Another year, another cordless telephone/answering machine.
I bought a cordless phone to replace an aging and failing 2.4 GHz model this week. Our luck with modern phones makes me long for the old days.
I like the old Western Electric 500 (also known simply as “The Bell Phone”) because it was specifically designed not to break.
Posted by Dave Farquhar on December 5, 2008
I heard on the radio this morning about an 82-year-old who up until two months ago was still paying AT&T $29.10 a month to lease a rotary phone.
I’m just barely old enough to remember those arrangements–when the government broke up the AT&T monopoly (the first time, before it rebuilt itself) consumers were given the option to opt-out. They could even buy the phones they had been leasing, if they desired–or they could return them.
Posted by Dave Farquhar on September 15, 2006
Someone I know house-sat this weekend for a couple who are slightly older than my parents. Their youngest daughter, from what I could tell, is about my age, and they have two older daughters. All are out of the house.
Posted by Dave Farquhar on June 2, 2003