Since April 2013, Circet has dealt with telephone booths on behalf of Orange France. 95% of the contract work consists in dismantling telephone booths, and 5% in maintaining them, on over half the French territory. In total, Orange is dismantling 100,000 booths over five years, as these booths are no longer part of the universal service that the legacy voice company is expected to provide.
With the smartphone revolution, telephone booths are clearly not as useful as they were in the 1980s. In the golden age of phone cards, roughly 250,000 telephone booths populated our pavements. In 2013, there remained 120,000 of them. In an initial phase completed at the end of 2015, Orange reduced their number to 60,000. In a second phase completed at the end of 2017, 40,000 more booths have been dismantled.