Is The Phone Call Dying or Did We Miss the Funeral?

Some say the phone call has already died but no one has dared to bury it and let it rest in sort of peace. Think about it for just a moment. When was the last time you actually DIALED a number? Do you have to give it more thought than you expected?  Aren’t cell phones used more today for other things than they are for phone calls?

But the question that lingers is: why?

Part of the explanation must lie in the rising cost of long distance calls and the free services available via email, IM and VOIP services such as Skype. “Phone bars” in Europe have switched to Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) for their long distances services and in the end, everyone saves money with them.

Another aspect concerns the convenience of the capability to store phone numbers. Texting couldn’t be any easier, which is why it is so popular among teenagers who, according to some statistics, send as many as 1,500 texts per week! One big advantage texting has over the phone call is that the text can be answered at any time while a phone call is an interruption that usually requires immediate attention.

You can also save emails and texts for as long as you want. Email remains unless it is deleted and texts will last as long as you keep the phone. Even though saving conversations can have negative repercussions, it is still very convenient to be able to do so. Ironically, while the phone call may be in its death throes, devices with phone functionality are all over the place.

There are only 1.3 billion landline phones, but more than 3 billion mobile phones on earth. Half the world has a mobile, and the numbers are increasing in proportion to the increasing complexity of our lives.

So do not ask for whom the phone rings.

Apparently, at least for most of us, it no longer does.

What do YOU think about this?

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