Note to Superman: do not move to London. Due to the proliferation of cell phone usage, reports USA Today, The Square Mile is nixing about 30,000 of its payphones from its storied streets. And like its buses, London has the most iconic telephone booths in the world. The familiar red wood and cast-iron receptacles have been in place since the 1920s, and only 12,700 remain out of the 61,700 booths in London.
As The Mobile Age may eventually render these tele-saurs extinct, people are snatching them up as collector’s items (bought for anywhere from $5000 to $10,000). The pay phone is also becoming an endangered species Stateside, where their number is down from 2.1 million in 1999 to 865,000 today. It looks like The Man of Steel will start having to change at home, like the rest of us.