Speed Bump by Dave Coverly

Speed Bump

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  1. SusanSunshine

    SusanSunshine GoComics PRO Member said, over 5 years ago

    And … I hate to say it, but they weren’t smart.

  2. The Saccharine-Free Bakery

    The Saccharine-Free Bakery said, over 5 years ago

    Not quite gmartin, we had to listen for a dial tone and then dial. Cordless phones still do. What corded phones didn’t have back then, was redial and Caller ID. But they didn’t use electricity so they still worked in a power outage…

  3. JazzyBella

    JazzyBella GoComics PRO Member said, over 5 years ago

    Ah the old landline…gone but not forgotten.

  4. Colt9033

    Colt9033 said, over 5 years ago

    Still prefer them, they don’t need recharge.

  5. bibliotechnique

    bibliotechnique said, over 5 years ago

    Is this the party to whom I am speaking?

  6. Bear

    Bear said, over 5 years ago

    Actually, they did use electricity — just not ours. The phone switching stations take power from the local grid not only to run themselves (and all the old-style telephones they serviced) but also to charge batteries so they can keep running if the power goes out. I was working for the local power co-op when there was a bad storm with widespread, longterm outages, and one concern was the batteries in the phone stations would run out before everything was back online.

  7. Rockngolfer

    Rockngolfer said, over 5 years ago

    I remember phones with no dials, You would pick up the receiver and the operator would ask “Number please.”
    And the number was 4 digits.

  8. GROG!

    GROG! GoComics PRO Member said, over 5 years ago

    And no speed dial, either.

  9. beviek

    beviek GoComics PRO Member said, over 5 years ago

    very cute!!

  10. exoticdoc2

    exoticdoc2 said, over 5 years ago

    And they’re the only ones.

  11. Vegas Viper

    Vegas Viper said, over 5 years ago

    Rockngolfer… and they were party lines
    (more than one household on one line)

  12. Sky1946

    Sky1946 said, over 5 years ago

    I remember party lines from when I was a kid. We used to listen to other people’s conversations and giggle! The way you knew the call was for you was the number of rings. We kids picked up the phone no matter how many rings and listened anyway, as I am sure other people on the party line did as well.

  13. SusanSunshine

    SusanSunshine GoComics PRO Member said, over 5 years ago

    Why is everybody talking in past tense? I have a smartphone but I still need a land line, for keeping down my cell minutes and for my DSL service. And there are isolated rural or mountainous communities that still have party lines.

  14. Carl Knoblock

    Carl Knoblock GoComics PRO Member said, over 5 years ago

    I worked for the phone company for 32 years. In that time, long distance went from over a dollar a minute, with a 3 minute minimum, to 5 cents with a minute minimum, and even free with some plans. With cell phones now, there is no long distance, except international, and that’s cheap. We had a power failure one time where our backup generator failed, and we had to shut down the office to save the batteries. Fun times. :)

  15. Dry and Dusty

    Dry and Dusty GoComics PRO Member said, over 5 years ago

    And the truth will out! Oh the shame of it all!

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