You dialled a number and you either got an answer or a busy signal. Those were your options. Kind of like a computer 0 or 1 - that's it.
Now there are so many choices. You can have voicemail, call waiting, call display, two lines, four lines, cheap long distance. You can have a digital phone or skype or broadband. You can have... well, I can't tell you all of the things you can have because I can't bear to think about it.
I'm thinking of changing my phone provider because right now I'm using the very expensive old-fashioned provider. But when I look at the possibilities, I'm overwhelmed and I'm exhausted.
What do I do?
I've decided to look at only two options - to bundle my phone service in with my cable and my internet or to go outside with a broadband provider. There are dozens and dozens of options but I don't have the energy - or perhaps it's the patience - to look at all of them. And maybe, I think, I need this space age phone to go with it?
So what do you do?