Keeping the lines of communication clear

Photo copyright: Paul Downey

I love talking, I have been told on more than one occasion I can talk for Scotland! I normally spend a good couple of hours talking to family on the phone each week as I like keeping in touch and making sure everyone is okay. There’s nothing better than catching up with family and friends.

Recently it hasn’t been easy talking to my dad on the phone as his house phone was well and truly on it’s way out. The phone not only made it sound like he was located in a cave miles away but everything I said was repeated a few seconds after I said it and it was extremely difficult to have a conversation.

After a couple of weeks struggling to hear what people were saying my dad decided it was time to get a new phone (thankfully). First he had to decide whether to opt for one or two phones, one for upstairs and one for downstairs. There are pros and cons to each but in the end he decided to get one phone and keep it downstairs. As part of his fathers day present we gave him a voucher so he decided to put it to good use and put it towards a new phone.

Technology has come on leaps and bounds since I was young, now phones are available in different designs, colours, button sizes, with answer machines etc. If you have recently bought a new phone or have been looking at phones you will have noticed there is a lot of choice. Take the cordless phones at John Lewis for example, there is a large range available to choose from. After spending a few days looking at phones online my dad managed to find a single cordless phone which was on offer at the time and bought that.

Thankfully since he got his new phone we have been able to talk without the echoing and repeating. The lines of communication are once again clear and I can get back to what I love doing best – talking!

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