I don't know
about you, but I really miss the hard-wired POTS (Plain Ordinary Telephone System)
days of remote communications. Unless the conversation was with an overseas telco system, there was never a
noticeable delay where both parties were constantly either 'stepping' on each other's words or having to
consciously wait before speaking to make sure the other guy has finished. Whether it be cellphone-to-cellphone
or cellphone-to-VoIP, nearly every conversation is annoying. Sometimes when one party is on the POTS line with
either a cell or Internet connection it can go well, but if you want a hassle-free conversation
(assuming the person you're talking to is not a PiTA), you need a hard-wired
connection on both ends. People loved to hate Bell Telephone back in the day, but I'll take it over what we
suffer through now.
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Posted March 27, 2015