|Re: Telephone History Enquiry: Earliest Pre-Pay Calls|
10 Nov 2005 13:43:25 -0800
John R. Covert wrote:|
> Telephone History Buffs:
> I'm looking for information on early pre-pay systems that did not
> 1. Have been implemented before 1987.
Are you talking about long distance, local service, or both?
I am not aware of any such services offered to the general market. It
It is possible the phone company offered such services on a trial or
Deposit accounts of various sorts were common in institutions.
Today mag cards and computers have replaced cardboard and tokens.
It was common for the telephone company to require an up front deposit
I do wonder how closely Bell monitored toll usage against deposit
*(I recall getting a handsome refund check still using the old style
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