At the Tone, the Time will be No More

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Something I’ve taken for granted and counted on (literally) for my entire life will cease to exist September 19th, and the only official word will be a footnote on your utility bill.

AT&T will be discontinuing the phone-in time service in California to make way for a potential 300,000 new numbers beginning with the 853 or 767 prefixes.

Apparently, phone in time service has bee disappearing across the nation. I had no idea. California and Nevada are the only ones left, and soon, only Nevada. This kind of bums me out. What? I gotta go to Vegas to hear the Time lady’s voice? What’s truly sad is it was not until I read the news of the service ending that I even found out the name attached to the voice I’ve heard my entire life: Joanne Daniels.

Joanne, my Dulcet Toned Time Lady, I hardly knew ye.

The Times has a pretty good article on it. (Ha! The Times! Get it? …What? Too soon?)

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5 Replies to “At the Tone, the Time will be No More”

  1. Another vestige of a simpler time, gone. Down the drain.

    Thank you, Joanne Daniels – I’ll miss you!

  2. I was always proud of discovering that it wasn’t just 853-1212 in SoCal, but 853 + any four digits. I would mash the keys to dial it. These days my digital cable box is the way to find the most accurate time.

  3. Oh NO. That is such a shame. When my computer clock and my phone clock get too out of synch I call the time lady to set things right again. What will my basis for time be from now on?????

  4. You can always call Tell Me (1-800-555-TELL). Say “time” when you connect and you get the current time. You can also get weather, movie times, and driving directions–all voice activated.

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