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Phone Books Going Extinct, Finally

Remember the days when you fondly flipped through the white pages to look up your friend’s details?  Ok, now think back how long it has been since the last time you did that instead of over the internet.  Yeah I can’t remember either.

Considering the fact that the first phone book dates all the way back to 1878, it really did live a good long life.  Alas, its number is slowly coming up across the US as the latest states New York, Florida and Pennsylvania have all just this month approved Verizon Communication’s request to end the distribution of the White Pages.

Within Verizon’s coverage area alone, this would save roughly 17,000 tons of paper annually.  Verizon still plans to continue printing and distributing the Yellow Pages along with consumer guide information normally found in the White Pages.  If you really still want to receive the White Pages, they will deliver upon request.

Do you still get huge phonebooks delivered to your place?

[ Source: Breitbart , Image courtesy: www.buffaloreuse.org]

  • eddieroolz
    It will probably still continue in Canada, but I'm sure no one really uses it anymore. We have it delivered but that's because it apparently isn't able to opt-out. Last time I've ever used it was 8 years ago.
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  • alidan
    i have a phone book, it covers the 20 closest places to where i live. granted i never use it to look people up but i do use the yellow pages.

    i honestly cant imagine a world without yellow pages, and some physical means of looking crap like this up, because electronics die, and some point, they always do. if my computer died, i would need the yellow pages to look up at the very least a place to fix it. because no mater how compatant i am, i cant diagnose a mother board fail, cpu fail, ram fail or graphics card fail without some means of display.
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  • Silmarunya
    Same thing going on in Europe, but it's on an opt-out basis here. Untick a button at the supplier's site and you no longer receive it.

    I prefer Verizon's system though, as many people are probably to lazy to opt out...
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  • Silmarunya
    alidani have a phone book, it covers the 20 closest places to where i live. granted i never use it to look people up but i do use the yellow pages.i honestly cant imagine a world without yellow pages, and some physical means of looking crap like this up, because electronics die, and some point, they always do. if my computer died, i would need the yellow pages to look up at the very least a place to fix it. because no mater how compatant i am, i cant diagnose a mother board fail, cpu fail, ram fail or graphics card fail without some means of display.
    I assume you remember the location of the place where you bought your computer? Because they tend to help you with that sort of things...

    And even if that's an issue, how big is the chance that:
    - You only have 1 PC AND
    - You don't have a PC at work AND
    - You don't have a friend who will let you use his PC for a minute?

    Pretty much near zero.

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  • BassDX
    Phonebooks still have some use:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOt-D_ee-JE
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  • theshonen8899
    I have to admit, when I first saw the title I was like, "Phone books...what are those? Phone ereaders? Phone netbooks?" It's been a while.
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  • Mottamort
    I need to remember this is in the U.S., where every PC is ASSUMED to have internet access. My home still doesn't, so looking up addresses and numbers for surnames (and finding out the number of the pizza place) is still something the phonebook is perfect for. Luckily I don't see it dying out here yet :)

    R.I.P. American phonebook :)
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  • adamboy64
    Phone books over where I live are still fairly big..

    They're a big source of advertising and revenue for a lot of companies -
    will probably take a while for them to fade away here.
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  • Stickywulf
    How will the 21% of Americans who don't have internet access find their phone numbers?
    http://www.tomsguide.com/us/America-Pew-Research-Study-Broadband-Dial-Up,news-7765.html
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  • Travis Beane
    I never use the white pages, but I do use the yellow pages.
    The last few times have all been for pizza, cabs and a plumber.

    They certainly are useful to have, but damn, that's a lot of wasted paper for something I use once every few months.
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