Pay phone rates increase
Manitoba pay phone rates have increased from 25 cents to 50 cents this week. That means I had to put in another quarter when I phoned my husband from Superstore to come and pick me up after I had done my grocery shopping this morning.
As I have mentioned a few times before, I don’t own a cell phone. You may call me a dinosaur when it comes to all these technological gadgets, but I haven’t really found a reason to buy a cell phone. I work from home and my family knows where to find me if ever they need me. Whenever I want my kids to call me from school, I make sure they have some change so they could call me from the pay phone. Whenever Reggie goes downtown by himself, I give him at least a couple of quarters just in case he gets lost or needs to call home.
The spokesman for MTS-Allstream said that they had to increase the rates because more and more people have been carrying cell phones over the recent years and fewer people are using the pay phones, but the cost of maintaining them continue to increase.
The last time pay phone rates increased was in 1983. People find this increase quite dramatic. If they had increased the rates bit by bit, let’s say, a nickel over five years, it wouldn’t be such a shock.
I don’t really mind the increase that much. Fifty cents per call is still cheaper than buying a cell phone. But some people are not too happy about this increase. Some think that it’s too much for senior and poor people, and those with fixed incomes.
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MTS pay phone calls to cost 50 cents