Verizons cuts telephone time, weather service: Do you care?
For 70 years you could get the time and weather by making a simple phone call. But those services are going the way of the rotary phone. (John Maier, Jr./Post)
For seven decades, kids eagerly awaiting news of a blizzard or the summer's first 80-degree day would call 936-1212 for the latest forecast, hoping the familiar automated voice at the other end of the line -- "The current downtown temperature is ..." -- would give them the news they so desperately wanted to hear. Snow day! Or, pull out the Slip 'n Slide!
But those days are going the way of the rotary phone, and not just because today's kids probably have no idea what a Slip 'n Slide is.
After 70 years of offering weather and time (844-1212) by telephone, Verizon is pulling the plug on the services June 1.
"Time and weather services are a remnant of another era - when sources for this information were very limited," wrote Verizon spokeswoman Sandra Arnette in an e-mail to Metro columnist John Kelly, who wrote about the decision to nix the services.
"That's no longer the case, as people can get time and weather information from radio, TV weather channels, online sites, wireless phones, PDAs and many landline phones."
Tell us: Are you disappointed by the impending doom of 936-1212 (and 844-1212)? Or did you -- like me and 39 percent of poll responders -- have no idea these services even existed?
Share your thoughts in the comments below or take the poll on the Capital Weather Gang blog.
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