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Have the Landline Phones Completely Disappeared?

By Treeves Subscribe to RSS | January 10th 2012 | Views:

The advancement of technology and a change in our lifestyle and society have made few things obsolete. One such gadget that can be added to this array is the pay phones with the landline phone soon following them. At one point of time pay phones occupied every nook and corner of the city and were in much demand with vigorous usage. These semi-circled rectangular booths served the sufficed the needs of long-distance calling and local calling with no interruptions. There are several illustrations of these pay phones in the movies that almost occupied an entire scene.

As I watched a superman movie on my television sourced by Verizon FiOS Bundles, a scene caught my attention. It was the classic scene of superman using the telephone kiosks as a changing room in a revolving door. I wonder what superman would do now with the demise of these telephone booths. These pay phones were designed to accept coins before the call is made and the phone of 60's usually had a telephone operator to connect the calls. Now the telephone operators have disappeared paving way for automated machines.

Following in the foot-steps of pay phones are the landline telephones that stand on the verge of vanishing. It's probably been a very long time since you might have used your kitchen phones to make calls to your loved ones. How can you forget those uninterrupted talks with friends without having to worry about another call waiting? Apart from the engage tone, there were no other extra features on these phones and made our lives easier. These fixed line telephones were an integral part of our daily lives, few years back before the advent of wireless phone or any other technology phones became popular among masses. In those days, with landlines at home, we would be virtually not reachable to anyone once we left the home. There was ample time to finish all the chores with peace of mind and return home only to find everything intact. Later, with the advantage of added features like Caller ID, Redial and Call waiting, the hassle of missing a call when you're away from home was solved.

This simple no-complication involved phone was first invented by Alexander Graham Bell, later the concept was adapted to suit the modern-age technology demands. This basic phone had a microphone to speak and an earphone to listen from the other end. These two devices were usually built into the handset. These phones were usually connected to a network or a junction box by wires or cables and to the main station located centrally. The microphones converts the speech to sound waves to electric signals and sent to network station that forwards it to the other phone where it get converted by an earphone, or speaker, back into sound waves and back to speech. The ring tone of these telephones, particularly the 90's, made an alert sound so loud that the even if you're in some corner-end of the house it could be heard. Old telephones included a keypad that had to be dialed and not press the buttons like in the new-age phone. Dialing the number and getting connected to the other end was indeed a great task sometimes I feel that I miss that part in today's world. Then the advent of cordless devices became popular and these devices that had a portable handset and would work in within a limited range of the base station.

The new-age technology has pushed these gadgets into the graveyard of obsolete things. But, still there is some hope left the telephone companies who provide fixed lines by incorporating new features to suit the modern world.

Treeves - About Author:
Tina is a technology geek and likes to write about the importance of landline phones offered by services like Verizon FiOS Bundles. She stresses the value of fixed phones which are absolutely inexpensive when bundled with other services like Cable and Internet.

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