Until last year the telephone company KPN by law had to provide one phone booth per 5000 inhabitants. But on a population of 16 million, currently there are 17 million cell phones in the Netherlands; 95 % of the population never uses a public phone and from 2000 to 2006 the use of what in Dutch is called ‘phone cells’ dropped 75%.
According to newspaper Het Parool public phones in Amsterdam are used by criminals only. Cell phones are easy to trace. Phone booths are the only way to make an anonymous call. Only public phones are private. Now you can witness people holding a cell phone containing their address book punching in the number at a phone booth… instant suspect.