Landline phones are dead. Done. Over with. Old hat. So last year. In
effect, that's exactly how Verizon
Communications chief Ivan Seidenberg
feels, and you know when Verizon's head honcho says landlines are done,
they're done. But really, everyone knew this day was coming
have been shutting off their landlines and going mobile-only for years
now. With mobile minutes easier to come by, Skype becoming pervasive
and Google Voice taking things even further into the digital realm,
there's hardly a need for standard landlines anymore.
Mr. Seidenberg, while speaking at a Goldman Sachs investor conference,
noted that Verizon simply wasn't concerned any longer with phones
connected to wires. Granted, Verizon is pushing the voice aspect of its
FiOS service rather hard, but that relies on fiber and the same
decentralized environment that the Internet enjoys. Seidenberg noted
that "video is going to be the core product in the fixed line
business," asserting that these video/landline bundles will shortly
morph into video/cellphone bundles.
Verizon CEO - Ivan Seidenberg - Times they are a-changin'...
To be honest, there are still tons of landline numbers connected in
America and around the world. They won't vanish overnight, and they
won't all be disconnected at a moment's notice. But there's no denying
that the momentum is gone, and people are definitely switching to
mobile devices and Internet-based calling services. Have you made the
switch? If so, how long ago did you kiss your landline goodbye?