Talking on an analog phone line is deeply satisfying. I think it's the lack of latency; we're used to 100-500ms delay in most cell phone conversations. It's almost spooky to talk to someone for half an hour and not once have to say "no, sorry, go ahead" or add additional space to make sure someone's done speaking.

@gargron This is literally two rotary phones in line with a battery and a resistor. I've wired them up to talk to my brother, who is quarantining in our basement. (see )

@Gargron @phooky analogue short-range two-way radios are also free of latency and very handy...

@phooky @Gargron Not always the case, we have a "land line" and using it to call the UK from here, Spain you'd think you were talking to someone on the moon (ok without the latency) However we use a VoIP system for my work to call the UK, no latency either and way better call quality! You may need to rethink the internet calls services you are using or better still get a VoIP account.

@phooky @Gargron sorry missed the "cell phones" bit but yeah, still the same, used the VoIP software over 4g connection and was still surprised how well it worked, even latency wise. YMMV of course depending on where you are, distance to cell node and local demand

The trunks have been digital for many decades, but they weren't always VoIP on buffer-bloated packet switched networks.
Old voice T1s gave each call a 64kbps channel with its own dedicated time slot. This is probably what most people in the US remember analog landlines as.

@abortretryfail possibly! I haven't regularly used a phone over POTS since... 1991, so I can't really remember what that experience was like tbh. (The phone I was just speaking on is just wired in a loop with another one downstairs.)

@phooky haven't most landlines been running through digital exchanges for years? The latency is lower because it's dedicated line but not because of analog / digital.

@phooky I also miss the fact that you would hear your own voice very faintly in the earpiece as you talked. Cell phones lack that completely.

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