South America

Telefonica payphone (British-made Marconi)  Photos by Edward Stoever. Telecom payphone (French-made Schlumberger) Interesting kiosks....
Argentina has two phone companies: Telefonica in the south and Telecom in the north. Buenos Aires is divided between the two. Both companies use the same tokens but their cards aren't compatible.
Most families in Argentina have a land line or a cell phone and many have both. For travelers or those with no telephones, there are kiosks that consist of a small room with a number of telephones, fax machines, and occasionally a computer for checking email. One makes the phone call (local, national or international) first and pays the attendant afterward. Although payphones are easy to find, they are frequently out of order.