Source: AT&T sheds directories, advertising business | Mobile – CNET News.
The assets that AT&T is selling include the Yellow Pages directories…
Things are in constant change now days. Sometime the pace is dizzying indeed. Of course telecommunications is one of those things that is probably changing the fastest.
- In the 1960s you could find a public telephone booth on almost any city street.
- In the 1970s the Trimline telephone was being made at a rate of one million a week. Picture phones were available but at a $2,000 per month rate.
- In the 1980s almost every household finally had a landline telephone and a very few had a “mobile” telephone which at time cost around $300 per month.
- In the 1990s cordless phones were replacing the corded version in the typical American home and cellular service was just beginning.
- By 2000 cellular phones were becoming common place.
- By 2020 it is speculated that the country will be pretty much converted from landline to completely cellular service.
So I guess AT&T giving up its Yellow Pages is just a minor nick in the change but it just won’t seem the same without “letting my fingers walk through the Yellow Pages. 🙂 But then again, I don’t think I have opened last years version of the Yellow Pages. I now look up everything on the Internet.
Goodbye my Yellow Pages friend. You served me well but your time like so many things now days has come to an end.
2 thoughts on “The Passing of an Era…..”
Actually, I find it quicker to locate what I need in the Yellow Pages. I find that searching for something online means I have to wade through pages of ads or sites that aren’t really what I want. In the Yellow Pages if I want a dog trainer I have a list of 20 local numbers in front on me in under a minute.
Call me old school, but for local services I prefer to walk through that book.
You need to learn how to parse your search engine Bob to get it down to fewer choices. 😉 But in some ways I agree with you.