Fish In A Box

I don’t use a mobile phone, not even a dumb one. Never have. I grew up in a time when leaving the house or the office was a chance to get away from the phone, to escape from whatever pressures could come down the line. A chance to relax a bit. I liked that. Still do.

However, what that means is that I like the idea of phone booths on the street — and those are disappearing quicker than quick.  In fact, in most places they are already extinct.  Which is a major problem for people like me who chose not to have a smart phone or who simply cannot afford one.

Most phone kiosks get dumped in the landfill, I guess, although the traditional red British box can sometimes be seen as a tourist draw. In one place in Japan, however, someone decided to turn one of them into a public aquarium.

fish in booth

I would rather have a phone in there but this is a seriously creative idea.

4 Responses to Fish In A Box

  1. Susana says:

    I too don’t have a cell phone by choice. Isn’t life grand when you can smell the roses without being harangued by an electronic master or treat company with respect by not actively ignoring them while texting someone else.

  2. Don says:

    Yes, the lack of phones is actually a real concern of mine. It’s funny how in the last decade, technology has turned what used to be given on its head. When you rented a place for example, you’d expect there to be a phone line into the home. That’s not that case so much any more…

  3. Bill Lee says:

    CRTC OTTAWA-GATINEAU, July 16, 2013

    In a consultation launched today, the CRTC is inviting Canadians to share their views on the role of payphones in the Canadian communication system. The CRTC is also seeking comments on whether it would be appropriate to prohibit telephone companies from removing the last payphone in a community until the conclusion of this fact-finding process and, if required, any related follow-up process.

    “This consultation will give us a clearer picture of how payphones are being used and by whom,” said Mr. Blais. “It will also help us assess how possible rate increases and the removal of payphones may affect Canadians, and whether any regulatory action is necessary.”

    Comments on the removal of the last payphone in a community are due August 13, 2013 while those for the fact-finding process are due October 22, 2013. The CRTC encourages Canadians to participate by submitting their comments by:

    filling out the online form

    writing to the Secretary General, CRTC, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0N2
    sending a fax at 819-994-0218

  4. jakking says:

    Thanks, Bill. I will follow up with the CRTC.

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