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  •  yep, that's how it works, or doesn't. (2+ / 0-)
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    WisePiper, TrueBlueMajority

    My company used to have a low-4-figure monthly cellphone bill.  Then came the dotcom crash so we ditched that expense.  At present we have a low-3-figure landline bill and those who want cellphones use their personal ones.  

    As for me, I use a pager that costs about $10/month.  "Never carry a transmitter when a receiver will do," and clients prefer the "non-interrupt feature" so I'm not distracted by phone calls when I'm on their site.  

    •  My GOD! I didn't know pagers still exist. (4+ / 0-)

      Will it play a 78?

      Yo, CoC, ‹^› ‹(•¿•)› ‹^›

      by WisePiper on Fri May 27, 2011 at 11:50:39 PM PDT

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      •  yep, and not only that: Doctors use them. (4+ / 0-)

        I have a number of doctors & nurses among my clients, and they all use pagers too.

        I had to invent a PBX feature to enable them to rapidly change who gets paged from one day to the next, at the press of a button.

        Pagers work where cellphones and other devices don't.  Coverage is almost universal.  All the device has to do is receive a radio signal with a "message" consisting of a dozen bytes.  It's robust, reliable, and doesn't tell Big Brother when you visit the local dirty book store.  

        Important concept:  Selective Adopter.  That means someone who chooses the most appropriate technology for the purpose, rather than jumping on a bandwagon because everyone else is doing it.  

        •  We're moving, and so getting new (0+ / 0-)

          phone services. We only have a landline now, but are considering getting a pay-as-you-go cellphone, a trac-phone or whatever, on account of peer pressure! (Well, and the convenience of calling the pizza place to order before we get there; but we hardly ever use the phone.) Your pager story is making me think we only really need a landline in the new house.

          "Gussie, a glutton for punishment, stared at himself in the mirror."

          by GussieFN on Sat May 28, 2011 at 05:08:40 AM PDT

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          •  exactly. (1+ / 0-)
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            And there are pagers with voicemailboxes.

            So you get a landline with "call forward no-answer" to the voicemailbox/pager number, and that way you always know when you've got messages.   Resist the telco's sales effort to get you to buy a "bundle."  

            As for peer pressure..... what did our parents tell us about giving in to peer pressure...?

            OTOH depending on your location, it might also be worth having a cheap TracFone for purposes of emergency calls on the road.

            But for long conversations without interruptions, nothing beats being able to stretch out on the couch and blab over the old hardwired landline.

      •  It may be a joke to you... (0+ / 0-)

        ...but we have a couple of friends in the medical profession, and they live by their pagers.

        As to your punchline, one of my recent hobbies is actually collecting 78s and restoring Victrolas. You can see a tiny sampling of my collection here:

    •  No need to respond to that last comment. (1+ / 0-)
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      Thanks for the education you gave me this evening.

      Yo, CoC, ‹^› ‹(•¿•)› ‹^›

      by WisePiper on Fri May 27, 2011 at 11:53:03 PM PDT

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