This post has a certain connection to my previous post about the Filofax … old vs. new. I was reminded of this old phone yesterday, when I went to Bell to buy a phone.
We have cordless phones here, and I was never a huge fan of them — I’m a bit of a dinosaur (!) in that case. So far, I’ve never come across one, cordless phone of good quality. I don’t hear well with them, and there’s nothing wrong with my hearing. Even though you try and take good care of them, with regards to charging batteries and so on, they lose power — you have to buy new batteries and after a couple of times you’re up to the same amount of money as a new phone. We had one that even affected the internet connection. When someone was talking on the phone, the internet went DOWN! Grrr… Those are probably gone now, though.
Hence, I always want at least ONE, corded, traditional phone … one that I can trust. Back home, when I wanted to buy a good quality phone, I went to Telia which is the Swedish telecom … so here I thought BELL would be my best bet.
Found one right away, it was even marked Bell-Aliant so I knew it was good. I asked the girl how much it was and to my amazement she told me it wasn’t for sale!!! I could rent it for $6 per month!!! This is year 2011 and they still have that system?! I wonder who would go for that … if they still have people renting telephones, that must be a goldmine!
However, she was very honest and told me that the exact same phone was available in the drugstore (!), so I went there and bought it for $24. It’s really good 🙂