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November 23, 2008

The last telephone book in the U.S. will be published around 2015


I use my telephone book maybe once every three months — to check what time zone a state is in on the map in the front section of the white pages.

The yellow pages are out of date from the moment you receive them, having been set for printing months earlier, before any number of new businesses appeared and old ones vanished.

Yes, I'm a troglodyte with a land line but if I never got another telephone book it really wouldn't much matter to me.

Game over.

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I keep a copy of the yellow pages in my car, for just in case.
But most of the time an SMS to 46645 (GOOGLe) with something like "chinese 40218" or "ramsi's louisville ky" will do the job.

Posted by: | Nov 25, 2008 11:58:32 AM

but you're not the only one out there.

Even as far out as 2030, there will still be some 57.8 million Baby Boomers alive between ages 66 and 84 (source: http://www.census.gov/population/www/projections/usinterimproj/). I don’t think we’ll be clicking away as much as you may think.

The fact is the print Yellow Pages is fully portable, doesn’t require any special connections, electricity, or communications source. I can find things in it much quick than clicking away on some site or through some search engine. When I get to the page I’m looking for it provides a subjective source as to a business’s viability – big ads show me this company should be more viable than someone with a bold listing.

Posted by: kenc | Nov 24, 2008 3:59:39 PM

I still have a landline, too. My buddy has been trying out the magicjack, and says it works great as long as you have a good, high-speed internet connection. Only $40 for the first year of phone service (unlimited calling to US & Canada), or $100 for the first 5 years!

I'm going to wait until he's been using it a bit longer to try it out myself, but thought you might want to look into it as well.

Posted by: EEJ | Nov 24, 2008 11:17:57 AM

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