telephones

  • First Ever Sketch Of Alexander Graham Bell's Telephone Concept

    It was only 135 years ago, today, that Alexander Graham Bell was awarded his patent for the telephone. And here we have one of his first sketches of the magical device. To this day, it’s unsure if he was standing on the edge of his toilet, hanging a clock, and slipped on wet porcelain before drawing this. Read More

  • Cheap, simple landline phone call recorder

    If you’ve been looking for a way to discreetly (and in some states, illegally) record your phone conversations and you have $16 at your disposal, then your ship has come in. Read More

  • 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… Read More

  • trueCall: The British invention that stops nuisance phone calls

    Have you heard of this trueCall device? Two Brits designed it, and what it does, or aims to do, is sit between the outside world and your landline telephone in order to weed out unwanted calls. You set up a whitelist and blacklist—all whitelisted phone numbers come through without hassle, while all blacklisted numbers are greeted by an automated “leave me alone” message. When… Read More

  • 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… Read More