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BellSouth ups payphone call to 50 cents

Local telephone giant BellSouth announced Friday it will increase the price of a local public phone call from 35 cents to 50 cents, effective immediately. Consumers have been using pay phones less frequently as cell phones become more popular, causing some phone companies to raise the cost of a public phone call in an effort to make up for declining revenues. BellSouth announced in February that it is exiting the pay phone business gradually over the next couple of years. The company, which has approximately 125,000 pay phones in nine Southeastern states, plans to shift its focus to broadband, Internet and digital network offerings, as well as domestic and international lines of business for wireless and data services, BellSouth said in a statement.

    Local telephone giant BellSouth announced Friday it will increase the price of a local public phone call from 35 cents to 50 cents, effective immediately. Consumers have been using pay phones less frequently as cell phones become more popular, causing some phone companies to raise the cost of a public phone call in an effort to make up for declining revenues.

    BellSouth announced in February that it is exiting the pay phone business gradually over the next couple of years. The company, which has approximately 125,000 pay phones in nine Southeastern states, plans to shift its focus to broadband, Internet and digital network offerings, as well as domestic and international lines of business for wireless and data services, BellSouth said in a statement.