Around one in five public payphones will disappear from Scotland
BT is set to scrap more than 900 phone boxes across the country over the next three years.
According to BBC Scotland, the company said usage has plummeted by 90 per cent over the last 10 years as more people rely on smartphones.
However, campaigners insist they are a vital lifeline for communities in some rural areas of Scotland where mobile phone signal is poor.
BT initially earmarked around 1,500 payphones – almost a third of its estate – for removal after 700 boxes werer not used to make a single call last year.
But now, following consultation with locals, BT has agreed to retain 428 of the payphones which were under review.
BT is set to scrap more than 900 phone boxes across the country over the next three years
Among them is the country’s highest phone box, located at the Cairngorm Mountain ski centre.
Demand just isn’t there any more
A total of 947 kiosks will now be scrapped, leaving 3,840 working phone boxes north of the Border – down from almost 7,000 in 2003.
Many of the phones which are being removed are in Aberdeenshire (85), Dumfries and Galloway (75), and Fife (97).
A spokesman for BT said: “We’re committed to providing a public payphone service but demand just isn’t there any more.
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The country’s highest phone box, located at the Cairngorm Mountain ski centre
“With usage declining by more than 90 per cent in the last decade, we’ve continued to review and, where necessary, rationalise our payphone estate to continue to meet remaining customer demand and manage our costs.
“As an alternative to removal, we continue to actively promote the Adopt a Kiosk scheme to all councils whilst being committed to maintaining the payphones that remain.”