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    Widow rented rotary phone for 42 years, paying more than $14,000

    Widow rented rotary phone for 42 years, paying more than $14,000


    (9/15/06 - CANTON, OH) - A widow rented a rotary dial telephone for 42 years, paying what her family calculates as more than $14,000 for a now outdated phone.

    Ester Strogen, 82, of Canton, first leased two black rotary phones -- the kind whose round dial is moved manually with your finger -- in the 1960s. Back then, the technology was new and owning telephones was unaffordable for most people.

    Until two months ago, Strogen was still paying AT&T to use the phones -- $29.10 a month. Strogen's granddaughters, Melissa Howell and Barb Gordon, ended the arrangement when they discovered the bills.

    "I'm outraged," Gordon said. "It made me so mad. It's ridiculous. If my own grandmother was doing it, how many other people are?"


    New Jersey-based Lucent Technologies, a spinoff of AT&T that manages the residential leasing service, said customers were given the choice option to opt out of renting in 1985. The number of customers leasing phones dropped from 40 million nationwide to about 750,000 today, he said.

    "We will continue to lease sets as long as there is a demand for them," Skalko said.

    Benefits of leasing include free replacements and the option of switching to newer models, he said.

    Gordon said she believes the majority of people leasing are elderly and may not realize they are paying thousands of dollars for a telephone.

    Skalko said bills are clearly marked, and customers can quit their lease any time by returning their phones.

    Strogen says she's not a big fan of her new push-button phone.

    "I'd like to have my rotary back," she said. "I like that better."

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    Okay, Iím not a big fan of attorneys though one of my friends is one. But in this case I think they need legal counseling. This is crazy!

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    That is actually sad...

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    Once upon a time those phones were a great deal, I mean who could afford to replace the phone every time the dog pulled it off the table by the cord. This however is a bunch of criminals milking a loophole for all it's worth. And don't tell me they don't know most of their customers are elderly and may not know the difference. I haven't bought a phone lately, but I bet you could get an OK phone with answering machine for $29.10, and if it breaks you only have to wait a month to save the money for a new one!

    Assuming one phone per customer, 750,000x $29.10=21,825,000x 12 months=2.169^8, oh darn, my calculator won't go that high! $261,900,000 per year to rent a phone that was designed long before I was born, that probably only costs $4 to make.

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    Where was this woman's family? Nobody thought to wonder about that rotary phone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kansas_plainsman View Post
    Where was this woman's family? Nobody thought to wonder about that rotary phone?
    When it comes to the elderly, no. My grandmother had a rotary phone until the day she died (about four years ago). We tried to get her an updated phone and she wouldn't use it. So whenever the phone broke we had to go to great lengths to hunt down a rotary phone for her.

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    I can understand that. My dad is 79 and a couple years ago his little stereo quit on him and he was lost without it. I told him I was going to buy him a new one. After a while he agreed as long as it didn't have too many buttons on it.

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    I love that Chris Rock segment in Lethal Weapon 4 where he makes fun of the rotary phone when he and Leo Ghetts were complaining about cell phones

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