Hello Alexander Graham Bell. Your invention is going the way of the Dodo bird. As more and more people drop their landline connection and opt for cell phones, or VOIP, the phone companies are quickly losing interest in any wired connections. Verizon will not be the last company to start to phase out the old phones. Even AT&T offers DSL service without having to have a landline phone.

According to a recent article:

All traditional phone companies are suffering because many customers are canceling their landlines in order to use phone service from their cable companies or simply to rely on their cellphones. Speaking earlier at the Goldman conference, Randall Stephenson, chief executive of AT&T, and Ed Mueller, head of Qwest Communications, both talked about seeing a day when their landline businesses would stop shrinking.

Mr. Seidenberg said that his “thinking has matured” and that trying to predict when the company would stop losing voice landlines “is like the dog chasing the bus.”

In other words, that snipping sound you hear around copper phone lines is just going to get louder.

By converting most of its landline operation to FiOS, Mr. Seidenberg said Verizon had a new opportunity to cut costs sharply. FiOS uses the decentralized structure of the Internet rather than the traditional design of phone systems, which route all traffic through a tree of regional, then local offices.

Which brings up another point I was thinking about last evening. I don’t know how many of you this may affect, but I ran into an unusual situation when I signed up for Vonage. When I checked on Vonage sites for service where I live, I was informed that Vonage was not available where I live. Yet, it was available in a town about 10 miles from where I reside. What didn’t make any sense to me was the fact that the town where Vonage was available is a small town of about 1,000 folks.

Here is what I did. I signed up for a Vonage account using the prefix number for the town I mentioned above. My thinking was that this should work well and it has. With most of us having unlimited plans for whatever phone service we use, it really didn’t matter much what number I used or where it was located. IMHO.

Comments welcome.