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The Telecom Digest for April 29, 2013
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Date: Sat, 27 Apr 2013 17:12:24 +0000 (UTC) From: email@example.com (Garrett Wollman) To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Why Don't Cell Phones have Dial Tones? Message-ID: <email@example.com> In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>, <email@example.com> wrote: > There is no benefit to having a cell phone give a dial tone when it >is displaying system readiness already. All the calling party has to >do is look at it and see that the system is ready for him/her to >dial. There are plenty of blind and visually-impaired people out there for whom this is no help. I assume without evidence that there is some sort of market for assistive mobile phones which provide auditory and/or tactile cues for those who are unable to see or read an LCD display. -GAWollman -- Garrett A. Wollman | What intellectual phenomenon can be older, or more oft firstname.lastname@example.org| repeated, than the story of a large research program Opinions not shared by| that impaled itself upon a false central assumption my employers. | accepted by all practitioners? - S.J. Gould, 1993
Date: Sat, 27 Apr 2013 15:03:52 -0400 From: T <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Why Don't Cell Phones have Dial Tones? Message-ID: <MPG.email@example.com> In article <1366898374.93671.YahooMailClassic@web121903.mail.ne1.yahoo.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org says... > > Phones have come a long way since the old landline days. Our > smartphones are light, fast, and have more computing power than NASA > used to put a man on the moon.* Some advances came not by adding > things to the phone, but by taking things away. Noticeably missing for > anyone of a certain age is the dial tone. What happened to it? We > don't need it anymore. Or, at least the phones don't. > > > http://mentalfloss.com/article/50185/why-don%E2%80%99t-cell-phones-have-dial-tones > > > or > > > http://goo.gl/Jk5TW > Not just dial tones but I shut off all DTMF tones etc. from playing on the phone itself. I like my quiet phone.
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