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Margaux Stunzi (left) and Tony Cotrupi make cellphone calls in soundproof booths. Margaux Stunzi (left) and Tony Cotrupi make cellphone calls in soundproof booths. (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)
By Johnny Diaz
Globe Staff / November 6, 2011

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Nobody at Partners + Simons has to leave the office to make a private phone call. Instead, they slip inside one of two large, soundproof tubes in the company’s coffee and kitchen area where they can chat away.

The South Boston ad agency has two cellphone booths that look like something out of the transporter room from “Star Trek.’’

Trudy Almquist, chief financial officer at the agency, said that employees were regularly using conference and meetings room for private calls to their spouses or their children’s schools.

“Conference room time was at a premium, and this was a better option,’’ she said. “It’s just a place to talk to your doctor, adoption agent, your spouse, or whatever you have going on in your life. It’s to have a little privacy in a public place.’’