Verizon May Offer Phone Service That Doesn't Allow Outbound Calling [Multichannel News - Bit Rate]
Here's a head scratcher. Yesterday, Verizon announced they may offer a new home telephone service offer for their customers. They're calling it a great value in home phone. But there's a catch, subscribers to the new phone service can't call anyone, they can only receive calls. Apologies to Alexander Graham Bell, but I thought the point of a telephone was so that people could call their friends and family not simply waiting and hoping for the phone to ring.
For those of you that think this is a joke, I promise that Verizon's phone offer is very real. It was profiled in yesterday's Wall Street Journal. It's a reaction to the large numbers of Verizon customers who are ditching their Verizon as their phone company and opting to switch to less expensive phone offers from cable operators. In the last quarter of 2008, Verizon lost 670,000 landline customers. Many of those customers are now happy cable customers, with a less expensive phone bill bundled with cable television and broadband. While I'm sure the phone company seriously wants to retain those customers, I can't fathom how they plan to keep them by offering them such a limited phone service.
Do you think they'll use the "can you hear me now?" guy to advertise their "I can't call you, so call me" telephone plan?