@)^_@$*_(%)& @)^_@$*_(%)% ThE fUtUrE oF fOrTrEsS: "At&T pUbLiC pHoNe 2oOo 206-248-9507 206-248-9505 Its finally here. SeaTac Airport now has the latest in Fortress fashions, the AT&T PUBLIC PHONE 2000. These really are beautiful machines. Black and sleek design, a 6 inch monitor with a small complete keyboard [F keys included] below the main structure. If you want to see one (play with one) for yourself the best selection is near Gate S9 (NorthwestAir Terminal). The 2000 is nothing less than a payphone/computer terminal that is menu driven and even has a "data port" phone jack allowing users to jack their own laptops/modems into the 2000. Users can access a menu to changed parity, bit and select either 300, 1200 or 2400 baud rates. The rates are actually competitive with standard time-share terminals (which is to say they are HIGH rates). The 2000 has rates of $2.50 for the first ten minute use block and $1.00 for the next ten minute block of time. This works out to $7.50 an hour. These fees are only for local area calls, any LD calls have the usual charges of a voice call added to the call. Seems like a big chunk of money, but its a lot cheaper than the bar bill I can generate when cooling my heals for hours at the airport waiting for a flight. The bad news is that these machines can only be operated by cards (credit cards and phone cards). This leaves no legal way for users to anonymously access these terminals (unless they call 800 dialups). Gee, I wonder why they did that? If you find yourself killing some time up at Seatac, its really worth checking it out.