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September 10th, 2004

Phones Are Cheap

It’s time for a little old-fogeyism, and really Friday is the best day on which to exhibit it.

This past week we moved into our new place and in advance of our stuff getting here, needed to get a corded phone. We feel it’s a good idea to have a backup corded phone in case of power loss, in which our cordless phone will be kaput (technology!) We shopped our local Target to get a new corded phone and, frankly, I was stunned by how cheap these things are now.

We got a corded phone with caller ID for $8.50. $8.50! Why, just a few years ago a phone with caller ID would have cost double that. And a super fancy classic-styled phone, very design-y, was just $20. That ain’t bad.

The nice thing is that cordless phones are cheap as well. One can be had for about $15 or so, new. It makes me glad that the days one needed to buy a phone from the phone company directly are long, long gone.

Posted in Technology

FROM: Chris
DATE: Friday September 10, 2004 -- 8:08:38 am
If you don't have one, you should get a very old school basic phone that doesn't need to be plugged in to a power outlet. That way you have still phone service during a power outage.

I think I paid $4.99 at Target for ours.

FROM: Putter the Porcupine [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday September 10, 2004 -- 8:45:02 am
I remember when my family had to pay about $100 for a cordless phone, back in the day. It was a beast and it only worked within the radius a normal cord would have reached to, but it was great.

FROM: Mario500 [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday September 10, 2004 -- 12:24:57 pm
You are reading a message from another fellow with the 'ol corded phone still in operation at his home.

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FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday September 10, 2004 -- 1:18:13 pm
We also have one corded phone in our house, bought on the cheap. I don't like to give any sort of account information out over a cordless phone, so I try to use the corded phone any time I need to give my credit card number. Paranoid, perhaps, but I heard a few too many cordless phone conversations on my old police scanner back in high school.

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Monday September 13, 2004 -- 1:01:31 pm
The old tech geek myself has a real dial phone as a back up--not the kind with push buttons in the old dial formation. It actually contains real spun metal bells inside of it to ring--imagine! The ring is the best part--it sounds great. I'll sometime purposely not pay a bill just so that the collectors will call and help me enjoy my old phone.

It's fun to watch people dial the thing. Placing a standard seven digit call takes at least thirty seconds, and even longer if there are a lot of zeros.

I love it.

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Monday September 13, 2004 -- 1:04:22 pm
Oh yeah, to be fully on topic, the phone was FREE! Someone threw it away. Can you believe it? It works perfectly! They probably just didn't know how to plug it in because it only had wires to screw into the plate--no plug, no modular connection.

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