Check out this story in the LA Times regarding a student project.
UC San Diego students and artists are organizing the Freephone Art Project in Tijuana, Mexico, says Diane Haithman in the L.A. Times (5/21/09).
They’re installing a phone on an outside wall of the student-run Lui Velazquez Gallery, at the Tijuana border, to provide people who have been deported from the U.S. a chance to make one free call after they have been returned to Mexico. The artists purchased a nonworking pay-phone casing on EBay, wired it to a new $10 phone and hooked the contraption up to an adapter that will allow the phone to make Skype calls anywhere in the world over the Internet. The artists are splitting the $20-per-month cost. Says curator Micha Cardenas, a longtime border activist, “[I]t uses this strategy of building the world we want instead of asking for it.” The phone goes live May 30.