Landlines

  • The sun has set on GE and RCA home telephones as Thomson announces it’s quitting retail telephony

    The sun has set on GE and RCA home telephones as Thomson announces it’s quitting retail telephony

    Newsflash: apparently nobody really buys landline phones anymore. At least, not enough people buy home phones that Thomson – the company behind GE and RCA phones — has decided “to exit with immediate effect its retail telephony activities in North America.” Ironically enough, I got this message just as I was sitting down to write up my review the phone system you see on the… Read More

  • Do you still have a landline?

    Do you still have a landline?

    A simple question: do you still have a landline telephone, or do you exclusively use a cellphone nowadays? Maybe you use both? I ask because there’s some question as to whether or not all these election polls are accurate. Several of them only call people who have landlines, which excludes people who exclusively use cellphones—young voters and the tech-savvy (you guys), I’m going… Read More

  • TrueCall secures your landline against fraud – or you could just disconnect it

    TrueCall secures your landline against fraud – or you could just disconnect it

    I guess if you’ve still got a landline, you’re a primary target for fraudsters. After all, it’s the year 2008 and you have a landline. Fortunately, something that sounds like it’s out of a 2004 SkyMall catalog is coming to the rescue. The TrueCall device answers every call with an unknown number instantly and asks who it is. The person identifies themselves, then the system… Read More

  • With the number of landline telephones decreasing, telecos scramble to replace lost revenue

    With the number of landline telephones decreasing, telecos scramble to replace lost revenue

    The number of landline telephones (POTS) is on the decline in the U.S., which is bad news for the likes of AT&T and Verizon since they still depend on their landline business for much of their total revenue. Take AT&T, which gets a whopping 32 percent of its total revenue from POTS. The latest numbers from the FCC show that there’s 163 million landlines in the U.S. as of June, 2007… Read More

  • 666 exorcised from Louisiana prefixes

    666 exorcised from Louisiana prefixes

    There are places all over America where 666, The Number Of The Beast, is a telephone prefix. Reeves, in Allen Parish, LA, is one less place, having finalized to change 666 to 749 over the next 90 days. This is sad for teenage goth kids througout the area, and for the one guy who’s number spelled the easy-to-remember word “MONSTER”. 666 Phone Prefix Cast Out Of Allen Parish [WSDU] Read More

  • XACT XQ2500 Wireless Headset for Landlines

    Jealous that your cell-using buddies are getting all the ladies with their Bluetooth headsets? Not willing to give up your beloved landline number you’ve had since the 70s? Then get this XACT XQ2500 Wireless Landline Headset. Yes, it’s a headset that goes on your ear, but instead of Bluetooth, it uses the 2.4GHz spectrum frequented by cordless home phones. Although it only costs $10… Read More