Why Pay Phones and 11 Other Old Tech Still Exist

Why Pay Phones and 11 Other Old Tech Still Exist


You’re walking down the street when you
suddenly remember you need to call your bank. Oh no, your phone battery’s at 1%! You look
around and here it is: a pay phone booth! And even better, there’s a phone book inside
with the number you need. Come to think of it, though, how many other seemingly obsolete
things are still out there? And why? 1. Fax machines
If you were born in the 2000s, you probably haven’t even heard of them. To use a fax
machine, you need a printed copy of your document and the recipient has to own another such
machine too. Bulky and pretty unreliable, fax machines became a thing of the past in
the late 90s, when emails appeared, allowing documents to be sent instantly and printed
out by the receiving party. That is, except in many hospitals they still use this technology.
Despite having electronic records, they don’t share them with each other for many reasons
and thus rely on this outdated piece of equipment. Hopefully, you’ll never have to visit a
hospital, but if you do, don’t forget to take a selfie with this digital dinosaur!
2. Photo labs Back in the second half of the 20th century,
developing films with your vacation photos was all the rage. You had only 24 or 36 photos
you could take before your film ended, so you took them carefully and then went to a
photo lab to see what you had. Today, with smartphones capable of taking superior quality
pictures in any number you like, developing photos is a thing only professional photographers
still do. So photo labs have gone, but not completely — and they still offer their
services to those interested. 3. Encyclopedias
How long has it been since you took an actual book in your hands when you needed explanation
of some term or phenomenon instead of just googling it? Let me know down in the comments!
I bet some people haven’t done it in their life at all. But you can still see paper encyclopedias
on the shelves of bookstores — and many people, surprisingly, still use them. I guess
some just can’t help holding a hardcover book in their hands. Speaking of which…
4. Physical books and bookstores In the age when we have e-readers designed
specifically to rid you of the need to carry physical copies of books, and even apps for
phones and tablets allowing you to download as many e-books as you like, it’s kinda
strange to see so many bookstores still up and running. Yet there they are, although
now many of them have changed their profile a lot. Most importantly, a bookshop has become
not just a joint where you can buy a new novel by your favorite author, but a place to sit
back, have a cup of tea or coffee, and relax in a comfortable chair, reading right there.
Admit it, reading in comfort and without a hurry is a much more pleasant experience than
doing it in transport or even at home where there are so many distractions.
5. VHS tapes Gone are the days when you recorded family
events on a Super-8 and watched it later from VHS tapes on your player. And even CD players
that came later are now a rarity — everything’s on hard drives now or even on the web, where
it’ll stay for a very long time, if not forever, or replaced itself by something newer
or better. But surprisingly, though they’re gone from households, there are still VHS
tapes that are incredibly rare and valuable even today. For example, there’s a Star
Wars sealed box tape for sale on eBay that costs $3,500. And owners of Disney Black Diamond
series video cassettes, which got its name for a black diamond symbol on every box, sometimes
ask astronomical sums for their treasures. It’s best to do your research, though, because
some of the prices are simply crazy for no good reason.
6. Photo albums Some decades ago, any family reunion eventually
came to a point where the hosts retrieved a huge family album and started showing their
guests all the photos in their archive. Today, with Instagram and digital pictures all around,
it seems obsolete, but almost any photographer you ask will offer you to make a photo album
of your own. That’s because such things never really get old: a nicely decorated album
with your photos may even become a good present to someone you love, or just be a warm reminder
of things you’d like to remember. 7. Old cell phones
A smartphone is basically a full-blown portable computer that you can use for a variety of
things, from checking your social media to actually doing all your work on it. This can’t
be said of the first mobile phones of the 90s and early 2000s, which were little more
than bricks with buttons that you could talk and send short messages with. Still, they’re
quite popular today, and for a good reason: unlike smartphones and tablets, these simple
devices are very hard to track, so if you’re worried about being watched, an old cell phone
is a really good choice. Better yet, you can use…
8. Pay phones It’s really convenient to have your own
phone to call anyone from anywhere in the world, but cellular network is not as sturdy
as we all wish it was, and it doesn’t cover the whole planet yet. In some distant areas
of the world, you’d be stranded without any connection if not for pay phones that
are still installed in many countries. Also, in case of a natural disaster, pay phones
often remain intact while both cellular network and landlines go down — they’re built
to withstand a lot of damage and ensure connection even in dire circumstances.
9. Pagers Wait, now, what’s a pager? It’s a little
device, like a small radio, that receives messages sent to it from a phone. You can’t
send messages from it, so it’s only works as a receiver. They were extremely popular
at some point in the 90s, but for obvious reasons they soon became outdated and replaced
by more versatile mobile phones. But pagers haven’t become some old junk — rather,
one of them just might save your life one day. Paramedics and emergency care workers
use this little piece of tech in their everyday jobs even today. Pagers are more resilient,
able to take a lot of damage before turning off, they have much more battery life than
a smartphone, and their design is conveniently intuitive, so they’re perfect for such conditions.
10. Copper pennies These coins are probably the most useless
piece of stuff on my list: if you’ve met a person who actually uses pennies to pay
for something, pat them on the back. By and large, pennies are next to worthless, but
they’re still being widely circulated. And if you dig a bit deeper, you’ll even find
out that the cost of producing a penny is more than it’s actually worth: 1.7 cents
for a 1 penny coin. 11. Vinyl records
Hey, vintage lovers out there, you’ll probably say that vinyl discs aren’t obsolete in
the least, but that’s what they are in our modern age, sorry. But in any case, the rugged,
warm quality of sound they give and the feeling of authenticity when listening to the great
bands of the 20th century makes lots of audiophiles around the world collect vinyl records and
keep them as the treasure they certainly are. 12. Landlines
Who uses landline anymore when there are smartphones? Well, the decline of stationary phones is
obvious, and they’re all but gone from households, but many businesses still cling to this piece
of technology, and in some countries banks won’t even give you a loan if you don’t
own a landline. As they explain, having a landline means you own a home or at least
have some place to live — as if having a job record wasn’t enough. Anyway, although
we’re looking at landlines’ complete disappearance in the coming years, they’re still quite
strong in many ways. Finally: What’s more lasting than all of
this technology? Graham crackers. Delicious! Haven’t changed in over a hundred years,
and will probably outlast us all! Don’t you just love graham crackers?
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100 thoughts on “Why Pay Phones and 11 Other Old Tech Still Exist

  1. Every AMERICAN Needs to read a PRE-1990'S Encyclopedia Set. There are TOO Many Errors in School Text Books. Even the Internet has Factual Errors.

  2. Who’s been a true fan of ”BRIGHT SIDE” before 2020??
    😍
    👇

    👇I’m gifting my next 100 loyal subs🌟❤️

  3. No pay phones in Chicago they took those out 14 years ago because of loitering on corners and drug dealers/Gang bangers

  4. 1:56-when you say google it you actually mean search the internet or use your favorite search engine
    Cause google/alphabet is an evil corporation and will never be trusted by me
    Yahoo has better unbiased search results !!!!!!

  5. We still have a rotary phone on the wall; left it there so we could still remember using it. And it's served as a good joke when I had kids. So funny.. they still to this day, cannot figure out how to use it. And it baffles them! Lol🤪. I'm 39, and I'll never forget using ANY of these. Yeah, life was on the brightest side then ❣️

  6. Sadly, most of the LAND LINES AND PAY PHONES obsolete; I believe this is purposely done. Cell and cable companies took control. If there is an emergency, there will not be landlines to use when the cell towers fail. NASA can send and receive messages apparently from MArs rovers etc but we cant even send a text in areas? Hmmm

  7. All volunteer firefighters used pagers for fire calls today.i had a pager when I was a volunteer firefighter the pager will go off tell firefighters where the fire call is.

  8. Where I live, I just wish I could have a good cell network. It is just hit and miss 24 hours a day, and this is in a large UK village just 3 miles from good sized towns, so I always at home use a landline.

  9. Pay phones: mostly have gone away because of drug dealers. They used to use a pay phone as a business phone. They would hang out by the phone and do their business.

    Land line: those of us in areas where cell phone reception is sketchy still have to have them for reliability reasons.

  10. I still read books. Use the dictionary and encyclopedia. Watch VHS and DVDs. It's nice to step back from all the technology and just relax.

  11. The daily Newspaper is just hanging by a thread. It barely has 20 pages and the price of the daily one used to get you a week's worth, the Sunday paper was the best, 5lbs. for $2, you got coupons, comics, travel, entertainment, reviews. Now for $5 on Sunday you get a couple of news items, and two ads.

  12. My apartment still has landlines against my will.
    I use an iPhone 6 against my will.
    My dad uses a flip phone against my will.
    I have a Windows 7 laptop against my will.
    I have a 32 inch HDTV against my will.
    I use my mom’s iPhone 8 Plus too much.

  13. Bright Side what about typewriters. Mark Twain was the first author to write a published novel with that cutting edge technology.

  14. I was born in 1961 and used all the items you talked about. I remember first hearing about emails and how they were the up and coming thing. Initially they were thought they would be used for inner office communication. It’s unbelievable to see how things have changed in 40 years!

  15. VHS tapes are still used for security tapes, faxes are still occasionally used for legal documents and landlines are handy if cell towers go out from a hurricane or other natural disaster.

  16. I still have my landline phone. It is my connection with the outside world. I am 80 yo and have no desire to have a "smart phone"…I love graham crackers. Great for s'mores. or just with a cold glass of milk.

  17. Yes I was in an earthquake, after it finished all cellphones were not working and I couldn’t tell my loved one (He was in another country) I was fine with my 📱, immediately you know what did work? A pay phone…

  18. I’ve used books a lot! I read all the time it’s so fun. and it’s not like you need to be on the internet always. dont you think so to?

  19. Phone booths don’t exist and pay phones are vandalized most of the time. Cars have changed a lot. I used to change my own oil but it is too hard so I pay the dealer to do it. Maps used to be easy to get from gas stations and everyone used them. GPS changed all of that. Before cell phone 📱 you had to pay the telephone company to use their phone in your house. There was no way to buy any phone.

  20. A cellphone comes in handy when no pay phone's are around or in case or emergency or you got no money💰for the phone on you at the time or your lost in a place with no phone access then it really comes in handy(cellphones)

  21. I still have the Encyclopedia Britannica and World Book Encyclopedia. their latest version from 1975 when I left home to go in the Army. They were gifts from my parents. I also own hundreds of books including all of the National Geographic Magazines. Books don't update instantly like their electronic brethren yet, their nostalgic value is immense. Great convo starters with the friends of my Grand kids who like hearing about the "olden" days.

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