Verizon Won't Rebuild Its Landline Network in Some Sandy-Affected Areas

As the damage from Hurricane Sandy is disappearing and some things are returning back to normal for those in the hardest hit areas, six months after that hurricane devastated parts of the East Coast, Verizon is telling some customers that they will not be getting their landline phone service back—ever. At least not… » 5/06/13 6:11pm 5/06/13 6:11pm

The Landline

Landlines really were great in disasters. When the power went out in north Georgia, as it often did, the one thing you could always rely on was that basic, bare-bones, curly-corded phone hanging on the kitchen wall. How else were we supposed to call the power company to tell them the TV wouldn't turn on? » 10/30/12 5:57pm 10/30/12 5:57pm

gHome Replaces Your Landline with Google Voice for Only $5 a Month

Replacing your landline with Google Voice is light years mo' better than paying monthly dues to a telco, we already know that. But there's always been a certain tradeoff in whether you're paying too much money or doing too much work for a Google Voice landline. gHome is a $5/month service (cheap!) that is easy to… » 3/08/11 4:36pm 3/08/11 4:36pm

Should I Port My Number to Google Voice?

The one last barrier for you using Google Voice full time—number porting—just got knocked down. But should you use Google Voice? Almost certainly yes. » 1/28/11 11:00am 1/28/11 11:00am

Kids Act Out The Social Network

Click to viewI hadn't been quite able to put my finger on why I don't want to see The Social Network until now: because it's not acted out by seven year olds. You know what's really cool? A billion juiceboxes. » 1/26/11 7:40pm 1/26/11 7:40pm

Verizon Testing Service to Convert Your Landline Into a Cell Phone

Verizon's begun a trial of their new Home Phone Connect service, which unifies your landline phone with their wireless network. From there, it'll be treated like any other phone on your family's plan—and eat the same minutes. » 12/03/10 6:20pm 12/03/10 6:20pm

How to Replace Your Landline with Google Voice

Even if you hold your laptop up to your face like a flip phone, talking into your computer is lame. You want to use Google Voice like a real phone—with buttons and stuff. We'll tell you how. » 10/06/10 12:00pm 10/06/10 12:00pm

Only Hot Girls Care About Facebook Privacy

Click to viewThis is a comedy video, sure. But you know what? They're right. Nobody is Facebook stalking you, nerdy guys. It's just the way it is. [Babelgum] » 6/22/10 2:40pm 6/22/10 2:40pm

New 3D Burritos Will Revolutionize the Burrito Industry

You know, 3D makes sense for some burritos when eaten in a restaurant, but if the industry thinks I'm going to pay for glasses to eat them at home, they've got another thing coming. [Landline TV] » 4/08/10 11:00am 4/08/10 11:00am

Check Out Google's Other New Phone: The Fuck-You-iPhone

This is basically what Google was really going for with the Nexus One, isn't it? They were just way more subtle about it. [LandlineTV] » 1/06/10 11:04am 1/06/10 11:04am

Why Obama Doesn't Use a Cordless Phone (And Neither Should You)

I hate cordless phones. So when Gizmodo reader ournextcontestant asked why Obama was using a corded phone instead of a cordless phone in this photo, I felt it was our duty to explain. » 1/21/09 9:00pm 1/21/09 9:00pm

The Table Phone: Like a Regular Phone on Stilts

Why would anyone put legs on a landline phone? Furthermore, why would anyone sell a landline phone with legs? These are both good questions to ask the folks at Sundayland. [Sundayland via Design Crisis] » 1/15/09 11:20am 1/15/09 11:20am

Icono Finger Phone Puts the 'Hand' in 'Handset'

Designer Zinc Chan's Icono Finger phone concept is confusing: it's a phone inspired by a hand gesture, which was originally inspired a phone. By capping your thumb and little finger with a D cell-looking mic and speaker, the Icono converts your hand into a piece of hardware, leaving it stuck in a position that… » 10/17/08 6:50am 10/17/08 6:50am

The OpenFrame Home Phone iPhone Clone

The team at OpenPeak is hoping to spice up the outdated landline phone by "borrowing" the entire iPhone concept and repackaging it as a feature-rich communication hub for the home. Initially, the "OpenFrame" will include core touchscreen apps like calendar, news, weather, etc., and it doubles as a digital photo frame… » 8/21/08 4:00pm 8/21/08 4:00pm

FCC Asked to Get Carriers to Hurry Up Local Number Portability Already

With all the advances in technology we've had over the last couple of decades, you'd think that something as simple as changing your land line number into a cellular one would take hours at most. At least Congress does, and its now urging the FCC to put rules in place that will speed up local number portability… » 7/19/08 5:30pm 7/19/08 5:30pm

Camel Cigarette Phone Probably Won't Fool Anyone

If you were of the 598 landline-only Giz readers, you should probably hide your embarrassing lack of technology. This $49 touchtone phone disguises your relic as a pack of death sticks. It looks accurate, but your bluff will probably be called when people notice that it's connected to the wall or remember you don't… » 2/27/08 2:20pm 2/27/08 2:20pm

Wrong Number Generator Makes Dialing Exciting

If you really want to screw with someone, put this Wrong Number Generator on their landline. When your victim (wife) tries to make a call, it'll screw up some digits and randomly dial someone. Better yet, it only does this 75% of the time, meaning that it'll let them dial the right number 25% of the time—which allows… » 1/23/08 1:13pm 1/23/08 1:13pm

Ringboxx Gives Your Home Phone a Slice of the Ringtone Action

Let's face it, the ringtone on your home phone is dull and annoying. Fortunately, the Ringboxx can change all that by getting your home phone in on the custom ringtone party. Users can connect the device to a PC and download a tone from a collection of thousands of popular songs. It can even be programmed to sync… » 12/04/07 8:00pm 12/04/07 8:00pm