call – “Coalport 1234!”

Red phone boxes were even cooler, parked inconveniently on the pavement down by the parade of shops. It was magical when you found 2p in the coin return. And do you remember waiting for the pips?

Looking back, there is certainly no need for shame if your family was one of the last in the street that still had to queue. Make up for lost time – get an immobile phone today.

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  1. In the early 90s, in the street outside our flat, was a telephone box. Not a red one, more a silver kiosk thing. We began to notice queues of people lining up outside of it to use it. Why the surge in everyone making telephone calls, we wondered.This went on for the whole weekend, and when we asked around we learned that the phone had developed a fault and was giving out free calls without the need to insert money. British Telecom’s free gift to our neighbourhood lasted until about mid-week before the company twigged and sent an engineer to fix the fault. I remember calling my Mum and telling her the call was costing me absolutely nothing πŸ™‚

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