Re: Customer-friendly word for "landline"

Subject: Re: Customer-friendly word for "landline"
From: "Monique Semp" <monique -dot- semp -at- earthlink -dot- net>
To: List, Techwriter <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 3 Feb 2011 15:55:31 -0800

A thought -- although not likely a good fit in terms of why you're referring
to the landline, I think that the term may be morphing into an "emergency
phone" sort of thing.

And it's timely now, with all the storms and power outages in the US at the
moment, to recall that emergency agencies have been trying (without much
success it seems) to convince people that it's important to keep an old
fashioned phone around the house and pay for the most basic plan -- some
phone companies are even calling it a 911-line, I think. And not only is it
important that it be a "landline", but that it not be an
all-in-one-answering-machine-system that doesn't work if the power goes out
for an extended period. So the old phones that did one thing only -- make
and receive calls without any power beyond what was provided through the
phone line itself -- are what they're talking about.

As I noted, it's unlikely that you really want to refer to the landline as
an emergency life phone, but maybe that concept will stir the group
imagination and a great new term will emerge :-).

-Monique

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Customer-friendly word for "landline": From: John Posada
Re: Customer-friendly word for "landline": From: Monique Semp

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