End of the line for landline phones


“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” – Alexander Graham Bell

At one time this was the home telephone user’s dynamic duo: the landline phone and the accompanying address book. There was nothing too complicated about this setup. You wrote in the name, address and number of all your contacts. Easy peasy.

T H E  E N D  O F  A N  E R A

Saturday’s Weekend Challenge on partner Susan and my alternate site was the word END.

Roughly eighteen months ago I was one of those home users using both a cell phone and landline system. My room mate at the time insisted on having the dial up phone and so I obliged. Besides for a low monthly rate we had Canada/U. S. calling for free. No time restrictions.

When she finally split I continued  using the phone. But one day the unit started malfunctioning. A call to the provider’s help line informed me that they could send a repair person to remedy the situation but also pointed out that the land line was slowly becoming a communication dinosaur. An anachronism.

Bell was an optimist. Look to the future and not regret the past. Inspiring.

Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge – End


  1. I still have my landline. I held onto it because so many older friends have my number and I don’t want to lose contact altogether. The only time I use the landline is to answer it, I never make calls on it.
    These days, my contacts are in my cell phone, I still have a physical address/phone book but the only time I look at it is to find someone from years gone by, almost in another life.

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