Deep down, we thought it could happen. Another little event in the cellular surpassing land-line usage saga occurred on September 19, 2007. I don't know if many will even notice the milestone. I wonder if anyone will even miss the service which provided the time. Effective that September day this year, you could no longer call POPCORN (7672676).
I didn't even notice it till this morning trying to get the time with the land-line by my bed by dialing 767 XXXX. Instead of the familiar, grandma-sounding voice of "At the tone, the time will be…" I got, "Effective September 19, 2007, the time-announcement information service has been discontinued. We apologize for any inconvenience." It repeated once, then gave a busy signal.
Has anyone used the feature lately? It used to be that you could basically put any four-digit number after the 767 prefix to hear the correct time. I wonder if this has just been an AT&T thing in California. I certainly haven't heard an announcement about its discontinuation.
I used to like the feature as a kid, and it's still convenient today. I view this connected to the recent head line, Cell Phone Bills Surpassing Land Line. Actually, I think the phone company has discontinued a valuable feature. "Everyone should complain," I say, laughing as I type this on my computer, "LOL."
It may be a short footnote in the ongoing saga as cellular use surpasses wired service, but I think it's one that shouldn't go unnoticed. I'm sure many of you have used this feature before, so I bring it to your attention. Sadness could even have been one of my emotions, along with frustration. My first thought that came to mind in words was, "That sucks!"
What are your feelings about it? Will you even notice its passing? Personally, I think it's cheap the phone company would discontinue the service. I'm sure it doesn't cost them that much to operate it, and it's a convenience I would like to see return. For now, however, we're stuck with a recording with little information when we want the time, at least here in northern California. Do you still have the service in your area?