Monday, March 14, 2011
Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?
If you call either of these numbers now, before the chipper recordings of someone helpfully telling you the exact time or what the current temperature and the daily forecast is, you will hear a somber announcement informing you that come June 1, you can say goodbye to these services. Now I know that there are many people, many, many people who had no idea that these services even existed and don't care a whit that they're being discontinued. They may say that with cell phones, satellite programmed clocks, PDAs, weather channels, and computer sites, there is no need for a telephone service for Time and Weather. To these people, I offer an offended "Hmnph!" Some of us have older TVs and clocks and don't care to keep our cell phones, TV, or computers running 24/7. Sometimes a phone call for me is the quickest and most convenient way to find the information I need. I know, I'm a relic. I still have a landline. Deal with it!
I can't believe that it costs Verizon all that much to maintain this service. I, for one, will be writing to the company to voice my outrage at the diminution of customer service. If anyone out there would care to join me, you can e-mail Keith at firstname.lastname@example.org and call Verizon at 1-800-VERIZON. If you don't have Verizon, check out your area and see if you have Time and Weather. Then see if someone is trying to take it away from you without you noticing. Then speak up.