Today in NC State History: First pay phone installed on campus

March 27, 2012
By Bill Krueger

PrintPhones are ubiquitous on campus today. If you don’t believe it, take a stroll and check out all the students talking or texting or playing with their cellphones.

Of course, that wasn’t always the case.

On this day in 1927, Southern Bell removed the free telephone from the campus YMCA and replaced it with the first pay phone on campus.

Why? According to Historical State, a collection of historic photos and events kept by NCSU Libraries, it was “due to abuse of the free phone by students using the phone for ‘social visits.'”

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