How to unlock Payphone Hits in GTA Online for assassinations

GTA Online Payphone Hits
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Knowing how to unlock Payphone Hits in GTA Online opens the door to another side hustle, this time working as a gun for hire to carry out a series of varied assassinations. These jobs are sent your way by Franklin on behalf of the Agency's top clients, and are delivered by the public phones dotted around town to ensure the origins of the work can't be traced back. If you've worked through the GTA 5 Stock Market and Lester's Assassination Missions in the past then you'll be familiar with this concept already, and Franklin even alludes to your previous jobs for Lester when you step back into the shoes of a hitman in GTA Online. They're not available immediately, so here's what you need to do to unlock GTA Online Payphone Hits.

How to unlock Payphone Hits in GTA Online

GTA Online Payphone Hits

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To unlock Payphone Hits in GTA Online, you need to get your Agency business set up then complete a total of three Security Contracts. These can be initiated through the computer in your office once you're registered as a CEO, and it doesn't matter which sort of contracts you complete or if you repeat the same type. Once you've finished three of them, Franklin will contact you to confirm that GTA Online Payphone Hits are now available.

GTA Online Payphone Hits locations

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To start Payphone Hits in GTA Online, you need to discover a ringing phone (marked as a blue telephone icon on your map when nearby) then approach it and interact to take the call and receive details of the assassination. There are a large number of public telephones available and any of them could ring at random, so we've marked all of the known GTA Online Payphone Hits locations to get started on the map above – if you're close and the phone isn't ringing, move on to another position and see if it triggers there. Alternatively, you can also call Franklin direct to see if he has any of this particular work available, which should then place a Payphone icon nearby on your map.

How to complete GTA Online Payphone Hits

GTA Online Payphone Hits

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Once you've initiated one of the GTA Online Payphone Hits, you'll receive details of your target(s) who will then appear as red crosshair icons on the map. Pay particular attention to the Assassination Bonus, which can be viewed at any point by holding right on the d-pad, as this will significantly increase your payout if you achieve it. Fulfilling this bonus objective should also help you avoid having to escape a police wanted level, or dealing with reinforcements dispatched to avenge the victim. Track down your target(s), take them out, then leave the area to complete Payphone Hits in GTA Online.

You'll receive GTA$15,000 for completing a hit, with an additional GTA$70,000 awarded if you meet the bonus criteria. The first time you successfully use the bonus method for each hit, you'll also unlock a trophy on the shelves behind your Agency desk, as follows:

  • The CEO: construction helmet
  • The Cofounder: Sticky Bomb
  • The Dealers: Merryweather-branded cap
  • The Hitmen: Coil logo trophy
  • The Judge: golf ball and tee
  • The Popstar: model Annis Euros
  • The Tech Entrepreneur: model Taxi
  • The Trolls: iFruit laptop computer with bullet holes

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Iain Wilson
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Iain originally joined Future in 2012 to write guides for CVG, PSM3, and Xbox World, before moving on to join GamesRadar in 2013 as Guides Editor. His words have also appeared in OPM, OXM, PC Gamer, GamesMaster, and SFX. He is better known to many as ‘Mr Trophy’, due to his slightly unhealthy obsession with amassing intangible PlayStation silverware, and he now has over 500 Platinum pots weighing down the shelves of his virtual award cabinet. He does not care for Xbox Achievements.