A call

She just called from Bratislava, Slovakia. She got there today.

On Friday she called from Budapest. They’d arrived to find it was St Stephen’s Day and everything was shut.

Both times the line was clearer than when talking to her on her old cordless phone in Footscray.

I’m glad she’s having a good time.

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.

3 replies on “A call”

In a way it shows what an easy time we live in. Showing my age, but trunk calls used be hideous and overseas calls almost pointless. Your call to your close by neighbour was ok, but as distance increased, the quality of the call reduced. Cordless phones do affect the quality of the call for sure and when I very rarely use a land line phone, I really notice the difference. These days the quality of land line calls is first class. We can even do it via the net, but at 20c per untimed local call, and very cheap STD and overseas calls, who would bother. (If you are not in Australia and thinks this sounds like paradise, don’t worry, we pay lot in phone rental)

We pay more in land line phone rental than we pay in cellular phone rental! It’s insane, but I’m not giving in. I know the phone company wants me to capitulate and rely entirely on my cellular phone so they can increase its price later, and I’m not biting.

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