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    the 3700 dollar phone

    In a way this is kind of a funny news article, but in more ways it is just downright sad. This poor guy has been leasing his phone from AttaT since 1952. That is somewhere in the neighborhood of 3700 dollars (not factoring in inflation however). Its quite the phone too, its got one touch dialing...you put your finger into the dial and rotate it around.

    http://www.bangordailynews.com/news/...540&zoneid=176
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    WOW! I'm amazed anyone still leases! Let alone the "hundreds of thousands" that AT&T sez.

    I remember being in the Bell store in the Bangor Mall getting a touch tone phone just before they broke up Bell. Orono still used analog switching but they had come out with push button phones that would work on either system.

    The neice's comments are hilarious.

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    This comment is partially incorrect:

    "The bottom line is, it’s totally ridiculous to lease a phone when you can buy a better one for much less money," Jortner said.

    Less expensive? Yes. Better? I seriously doubt the phones you buy nowadays will last over 50 years like the old one did.
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    Unfortunately, now the guy's going to have to get a new number since his current number is plastered all over the internet in the picture of the phone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    This comment is partially incorrect:

    "The bottom line is, it’s totally ridiculous to lease a phone when you can buy a better one for much less money," Jortner said.

    Less expensive? Yes. Better? I seriously doubt the phones you buy nowadays will last over 50 years like the old one did.
    I guess it depends on how you define "better". Modern phones have much more functionality than older rotary dial phones. For example, a modern phone might be cordless, have caller ID, store frequently called numbers, use DTMF for dialing (and for navigating phone systems), have full duplex speaker phone capability, and many other options and features.

    A modern phone may or may not last 50 years. But most people will wish to purchase a new phone sometime within that 50 years to acquire the new features and functions offered by the new device. So for most users, a lifetime of 50 years or more for a phone is meaningless and of little value.

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