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    Payphone Text Messaging

    Has anyone tried it out yet? Just noticed at school today that there was a new payphone with a ton more buttons (http://img291.imageshack.us/img291/5839/sspx0439rx5.jpg). It's 10 cents per message, or 25 cents for 5 messages. The only issue I have with this, is that when you're pressing the buttons, the letters come up on screen pretty slow, as if it were lagging.

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    Yah, I've tried it - it does in fact work... I'm surprised to see they're still putting them in.
    Bell started putting them in around the time they began taking phones out - a few were replaced with these text models to try and capitalize on the SMS abilities it had.

    I don't think it was particularly successful. I have, however, seen a line at a phone booth in South Carolina with a few kids waiting to use one down there - boy it looked anachronistic! It's been years since the last time I saw a queue of people waiting to use a pay phone in Toronto...
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    after reading this thread from my phone, i walked down to the payphones at my school to check and its like "try out the new TTY/text messaging capabilities"

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    Looks pretty interesting. Although it is a bit late in the game. Very few people don't have a mobile phone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jgon9
    Looks pretty interesting. Although it is a bit late in the game. Very few people don't have a mobile phone.

    I'm guessing they're turning up more so now because Bell has finally gone through all of the "old stock" on the pre-SMS phones either due to repair/replacement or just depletion of stock... so they must have a bunch of the TTY models waiting to be put into use - so if there's an actual order for an install, that's what you'll get. True to the ways of large phone companies, they probable had a whole bunch at the back of their DIST warehouse saved for a rainy day.

    I think it was really just a software update to the TTY phones to make them SMS capable - there's a TTY to SMS gateway in Bell's network that's being used for this... Anybody here fielding work for the Millennium support lines that can verify?

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    I saw one of these last week. It kinda surprised me, as I'm not accustomed to seeing a qwerty keyboard on a pay phone.

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    When sending an SMS, which number shows up?! The payphone number?!
    If so, what if someone tries to respond...?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jase88
    When sending an SMS, which number shows up?! The payphone number?!
    If so, what if someone tries to respond...?
    The one I used in the Carolinas did in fact show the payphone number as the "from" number for the text message.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frankie5string
    The one I used in the Carolinas did in fact show the payphone number as the "from" number for the text message.
    Does it identify the message as originating from a public phone?

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    Probably not. And if I had to guess, i'd say if you replied, it would simply do the same thing as if you text'd a regular lan line. Play the text back in an automated voice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jase88
    Does it identify the message as originating from a public phone?
    No special identification was within the message... just a regular message with the payphone phone number as the "sent from" number...

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    When I sent a message to my cell phone (as a test) the message was this:

    From: noreply@bell.ca
    [Msg from Bell Payphone]

    *message goes here*

    And that's all. So it doesn't show the payphone phone number, it shows up as coming from noreply@bell.ca

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    then how do u reply? are they telling u to just pay $0.25 to send out a msg to 5 different ppl?

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    Correct. You cannot reply to the message. Even if you could, I wouldn't advise replying to a public payphone.

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    Interesting... so they're using a different TDD/TTY gateway than they had in the US... where I got the payphone number...

    Ah well... It's kinda funny that they've branded it for SMS'ing... It was really supposed to be a rather lame attempt to add TTY to a payphone - but most deaf people I know carry a small keyboard device that works FAR better (and should, for $1200)... Leave it to Nortel to figure out how to squeeze more money out of people ;-)

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