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Pays $600 to Get Phone in Jerusalem

Six hundred dollars is a steep price to pay for the use of a telephone, but that is the sum paid to a subscriber in Jerusalem for agreeing to transfer his instrument to another person.

The payment of such a large sum is a result of the announcement made by the Post Office that no new telephone lines would be installed in Jerusalem before the Autumn of 1936. The shortage of telephones is so acute in Palestine today that even business enterprises are being informed by the Postmaster that their applications for telephones cannot be considered before 1937.