ALMOST 50 street phone boxes look set to be removed in Kirklees.
The move is part of a nationwide review of the system by BT.
Mobile phone ownership is one of the main reasons for the cuts being made by the company.
BT is consulting district, parish, town and community councils about the plans to remove payphones which it believes are no longer needed.
This includes 47 of the 442 street phone boxes in Kirklees and a total of 272 in West Yorkshire.
BT says the increase in mobile phone ownership has led to a complete "culture change" in communication.
The number of calls from BT payphones has almost halved in the last three years and revenue is down more than 40%.
The company will keep 1,898 kiosks in West Yorkshire, including 168 loss-making phone boxes, to ensure communities have access to vital payphones.
Paul Hendron, director of BT Payphones, said: "We recognise that people have concerns about our plans to reduce the number of payphones, but BT is still committed to the service, particularly for communities who need it most."
He said the company had to get the balance right between commercial pressures and retaining loss-making payphones that provided a vital service.
Across Great Britain, of BT's 75,000 street phone boxes 29,000 are profitable, 19,000 break even and 27,000 lose money.
BT's review will be completed by the end of 2005.
Notices are being placed in the kiosks which the company believes will be longer be needed.