German Payphones

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(Landis and Gyr) payphone Standard modern card phone. Stainless steel.

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A cluster of British GPT Marconi Sapphires in Hamburg Hauptbahnhof. (this model is popular in railway stations) Rather groovy new street kiosk after they remodeled and did an office cleaning inside.
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Berlin, June 2004. Many thanks to Davy Burns. pic. Davy Burns pic. Davy Burns
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Photos of payphones taken by the German payphone collector Marco Kosmehl. Click here for full series. Photos of booths taken by the German payphone collector Marco Kosmehl. Click here for full series Photos sent by Peter Holk of German plexiglass payphone enclosures made by his company Click here for full series.
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I´d like to send you two new pictures of german cardphones. The first one is made by Bosch. The second one is a Siemens card phone that you have already but it is with integrated box for used cards. These boxes were installed in 1991 to collect the old cards and recycle them. Many of these boxes were opened (illegal) by telephone card collecters. But unfortunately there is one way only to open them, if you don`t have a key. Today only a few of this boxes are existing.
With special thanks to Andreas Jacob
More photos of payphones taken by the German payphone collector Marco Kosmehl. Click here for full series. Historical photos and diagrams by German payphone collector Marco Kosmehl. Click here for full series.

German Telephone Kiosks

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6 piece telestation, Magdeburg. with thanks to Marco Kosmehl 6 Telephone booths type H78 Uniplatz, Magdeburg. with thanks to Marco Kosmehl 4 Telephone booths type H90 Uniplatz, Magdeburg. with thanks to Marco Kosmehl 4 Telephone booths type HB90 Altstadt, Magdeburg. with thanks to Marco Kosmehl
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photo Marco Kosmehl

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old booth as aquarium... first German cabinet

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Good old pre-96 booth. Ugly new German telecom boxes.
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Non-Telecom kiosk in Hamburg. Telephone British GPT Marconi Sapphire pic. Davy Burns pic. Davy Burns
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German Payphone History

Coin Telephone 27 (1927) Adaptation of the British AB Button Box. Coin Telephone 28 (1930) click here for more info Coin Telephone 33 (1933) Table Coin Telephone 33 (1933) click here for more info

Fernwahlmünzfernsprecher 56
Coin Telephone 50, (1950) click here for more info Table Coin Telephone 55 (1955) Coin Telephone 56 (1956) click here for more info Coin Telephone 57 (1957) click here for more info

Clubtelefon 1
Coin Telephone 63 (1963) click here for more info Coin Telephone 21 (1980) click here for more info Clubtelefon 1  (Coin Telephone 88) click here for more info Clubtelefon 4

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Clubtelefon 5 click here for more info Coin Telephone 23
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Coin Telephone 2 with thanks to Marco Kosmehl West German sign East German sign
special thanks to Dirk at 

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Coin Telephone 21, Siemens,1984. photo Marco Kosmehl  ÖKartTel_BTM4080  photo Marco Kosmehl ÖKartTel_BTM4080 Prospekt  photo Marco Kosmehl SWFVMü69_DDR  photo Marco Kosmehl

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East German phones. The translation is "Doesn't Work, Doesn't Exist." East German payphone older East German payphone
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Pictured above: The public telephone boxes of the German Reich and the Federal Post Office.

Since there were only very few substations at the beginning, these by many people were shared. It was to be determined in beginning relatively simply the costs of a discussion, since these were manufactured almost exclusively by the office. So the subscriber only the money of the user had to abkassieren. Now it with increasing spreading and acceptance in the population for the substation owners became however annoyingly the money personally to take the money to have to constantly make and its substation available other one. Therefore the realm telegraph administration decided to already furnish 1902 public substations with public telephone boxes in the year in Berlin.

The technology of the public telephone boxes was increasingly refined and improved. If it was to be manufactured beginning only possible local calls without assistance of a person in the assistance call, the fortscheitende development made possible for the user of district later to manufacture far from or international calls themselves over the public telephone box. For correct taking the money still the good hearing of the Telefonistin necessary, also this procedure was alone by the public telephone box was later taken over for beginning of the public telephone boxes.

Also the later devices in a the position the remainder money in appropriate height were to be paid back and/or to be indicated during the discussion the remainder money. But since more there are some contemporaries to use the tried the weak points of the technology in order to save the Entgeld for the discussion. Like that an important mainspring was for the advancement of the public telephone boxes that makes more difficult from manipulation and departure attempts in the first years.

The housings were supervised more substantially, those Muenzpruefer more exactly and the control elements such as dials or fork change over switches on normal enterprise. You are in such a way designed partly, which for the technology compellingly necessary serving and/or time-outs is kept and/or controlled by the equipment on mechanical wise. Since nearly all control and test and indicator functions mechanically took place, led to which a public telephone box up to 40kg brought to weight on the balance. This improved only, when modern plastics and electronics held into the public telephone boxes introduction.

In the good old days, phone booths were bright yellow, a real eye-sore but easy to spot if you needed one. The new phone booths are almost al glass with some gray and a pink trim, trendy but not as easy to spot as the older ones. If you are in an urgent need for a public phone and can't find one, ask in a restaurant, they usually let you use their phone for a quite usurious price (like 50 Pfennige per minute or so).

Public phones in Germany work more or less like everywhere else, except for the differences: Most public phones by now are cardphones. Unlike American cardphones, they use debit cards. German phonecards can be bought at any post office, most money exchanges at major train stations and many newspaper stores. They have a given value, for example 12DM for 60 units or 50DM for approx. 260 units, which works out to something like 0.20 DM/unit. Once you have used up this value you must get a new card. It is not that easy any more to find a public coin phone, even though they still exist. You usually have to insert 20 Pfennige, the minimum price for a call. In airports, train stations and some of the moretouristy places you often find credit card phones, too.

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Page last updated: 13th April 2016