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In Detroit, it's last call for the city's pay phones

DETROIT A pay telephone on a busy Detroit street corner could once net $200 a week in just coins. But that was 30 years ago. These days, Greg Andrick is lucky to find $5 or $6 in a pay phone's change box every couple months when making his service rounds. His company, Great Lakes Telephone, once operated more than 6,000 rectangular metal pay phones across southeast Michigan. Now it has less than 20, all in government buildings and parks. "It's really sad. This used to be quite a booming business," said Andrick, who is also president of the still-existing Michigan Pay Telephone Association. "It shriveled up and went slowly away." Like the typewriter and...