Telephone Tuesday — 8 September

Picture coming into the office after a long weekend, and you look at your phone only to find that your voicemail is positively bursting. Overwhelmed yet? Don’t be. September 8 is officially a day notorious for surprisingly, more phone calls than usual. Making itself heard just after Labor Day, Telephone Tuesday is a trendy holiday created based on a clear spike in telephone calls to businesses and organization. The high number of calls usually flood in partly due to unmanned telephones during the long weekend. Makes sense, right? Then comes the many schools which open after Labor Day weekend, blended with the holiday season fast approaching. In addition, it’s been uncovered that organized folks attempt to tackle their to do lists on this day too and so inbound calls rise up to 50% on the day. These consumers are concerned about setting up arrangements pivotal to their lives and making purchases, and so a phone call to them, means assurance. Telephone Tuesday is now known as a powerful business tool and the telephone is known as a great instrument for trade. Very close to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, this day is caught amongst the madness of the busy season.

The invention of the telephone goes way back to the 1880’s and is widely understood to have first been invented by Alexander Graham Bell. However, it is said that the telephone had been in development since the 1660’s but there’s no clear indication as to by whom. They weren’t actually called telephones at first. Phones were called Mechanical Acoustic Devices because they simply transmitted voice data instead of audio. The first known conversation on the telephone was between Alexander Graham Bell and his assistant on March 10, 1876. He spoke into a telephone and said ‘‘Mr Watson, come here, I want to see you.’’

The first ever phone users, used to use the same opening to talk and listen, as there was only one wire for receiving and transmitting your voice. Soon, telephone operators were required to assist and to connect more calls. Women became the majority of staff in telephone exchange jobs, as many young men were proving to enjoy pranks too often while connecting calls, and lines were not being connected successfully.

In 1982, a man named Almon Brown Stowger who was previously an undertaker, invented an automatic telephone exchange company due to his frustration. He was having difficulty with local telephone operators sending his calls to his competitor all the time. His company then worked with the ‘‘British Post Offices’’ in 1912, landing a contract with the British telephone system. Regardless, some people were still using manual exchange phone calls up until 1976 in places like Scotland. By 1973, the mobile phone had arrived by Motorola and it weighed 2 kilograms! Ten years later in 1983, Motorola released the DynaTAC 8000X which cost $4,000 and had a battery life of 30 minutes.

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