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Jun 12

Proper Telephone Use

My day job consists of working in private industry supporting telephone equipment.  So, when videos like this come up, I tend to pay attention.  A friend of mine e-mailed this to me today, and I wanted to share it with you:

Video courtesy the AT&T Tech Channel

Growing up in the 1970’s and 1980’s, I remember having one telephone that hung on the wall in the kitchen with a rotary dial.  I remember when that leased phone was replaced with a touch-tone Trimline that we bought in the early 1980’s.  I always took dialing a telephone for granted (although by the time I was a kid, the central office names, like “Charlie-2” or “Hedrick-2” had been replaced by their numeric equivalents (242 and 432 in these examples).

While I was looking at other videos on AT&T’s website, I came across another one that, while as relevant as today, still carries strong meaning:

This of course brings me to the current version of phone courtesy, from the folks at the Alamo Drafthouse (this is the censored version, and is safe for work):

This of course should serve as a reminder that people should be polite when using a phone, whether it is in the office or a cell phone, texting or talking can irritate those around you.

The next time I go to see a movie, I will be going out of my way to go to one of their three Houston locations.  Thanks Alamo Drafthouse!

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Michael Jones

Michael Jones is the founder of On The Spot Communications and On The Spot Blog.

A native of Ottawa, Kansas (approximately 60 miles South-West of Kansas City), he was born in the early 70's and lived most of his early life without traveling far from home.

He has since lived in Lenexa, Kansas (suburb of Kansas City), Houston, Texas, and now resides in Frisco, Texas (north of Dallas, Texas). He has had the experience of traveling to Tokyo, Japan and Tel Aviv, Israel, as well as numerous places around the USA.

A self-professed computer geek, when Michael's not working in his telecommunications job, he enjoys Model Railroading and Paintball.

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