Was “Verizon payphone” written on this abandoned Porter Square anachronism by the utility itself? Or is this an acerbic comment on the quality of Verizon service? It certainly serves, either way, as a marker of where technology has brought us — a country in which cell phones have stripped many urban areas of the once ubiquitous pay phone.

The odds of the writing being a criticism of Verizon is unlikely, actually; the company regularly ranks at or near the top in annual surveys of phone signal strength and customer service, even when people ask specifically about Verizon in Cambridge.

Do you have a Nice Shot? Take aim, explain why (and where) you chose your target and send it along to[email protected].