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Transition from One Black Phone to a Fully Wireless City

I believe one of the biggest changes I have seen in my lifetime is that of communication. Houses are much the same as when I was a child, just a bit bigger and with more bathrooms, transportation is little different, cars go faster and planes are more common, but really the difference is small.

But in the field of communication lie distinct and far reaching differences. In my childhood home, we had one telephone–a black one that was wired into the wall and stayed in one spot. We never lost it, nor do I recall ever having a repairman out because it refused to operate correctly. In high school I learned to type on a standard Remington which required the changing of ribbons, the throwing of its carriage, (no it didn’t actually fly through the air, but throwing the carriage took the typist to the next line) carbon papers for multiple copies, and fits of exasperation when a mistake was made, for corrections were only possible through the precise erasing of the mis-stroked letter, and the careful retyping in order to correct the error. This correction process required placing pieces of paper behind the carbon papers during the erasing event so that each page was kept smudge free (at least that was the objective, although it didn’t usually work out that way).

Now we labor over computers which are downright magical. With the swift stroke of one key we correct a whole page, throw the page away, bring it back, have said page appear on the computer of a friend who sits in her home across the bounding sea, have her critique said document, then sail it back to the waiting screen of our own computer. World-class libraries are merely a click away, as are shopping malls, and Wall Street, and hotel reservations centers and colleges and universities. Need an operation when you’re far removed from a specialist? Computer to the rescue! With amazing precision the human hand is directed, a successful surgery is performed and a life is saved. Truly mind-boggling.

Telephones are ubiquitous, making it common that we have buds in our ears, and not at all unusual that we walk down the sidewalk as we carry on a full conversation with an invisible person. Wireless capabilities connect our computers to the World Wide Web as we sit in the city park or have coffee at Starbucks.

Yes, since the far away days of my childhood, the communication scene has changed…drastically…

Following is a timely article concerning the future of communication—particularly in the realm of wireless.


The Future of Wireless
ISPs, Businesses and Even Cities Seek to Offer
Cheap or Free Connections — Which Will Win?
April 30, 2007
Not so long ago, Wi-Fi was a home project for tech geeks with a high tolerance for fiddling with router settings and WEP encryption. Today, wireless Internet access is regarded as practically a digerati birthright. Finding yourself in an airport or hotel without free wireless access is as odd and unwelcome as finding out your rental car doesn’t have a CD player. (Wait a year or two, and you’ll be able to substitute “satellite radio” or “iPod jack” for “CD player.”)

Wireless access is available in more and more places — but there’s no rhyme or reason to how you get it.

Airports and hotels offer Wi-Fi for free. So do cafes, fast-food places, bookstores and other businesses hoping to make some money off people camping on the premises while they access the Net. Starbucks and McDonald’s are wireless front ends for T-Mobile and Wayport, which offer a range of plans for hourly, daily or monthly wireless access anywhere a network hot spot can be found — a strategy also followed by Boingo Wireless. And then some 300 cities and towns are at various stages in offering cheap or free wireless access.

Remainder of the article here.

By Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 84 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She was married to Jerry for 63 years, and grieves yet at his death in August of 2019. They have 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)

11 replies on “Transition from One Black Phone to a Fully Wireless City”


I too remember the black phone in our home. The other day I was in a restaurant with some friends for lunch, and I noticed 2 or 3 people at various tables nearby all talking on their cell phones while they ate. Even though cell phones have been around for some time now, it still struck me funny. My husband Mike has worked in the wireless industry since 1990, and we have seen amazing leaps and strides in this phenomenal technology. Although he can have access to the latest and greatest new cell phones with all the bells and whistles, he prefers a simple cell phone. Sometimes less is more. And the older I become, the more I cherish simplicity! Love, Karen


Shirley- you are absolutely right concerning the dangers that some of the new inventions present. This is why i quit preaching against technology and started preaching principles. Principle is higher than the law. If I can instill Godly principles within people, then they will stay away from the technology that represents a problem, or stay away from the things that are evil that are provided via technology. It’s all about the heart! “As a hart panteth after the water brook, so panteth my soul after thee O God.”


There you are, Virginia. Haven’t heard from you in some time. Welcome back.

Yep, you’re dating yourself…but then they probably don’t make ’em now like they used to. šŸ™‚

we never had a party line, but I recall that many people did…I also think they sometimes listened in on others conversations.



Good morning, Michael.

Did I recently hear someone say they believed more actual work was accomplished before the invention of cell phones? šŸ™‚

Hard to imagine life without all this paraphenalia, huh.


Am I dating myself when I say I remember the little black phone also. When we went to grandma’s house and her little black phone rang she always had to wait to see if it was two shorts and a long ring before she answered it. See she had a Party Line and if she answered it with a different ring she was picking up one of her 3 neighbors calls. Intresting…….


AS I read your post my mind started thinking about this day with all these inventions,I was talking on the phone in my truck at the same time my cell phone started blaring the email’s were piling up the fax machine was pumping the mysterious out of no where letters and on and on and on. So I say ,maybe that little black phone on the wall with its little single line would be a breath of fresh air!!!!!!!


Good afternoon, Brian. I agree that is a necessary understanding that certain technology is here to stay, and that in itself such things are not wrong. Having said that, though, it is crucial for us to acknowledge the tremendous danger to our homes some of these inventions present. We definitely need the wisdom of God.

Thanks for your thoughtful comment.


Yes it has come a very long way! Where will will be in a very short 10 years if it is already moving this quickly? This is a very stark reminder that technology isn’t wrong-what we do with it can be wrong.

Love the post.


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