While the phone system doesn't suck, most phones do.
My phone is an older phone, probably made during the mid 80s (around the
time of the AT&T breakup—it has “BELL SYSTEM PROPERTY” stamped on the
bottom) and the thing is rock solid. I've dropped the phone from desk hight
plenty of times and it still looks new (if a bit yellowed).
Yet I'm talking on the phone with someone using a piece of crap and it
sounds like it. Must be one of those cordless phones be cause the voice
quality of the person I'm talking to is staticy and muddled and half way
through the conversation the connection is lost.
And people put up with this.
He still hasn't called back, probably not aware that I've been disconnected.
I can imagine him, shouting over the static, “Hello? Hello? Are you still
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