Old Technology Repurposed

Isn’t it great how old tech can be repurposed?

For example, this 1995 landline telephone

telephone-clip-art-236886is now a state-of-the-art RoboCall Receiving Device!

(Just to clarify: this is me being snarky. It’s either that or punch a very large hole in my wall after receiving the same automated phone call on our old landline phone five to ten times a day for the last three months! Evil is real. It lives in a computer and has a phone!

Survey: Do you still have a landline?  If so, when was the last time you received a call from an actual human being (other than your mother)?

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42 Responses to Old Technology Repurposed

  1. trE says:

    I do still have a landline and I have a ton of numbers blocked with my phone company, so…I rarely get calls from automated callers and at least 5 people that I know, including my Mom, use the number. Lol

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  2. Hilarious! Yes, we have a landline and yes I get at least 10 automated calls per day! Most of the time there is nothing but silence on the other end when I pick up, but we also get health insurance calls and one from Google about a business listing we don’t even have. I usually only talk to my wife or my Mom on the landline. When I was a kid in the 80s all we had were corded phones. I still remember when the extra long cords came out. We thought it was so cool how far we could walk around! 🙂 God bless!

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    • mitchteemley says:

      Yeah, I get the silent robocalls constantly; I hang up after saying hello twice. But the ones that are driving me (extra) crazy are the automated messages from a certain energy supplier claiming to be our local power company (they’re not); same message, sometimes as many as five times in 15 minutes! Google, eh? Oy! We get calls every now and then with offers to help us sell our time-share condo (which we sold over 30 years ago). Bless you back, Ryan!

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  3. I still have the landline I got in 1999. I give that number to people I don’t ever want to talk to again. For people I want to talk to, I ask them to send me an email and request an appointment …

    Now if my mother did call my on my landline, I would find that an exciting, possibly frightening event – well considering she died in 2008 …

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  4. Ha! You crack me up. My son is in his 20’s and he is puzzled by our land line. He says it’s just like a having a special phone for the robots to call. I think that might be right. We don’t even get real people trying to sell us stuff, just recordings and robo calls.

    Really funny, there’s a phone on the wall at church and I often invite kids to use it, but they really don’t know what it’s for. One kid actually called his grandma who lives three states away, because hers was the only phone number he knew.

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  5. grAnnie Roo says:

    I was talking with my Texas grandkids on a land line, but I’d call their folks’ cells to say I was calling because they left the ringer off. Then the kids heard about Duo…

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  6. Gave up my land line 4+ years ago. Then I gave up my CenturyLink internet about a year later. Guess what, the evil robocallers have my cell phone number and donotcall.com doesn’t work like the government said it would. They exempted themselves for political campaigns. Ugh!

    All is well though. I’ve just dropped DirecTV in favor of internet streaming TV services. It’s been months since I turned on DirecTV so I canceled it. Rates going up again. I get good enough internet to stream a couple of TVs at a time.

    Be well my friend.

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  7. Yes, there is a landline in the house. Same problems as yours, and now my cell service is becoming the same pain in the fatootie. I no longer answer numbers I don’t recognize. If it’s important, the caller will go to voicemail. We have a red, push button phone hanging on the wall in the kitchen. It has become a conversation piece.

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  8. revruss1220 says:

    That’s hilarious. We gave up the landline seven years ago and haven’t missed it at all. Although I am noticing more and more robocalls now on my cell phone, which is annoying.

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  9. Ron Whited says:

    Still have a landline. Only a handful of people have the # so 99% of the time it rings it’s a robo call. Besides,if I don’t recognize the # I don’t ever answer it. Still,the calls keep on a coming though.

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  10. Gave up the land line 6 years ago. Now I get robocalls on my cell phone. 🤷🏻‍♀️

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  11. We still have a landline but my children are the only ones who use it…and they only use it to call me on my cell phone!

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  12. nancyehead says:

    Oh, may they please bring back the Do Not Call List! PLEASE!

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  13. Jon says:

    I live too far from the nearest cell tower for my cell to work in the house. So…

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  14. Why have you not put your phone number on the “Do Not Call List?” There is a number for land lines and cell phones! Those numbers have reduced my robo calls by 95 percent! It’s a must to maintain your sanity! 😎😎

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  15. swabby429 says:

    I’ve had the same land line for the past 40-plus years. I rarely receive robo calls or junk calls. My sister and other relatives call me regularly on it. My boyfriend and I chat on it a few times a week. I guess I must be a slow converter because I didn’t move up from dial-up Internet until six-years ago. I am in the process of phasing out my flip phone and have finally purchased a smart phone. This is odd because in every other way, I’m very progressive.

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  16. Yes. Today from the Doctor’s office.

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  17. Garfield Hug says:

    I do have a landline that is an unlisted number. I don’t get calls. My parents call me on my cell.

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  18. We had a landline up until a few years ago. The only thing I used it for was to call myself when I couldn’t find my cell. 😉

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  19. They called me this week. I pressed 1 to speak with a live person and explained that I was busy trying to repair a “hyper-stabulic super- ethereal transdimensional tribold converter and that the thingamabob kept falling off the hootenanny. He hung up on me.

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  20. Still have a landline. I have a cell phone as well. Living in a rural area it’s good to have so they can locate your house if there’s an emergency or you still have phone access if the power goes out for a long time. We do get some junk calls but not too often. Our family usually calls by landline.

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