Well, I used to have 3 landlines, so I guess 2 is an improvement.
What set me off is, Instapundit linked a New Yorker cartoon mocking the landline.
There’s lots to mock. Nobody important calls us on the landlines anymore. We’re a family of 3, with 5 phone numbers. Yes, we each have a cell phone, and like I said, anyone important calls us on our cell. When the landlines ring it’s almost always a telemarketer or some other undesirable caller. Unless it’s the pizza guy, who got lost, again. That’s one benefit to the landline, a database lookup at Papa John’s that gives them our address even before they pick up the phone.
Once upon a time the landline was ubiquitous. Ma Bell sent -48VDC down those wires come Hell or high water. The phone always worked. And we used it. A lot.
Then some technodweeb invented FiOS.
When the power goes out, FiOS dies 8 hours later, rendering the landline useless.
Lately it seems like our power goes out every couple of months, for days at a time.
So why am I still paying for 2 landlines?
Inertia, I guess. One’s the “house phone.” Rings in almost every room. We don’t answer it; not without checking Caller ID first. The other is Tammy’s fax line. But the thing is, I can’t remember the last time she sent or received a fax. It rings too. We don’t care. The fax machine answers it. And whoever is calling inevitably hangs up.
OK, you convinced me. Line 2 is a goner. Let me call
New Jersey Bell Verizon right now. Oh, wait. They’re not open at night. Somebody remind me tomorrow during business hours. I’ll disconnect it then for sure. If I remember.
The house phone is tied to my Internet bundle though. I can’t disconnect it.
I sure do wish it came with that ubiquitous -48VDC. Then I’d feel good about keeping it. Instead I feel like a schmuck.