Posted 31 July 2006 - 12:18 AM
I've had the same experience here in Manitoba with an old Centurion. It was a cold and windy day in Winnipeg (surprising, I know) and I had to make a call. I spotted a payphone halfway down a side street and made my way over. I was cold and in a hurry and had no intention of any funny stuff, so I went to dial the number and half the digits just made weak "beeeaa...p" noises. Luckily 0 still worked so I asked the op to dial the number because the number pad was not quite right. She asked how I was paying and I told her I was using a quarter (yes, local calls are 25 cents). I put in the quarter, heard the sweet, sweet tone and, since this is Manitoba, she cheerfully put my call through. After my call was finished I hung up and started to walk away when I heard a phreak's favourite sound: the quarter dropping into the coin return. I quickly turned, grabbed the money then continued on my merry way.
Unfotunately, I'm a lazy bastard and haven't bothered to properly test whether this was just a symptom of an already ailing payphone or if it works in other cases. Now I think I may just have to try.