How to steal local calls from 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

like this:



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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 this:

/----------\ Mouthpiece

: :

Paper clip --> : : /

: /---:---\

: : :



: To earpiece ->

^ ^


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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

simple, see?

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-