* How to "steal" local calls from most Payphones *
by the Jolly Roger
Now to make free local calls, you need a finishing nail. I highly
recommend "6D E.G. FINISH C/H, 2 INCH" nails. These are about 3/32 of
an inch in diameter and 2 inches long (of course). You also need a large
size paper clip. By large I mean they are about 2 inches long
(FOLDED). Then you unfold the paper clip. Unfold it by taking each piece
and moving it out 90 degrees. When it is done it should look somewhat
Now, on to the neat stuff. What you do, instead of unscrewing the
glued-on mouthpiece, is insert the nail into the center hole of
the mouthpiece (where you talk) and push it in with
pressure or just hammer it in by hitting the nail on something.
Just DON'T KILL THE MOUTHPIECE! You could damage it
if you insert the nail too far or at some weird angle. If this
happens then the other party won't be able to hear what you say.
You now have a hole in the mouthpiece in which you can easily insert the
paper clip. So, take out the nail and put in the paper clip.
Then take the other end of the paper clip and shove it under the rubber
cord protector at the bottom of the handset (you know, the blue guy...).
This should end up looking remotely like...like this:
Paper clip --> : : /
: : :
: To earpiece ->
Cord Blue guy
(The paper clip is shoved under the blue guy to make a good connection
between the inside of the mouthpiece and the metal cord.)
Now, dial the number of a local number you wish to call, sayyyy,
MCI. If everything goes okay, it should ring and not answer with the
"The Call You Have Made Requires a 20 Cent Deposit" recording. After the
other end answers the phone, remove the paper clip. It's all that
There are a couple problems, however. One is, as I mentioned
earlier, the mouthpiece not working after you punch it. If this
happens to you, simply move on to the next payphone. The one you are
now on is lost. Another problem is that the touch tones won't work
when the paper clip is in the mouthpiece. There are two ways around this..
A> Dial the first 6 numbers. This should be done without the paper
clip making the connection, i.e., one side should not be connected.
Then connect the paper clip, hold down the last digit, and slowly
pull the paper clip out at the mouthpiece's end.
B> Don't use the paper clip at all. Keep the nail in after you punch
it. Dial the first 6 digits. Before dialing the last digit, touch
the nail head to the plate on the main body of the phone, the money
safe thingy..then press the last number. The reason that this method
is sometimes called clear boxing is because there is
another type of phone which lets you actually make the call and listen
to them say "Hello, hello?" but it cuts off the mouthpiece so they
can't hear you. The Clear Box is used on that to amplify your voice
signals and send it through the earpiece. If you see how this is
even slightly similar to the method I have just described up there,
kindly explain it to ME!! Cause I don't GET IT! Anyways, this DOES
work on almost all single slot, Dial Tone First payphones (Pacific Bell
for sure). I do it all the time. This is the least, I STRESS
*LEAST*, risky form of Phreaking.
I was unable to update this one. From what I recall, it stil worked.
Look for payfones w/o the little volume button in the upper left of the
casing. They should be old enough to use.. -Exodus-