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Submitted by moneymaker on May 24, 2018 - 1:09pm

Did not know until now that Verizon is actually an off shoot of ATT.
And when ATT was broken up in 1982-1984 their book value dropped 70%.

Submitted by FlyerInHi on May 24, 2018 - 2:52pm.

I knew.

When I was a kid, we used to go to the Bell store to rent phones made by Western Something. Then the FCC allowed customers to buy their own phones.

I told my nieces about the days before broadband. And they looked at me really strange, like really? How could that be?

Submitted by moneymaker on May 26, 2018 - 3:57pm.

yeah I remember my dad being really pissed off when I was a kid that he couldn't buy his own phone, had to rent from ATT or whatever it was called then. Now you can't hardly find those phones although they were really good phones that would've probably lasted 100 years+. Soon no one will have a landline because of the telemarketers ruining it for everyone and the government not doing anything about it. I really should give mine up along with my flip phone but I just ignore the telemarketers and tell myself the flip phone is for emergencies! LOL!
My theory is anytime a company pisses off customers it eventually bites them in the butt.

Submitted by spdrun on May 26, 2018 - 6:02pm.

The good quality rental phones are easily found on EBay and pretty darn cheap. Search for "AT&T 2500", "WECO 2500", or "Western Electric 2500" for the touch-tone models. The rotary phones are model 500.

Submitted by FlyerInHi on May 27, 2018 - 12:22am.

Quality wise, I don't think so, spdrun. Sound quality is better over FaceTime or Skype.

Submitted by spdrun on May 27, 2018 - 7:56am.

Skype is great if you like audio compression. Not being an Apple drone, I don't use Fecetime much.

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