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Happy 143rd Birthday to the Telephone From The Telephone Doctor

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Posted By: JoniTx, 3/10/2019 5:08:57 PM

Since its first dramatic moment on March 10, 1876 with the now famous words: “Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you,” the telephone has had a remarkable and sometimes quirky history. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20190309005004/en/ --“We’ve forgotten some of the incidents in the development of the telephone,” said Nancy Friedman, president of Telephone Doctor Customer Service Training, headquartered in St. Louis MO. “For a device that has shaped our lives for over a century, its significant evolution is often taken for granted. In anticipation of celebrating its 143 [rd] anniversary, here

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Reply 1 - Posted by: qwerty 3/10/2019 5:31:25 PM (No. 552)
A story I´ve heard repeated, (I´m not sure of the truth of it) Bell himself didn´t like the sound of the ringer. He had stuffed some cotton in it to muffle the sound. It seems that in 1929 his stock broker tried to call him about the crash and to sell everything. He didn´t hear the phone and lost bundles.
If true, then it somehow seems like Karma. If not, at least it´s a good morality tale.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: trackman999 3/10/2019 5:45:54 PM (No. 550)
#1 Not possible. Bell died in 1922.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Safari Man 3/10/2019 5:49:48 PM (No. 548)
I rarely use a phone anymore. I use facetime voice more than a phone. My landline at home is more a souce of irritation than utility, what with the robo calls.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: JL80863 3/10/2019 6:02:34 PM (No. 553)
Talk about mixed emotions!
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Reply 5 - Posted by: mc squared 3/10/2019 8:10:25 PM (No. 554)
FTA: " Complaints of poor service ranks high and the most frustrating of all – according to https://twitter.com/clutch_co, is being put on hold."

Can´t blame ´The Telephone Company´ any more. Used to be you´d call 611 and a repairman was there in hours.
Since Judge Green broke up the Bell System in 1984, there are all kinds of providers now. Cellular, and VOIP over the Web.....
Who ya´ gonna call?
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Daisymay 3/10/2019 8:48:16 PM (No. 549)
Best move we made was getting rid of our Landline phone over five years ago. Don´t miss it a bit. NO Political calls or Robo calls! Gone! I´m old enough to remember my Grandma, on the Farm, had a wooden box phone on a wall in her Living room. We had to wind it and ask the operator to call our number. Then as a Teen we had a Party Line Phone. That was a hoot and very entertaining as everyone listened in to other people´s conversations. I now have an Iphone and hubby has a Flip Phone (refuses to carry it, but has it)! How times have changed!
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Reply 7 - Posted by: enemyofthestate 3/10/2019 9:13:30 PM (No. 547)
Remembering Lily Tomlin´s character, Ernestine, the telephone operator. One ringy dingy, two ring dingys.....
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Reply 8 - Posted by: JL80863 3/10/2019 10:24:37 PM (No. 551)
Wow, you got that right #5. Who in their right mind would screw up the world´s best telecommunications system. It certainly didn´t benefit the customers.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: Charactercounts 3/10/2019 11:54:52 PM (No. 546)
Everyone seems to be dropping their landline or VOIP home phone. Here´s a reason not to:

A friend, a nurse, conducts classes for new parents. She points out to them that eventually, they will be leaving their precious tot in the care of babysitters, even if only for an occasional night out. The parents go out, taking their cell phones with them. If there is no landline/home phone in the house, telephone access in case of emergency is now in the hands of a probably teen-aged babysitter and HER cell phone.

Do parents wish to trust that babysitter to have her phone charged, turned on, etc.? If they wish to call to find out how baby is, they have to call the babysitter´s cell phone. And,if there´s an emergency, with a home phone, all that babysitter need do is to use that phone to call 911, and the 911 system has an accurate home address as well.

It´s not that expensive. A life may depend on it. Don´t give up your home/landline phone.

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