Landline Life Support
Well, it's time to confess that I became a little bit more of a believer over the weekend. Sunday afternoon, I was chilling out in a friend's apartment when we decided to go see the movie about the MIT blackjack card counters, 21. While my friend went into the next room to pull her laptop out of a drawer and then power it up to look up the show times, I immediately thought: "Hmmm, if I had that crazy new phone Embarq showed me the other day, I'd have figured out what time the movie was playing by now."
So after seeing the phone in a demo I've come across a few instances like this in my everyday life where it would've had a practical use. Is this usefulness enough to turn wireline phone service into a growth engine again? Of course not. But at the very least, it does seem like Embarq is the first to have added value to the landline phone in a long time. We'll see whether it turns out to be as useful as adding value to the steam engine.
The movie sucked, by the way.
— Raymond McConville, Reporter, Light Reading