“Death is the most wonderful invention of life. It purges the system of these old models that are obsolete.”
~ Steve Jobs

The VHS, travel agents, phone sex, maps, typewriters, encyclopedias, CDs, Yellow Pages, Kodak film, hand-written letters and floppy discs. All gone ~ more or less. But not the payphone. At least not yet, because, if you search hard there are actually still a few left in Jakarta – including this multicolored trio in a booth directly in front of Telkom’s main office in central Jakarta.

Public telephones, Jakarta

But they sit there unnoticed, silent and unattended as the crowds of people walk by, most with a cellular phone in their hand or pocket. If you have never used a payphone before, you may wish to soon. Because they certainly aren’t gonna be around much longer!


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