Missing coin box, there is an epedemic of that happening on the seaside hights board walk, in nj, by me, and there are like a millon spots around me where the wireing is still exposed. Free Call. And i have a top instruction card i pulled from a phone, it was bell atlantic. Its easy to get the instruction cards out.
BTW, It's not just "abandoned" spots where they haven't put the new Verizon cards on the payphones. There's a subway stop that has 2 payphones (upper and lower level where you catch the trolleys at) that have the old Bell Atlantic cards. In fact, I once seen one of the lower level payphones have no coin box at the bottom. Yet, it still took money. Truly strange. (Even by my standards... heh, heh.) The thing that kills me most that I remember seeing one time is a removed payphone spot that had the wiring exposed. I mean, not only was it coming out of the phone booth, the wire ends were stripped. Alas, I didn't have my handy-dandy 1 piece phone with me. Then again, I should mention that this was inside an urban mall anywayz.
BTW, if any 1 can shed some light on how those people get the coin boxes out, i want to know so i can add some verizon vault doors to my collection( and get some cash). The money wouldn't be like to good old days with the $130 in a phone, now its like $40, but i want to try it out before all the phones are gone!!!