End of an era – Eir to remove the last remaining payphone boxes in Ireland

Marking the end of an era and almost 100 years after they first appeared on the streets of Ireland, eir – Ireland’s leading telecommunications company – today announced that the removal of the last remaining payphone boxes across Ireland will take place over the coming months.

Since their introduction, payphone boxes have been a familiar sight on the streets of Ireland, serving the public before the advent of mobile phones, and at a time when landline phones were an exception rather than the rule in Irish homes.

The Universal Service Obligation (USO) for the Provision of Public Payphones was removed in 2020 due to steady decline in usage. At their peak, approximately 3,300 payphone boxes dotted the Irish landscape, complemented by over 5,000 indoor units.

The spaces once used for payphone boxes will be repurposed, some of which are already repurposed to house defibrillators, tourist pods, and soon – electric vehicle charging stations.

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