I cant stand the ring of a telephone. I dont even have my mobile phone on vibrate anymore, I have it set to Off. If someone needs to contact me, they know how to, and I will respond to them as soon as is pertinent.
To me, Land-line Telephones (especially without Caller ID) are essentially the same thing as an someone else’s alarm clock in the next room waking me up at 5:00 AM when I would rather be sleeping.
I’m not even sure of the statistics on it, but I imagine the infrastructure for business landlines isn’t quite as necessary as we want to think. I’ve heard of people that work for call centers from home using an IP Telephony service (such as Skype), or even abroad from a forwarded number from an IP telephony services to a mobile phone. Examples are on google, I’m sure. I simply don’t think land-line telephones will last much longer.
Perhaps it won’t completely go away, but will become an odd service like the telegram (which Western Union actually still provided until 2 years ago, on January 27, 2006; so it took roughly 145 years to kill that technology).
I wonder how long before this technology becomes obsolete and land-line telephones will be an odd relic of the past.
Arvale Episode IV, Stygia Screens