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Call me, call me, on the line

In a wireless world, a land phone line is a physical connection to friends, family and country

Published on Jul 22, 2014 1:03 PM

I have a love affair with my land line.

You know, the phone line that comes out of a wall socket. The kind that rings insistently, refusing to cough up the identity of who is calling, until you run - or trudge - over to pick up the receiver and interrogate it. The kind that forces you to stand in one spot to conduct your call, like a weary heifer, lifting first one leg, then the other.

Yep, that.

I know I'm an anomaly in an age when the death knell for land lines has sounded. Earlier this month, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report which found that more than 40 per cent of American homes do not have land lines. In Canada, last year, 21 per cent of all households relied solely on their mobile phones - rising from only 8 per cent in 2008 - government statistics showed.

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