8 thoughts on “Dead Technology

  1. It’s been over a decade for sure since I used one. Funny though, there’s no way to get broadband Internet in the UK without getting a landline phone number in the package, which you’ll never use. Such a waste!

    • Hi Alphe, thanks for stopping by. A good ten years for me too. Those companies there must have a very good reason for needing a landline number, wow. What does that have to do with broadband? My company is called Cox, my DL is a bit over 300mb, upload is around 50 so it’s very nice. Stay safe!

    • OK, some are still used for Fax, an old but still useful technology. My cable provider offers phone service but the iPhone does that and much more of course.

  2. Still do. It’s the only thing that works when the lights go out. A few years ago, a lineman in Yuma crossed some circuits which shut down the grid throughout much of the Southwest.

    Nothing worked … gas stations, ATM’s, cell phone towers … everything was closed for about two days.

    I worked in a convenience store at the time, and we stayed open for a few hours to sell ice and other staples to our customers.

    Phones didn’t work because the network was routed through the Internet. Cell towers were overloaded, and then the batteries died.

    I went home and fetched my AT&T landline, brought it back to the store, plugged it in, and got a dial tone. I remained at the store all night in case anyone had an emergency because my phone was the only lifeline in the neighborhood.

    A landline could save someone’s life.

    • That’s really interesting, David! I remember noticing that land-line phones worked no matter what. You were a great employee! I bet the guy who made the mistake was summarily dismissed…

    • I’m not surprised! I remember those aluminum and glass phone boxes, nothing like the British boxes that are pretty well gone. Some were repurposed as flower boxes and other things.

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