The Office Telephone, 1875-2008

I have an office in Denver, told IT to not bother putting a phone in it… the number just forwards to my mobile phone so why not just use my mobile number all the time. The interesting thing I noticed is that the direct office line rarely got called anyway. I don’t think we are that far off from office phones being optional. Unified messaging still gets talked about a lot, but with kickass services like Grand Central being decoupled from any physical phone network, we can just take it with us wherever we go.

“YOU hardly ever hear the phone ring any more,” the publicity director at my publishing company said last summer. “I walk down the hall now, and it’s just so quiet.”

[From The Office Phone Call Was Music to the Ears - New York Times]

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