To be correct, 25 centavos. This will still get you a phone call from a “publico”, located all over town. I appreciate that there are payphones here in the city, now that I live here, if I am ever out of saldo for my cell, I would have no issues using a payphone. I remember the days in the US, when I was a kid, the payphones were a dime. My mother never let me out of the house without a dime in my sock, just in case.
But that change always got you one local call. Here, I am not so sure how it works, so I need to defer to our resident expert, Cristina…to ask: When you put a 25 centavo piece in a publico, is it a complete call to a local number or cell number or HOW does it all work? I know people who have to call cell numbers from public phones and need to load the phone with change…any answers?
Photo by guest contributor Sergio Dominguez; text by Luna McCarthy.