The Last Telephone
Have you have you bought a landline phone lately? It just
isn't done. Phones come in sets two phones, three phones, four
phones, or even five phones. People used to think they had to
have a phone for every room. Now, they use a cell phone and
seldom use a regular telephone at all.
A telephone rests in a box on a low shelf at Staples, where it
has gradually been pushed to the back of the shelf, and is
barely visible at all. There are telephone sets on display but
very few to actually purchase, and take home. In fact, this
phone is the only one left in the world. It is a nice phone,
but no one wants it.
If a customer finds a phone they like in the display, the
store will order that model online and have it delivered to
the customer. How ridiculous. Most likely people have checked
prices and have a pretty good idea of they want already. If
anyone wants to order online, they will do it themselves.
The only reason people go to electronic stores now is to see
the actual merchandise. They then pull out their smart phone
to see where they can get one cheaper. No one seems to see or
want the lonely phone that is on the shelf. In spite of its
many features, it isn't smart enough.
Maybe they don't realize that phones now can be connected to a
cell phone? With new technology, desk phones can connect to
cordless headsets as well as to mobile phones. People can't
see the point and don't want a land phone. After all, a cell
phone is a TELEPHONE, as well as a computer and many other
People want to play Angry Birds and send text messages.
The makers of telephones know that home phones are becoming
obsolete and are trying to make them more like cell phones.
But the phone is still not actually mobile. It is cordless but
will only work when it is close to the base that is
transmitting the signal.
Even office phones are no longer phones. They can do tricks.
Phone calls come in on a computer and pop up on the screen
with the caller ID displayed. If no one answers, it takes the
message and emails it to the user. Even so, people often have
both a business desk phone and a business cell phone.
But wait! A customer is looking at the display phone on the
shelf. The phone has waited so long for a home. It has waited
and waited for someone to get tired of an old phone that went
dead, can't be charged, cuts them off, and is not dependable.
Of course, the person could buy new batteries, but it is
easier to buy a new phone.
"I'm here! I'm here!" thinks the phone. But it
cannot say what is in its circuits. It can only say the number
of an incoming call and it has to be plugged in for that. The
telephone fears it is destined to be obsolete.
Before long humans will be saying, "Remember when people
had phones they could only use in the house?" They will
laugh like they do now at the mention of its ancestors, phones
with long curly tails, antenna, or dials instead of buttons.
And even push buttons are becoming obsolete. Humans speak the
number and the smart phone knows who to call.
But someone has discovered the phone and is picking it up!
They are carrying it to the register. It is going to have a
home at last. This is an event to be remembered� something
to go down in the history of technology.
Someone has just purchased the last telephone.