Embracing the future isn't always easy, or profitable. UK-Based telco BT has canceled plans for the introduction of multimedia kiosks in the place of traditional payphones. With over 1000 already in place, another 28,000 won't see the light of day due to the poor profitability of the ones already in place. Whether it was poor location or poor market reception isn't detailed, but sometimes newer tech comes along just a tad too early. Most people I know are leery even of internet cafes, which are behind closed doors, much less a public kiosk that everyone can get their mitts on. The new-age payphones are essentially internet kiosks that offer a wider variety of service, and you can often find similar setups in malls in the U.S. They aren't too common, though, but with time perhaps they will be given another shot.
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