- Joined Mar 19, 2019
If you haven't noticed, that's already largely happened.With this kind of crap, landlines will go the way of the Dodo...
If you want to have fun with it, take a look at VoIP.ms, and an ATA (Analog Telephone Adapter) which will get you dialtone on all your existing phones, and run your own phone service. It's cheap as dirt, prepaid. A DID (phone number) is less than a buck a month, the per minute rate will be less than one cent.With the proliferation of cells, none of our 4 kids have a landline. This isn't a bad thing since my wife can call our kids all over the world on her cell for free not to mention the daily calls our grandkids make to us on Video over IP on the Google device they gave us. I figured they were running out of numbers was the reason for 10 digits. But with the proliferation of cells you would think that landlines were going down except for businesses. I guess it's time for me to look into VOIP.
A guy I worked with was an operator back in the '60s. Told me he was repeatedly getting into arguments often with customers who wanted to speak with a "real operator" and they were going to report him for impersonating an operator on the phone. Didn't matter that they got to him by dialing O. Yeah we had a huge problem with mechanical relays back in the '80s using modems. They could only reliably pass 1200 baud even though their operating regulations specified 9600 baud as the minimum required by law. Since we were having to pay long-distance rates, I got the GA State Public Service Commissioner involved and he yanked their chain about it. AT&T showed him their contract which stated that basically if we didn't like their service we didn't have to use it and they were NOT going to replace the mechanical relay rack with a solid-state high-speed one anytime in the foreseeable future so take it or leave it and they didn't care which. Lost that battle.served by the switchboard girls.
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by Jake Hertz