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AT & T to hang up on pay phones
AT & T to hang up on pay phones

AT&T Inc. is getting out of the business that gave Agent 86 a cunning way to enter CONTROL headquarters in "Get Smart." The nation's largest phone company said Monday that it would stop owning and operating public pay phones by the end of next year. But that doesn't necessarily mean Superman will have to find a new changing room. San Antonio-based AT&T -- which operates 65,000 pay phones around the country, including 21,000 in California -- will put them up for sale. Independent operators already own more than half of the estimated 1 million such devices in the U.S. and probably will bid on those being put on the block by AT&T. Even in the age of mobile handsets and...