End of Era: St.’s Last Pay Phone. Albert was eliminated

Residents of the city of St. Albert will say goodbye to a dying technology that people use less and less.


“I really think they’re all gone,” Mayor of St. Albert Cathy Heron said. “It’s the end of an era, but it’s also an indication of where we’re going in the future.”

Heron lived in St. Albert since 1969 and remember using a local pay phone costs a dime.

“I got out of the movie theater and called my mom and dad. That’s how I get my rides,” she said.

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According to Chelsey Rajzer, the company’s senior communications officer, TELUS will phase out pay phones eventually in St. Albert in March.

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“Pay phone usage has been declining steadily over the past two decades due to the ubiquity and availability of mobile phones and wireless coverage across Canada,” says Rajzer.

The ultimate pay phone, located inside the Grandin Medical Clinic on St. Anne, has generated about $5 in the last two years, which equates to 10 phone calls.

“It doesn’t make a lot of money for what it pays,” said resident Darren Dynes.

The ultimate pay phone in St. Albert will be phased out in March 2022.

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After getting rid of pay phones, a Global News team went to St. Albert to ask people to share their memories.

“As a child, you always have to check for a change in position,” says Dynes.

“There is a part of my brain that is still looking for them on the street corner or anywhere. I use my cell phone, but it has been a part of our lives for a long time,” said Carole Picard.

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“Life goes on. Evolution. Everyone has a cell phone,” said Pat O’Callaghan.

“College, go out somewhere, you have to get the address, get the Yellow Pages out, look it up and do you have money to put in?” Janet Smith said.

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Most residents do not know the payphone in St. Albert still exists, as does the cost to make a call.

“Last time it was 25 cents. Not sure how much now,” said Seamus O’Reilly. “I am not aware of any cell phones left in the vicinity of St. Albert, Edmonton.”

Telus said as of February 2022 it had about 700 pay phones still in operation in Alberta.

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TELUS has about 700 pay phones left across Alberta, including 77 in the Edmonton area.

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It costs 50 cents to make a local call.

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