This article could save your skin. There are a million reasons you might not have your smartphone and have to resort to a payphone. And if that happens around Portland, will be in luck.

I'm still surprised whenever I see one around town, and even more surprised when I see someone using one! If you asked me where you could find one, I wouldn't be able to tell you.

Even if I DID need a payphone, I wouldn't have the quarters to use them! But hey, I'm glad we still have them, even in Portland, Maine. Just in case.

Even though 97% of Americans own a smartphone, it's still profitable to have a payphone at your establishment.

According to, if a payphone is used three times a day, it's still profitable. In 2015, payphones raked 280 million dollars a year!

Did you know there are still over 200 payphones in Portland? And hundreds more are all over Maine!  The Pay Phone Project has a list of EVERY one of them, and their number! So if you heard a payphone ringing, would you pick it up?

There's actually a fair amount in Portland, and more than you might expect, according to We counted over 200!

Where is There a Payphone in Portland, Maine?


If you think all these payphones are a bit old-fashioned, wait until you head up Route 26 to Bryant Pond. There, you will find the largest telephone in Maine and in the WORLD!

The people of Bryant Pond used their hand-cranked phones in the homes until 1983! So look for this black beauty the next time you are headed through the Bryant Pond/Woodstock area on Route 26.

If you're headed North on 26, you'll see it on the left side of the road as you exit town.

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