26 Things You Miss About Landlines

Before cell phones there were these things called landlines. We say they were a pain. But really they were the best.

1. Not having to answer to anyone because no one could reach you 24/7

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2. Unless you wanted them to

3. Having one simple way to reach people

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4. If you didn’t leave a message, you could again later and they would never know it was you.

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5. Telling someone to pick up when you knew they were screening

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6. Crafting the ultimate joke answering machine greeting, especially with your roommates or family

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7. That blinking light when you got home. Like a shining beacon of joy

8. That beautiful rewind sound, especially when it goes on and on…so many messages!

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9. The freedom you felt when you got one of those really long cords

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10. That notepad reserved just for writing down messages

11. Checking all the little boxes on one of these

12. Getting in on the gossip by delivering messages

13. Phone numbers were publicly listed. In a book. Brought to your house.

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14. The thrill of seeing your own name in there when you got your first phone

15. Being able to memorize all those phone numbers. So many. I mean, how did we do it?

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16. Discovering what your phone number spells out

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17. Which was basically the equivalent of having one of these

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18. Feeling like you were in a movie each time you made an emotional call from a phone booth

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19. Knowing where all the pay phones were…

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20. Except when your parents wanted you to call home

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21. Having that cool friend who taught you how to hack a pay phone

22. Making prank calls was so much easier

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24. That moment when your sibling finally got off the phone and it was your turn

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25. Spending the whole evening talking on the phone

26. Knowing that your friends were only one phone call away

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