Going Green by Giving Up on Phone Books

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Going Green by Giving Up on Phone Books

 

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Many Realtors as well as other professionals are foregoing their land lines and going with mobile phones only or using VOIP (Voice over Internet protocol) systems where their phone numbers are no longer available in the phone book. These folks will not be losing much visibility as phone books may soon be a thing of the past.

As times change, you might not hear the familiar thud of a telephone book being dropped by your door this year, or next year. An increasing number of states are approving requests by telephone companies to stop delivering residential white pages, which list home phone numbers.

AT&T will not deliver an unsolicited phone book in 14 states where it does land-line business. You can get one if you ask for it. Verizon will not make unsolicited delivery in 11 or 12 states where it has land-line customers.

San Francisco has a law banning phone-book delivery unless residents ask for them. In our little corner of the world, Martin County, Florida has also stopped automatic white pages deliveries. Now available by request only.

A lot of trees are being saved by not having your fingers walk through the pages, but rather go on line and search the modern way.

Going Green by Giving Up on Phone Books

 

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Rainmaker
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Cal Yoder
Keller Williams Elite - Lititz, PA
Homes For Sale in Lancaster PA - 717.413.0744

I know it is becoming a relic. I find it so much easier to find the info online.

Cal

Jul 12, 2011 10:03 AM #2
Rainmaker
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Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind
KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate - Tucson, AZ
Broker/Owner

HI GABE! Finally! I've noticed over the years that the books were getting smaller and though I know some people still use them - but it is time to keep up with the times!

Jul 12, 2011 10:17 AM #3
Rainmaker
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I never use the paper books any more.  Much easier to look numbers up on-line!

Jul 12, 2011 11:20 AM #4
Rainmaker
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Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

It is definitely time to give them up! Save those trees, land line or not in this computer age they are just a waste. I suggested this for you Gabe.

Jul 13, 2011 12:30 AM #5
Rainmaker
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Thanks Marco.

Jul 13, 2011 01:28 AM #6
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Mimi Foster
FALCON PROPERTY SOLUTIONS - Colorado Springs, CO
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I remember when I was a kid, it was the way I was able to reach the table like the rest of siblings ~ they put a phone book on my chair.  Now I throw them away when I get them.  Who would have thought?  However, I must admit that it doesn't make me happy to have to pay for phone numbers if I'm not using 'the book'

Jul 13, 2011 03:56 AM #7
Rainmaker
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Mimi, you shouldn't have to pay for phone numbers.  Try whitepages.com, switchboard.com and many other free services that will give you published numbers.

Jul 13, 2011 04:34 AM #8
Rainmaker
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Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Gabe, I can't remember the last time I looked something up in the phone book. It has been years. My kids have never used a phone book - by the time they were old enough to look up numbers, they could find it online.

Sharon

Jul 13, 2011 02:44 PM #9
Rainmaker
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

You make my point Sharon.

Jul 14, 2011 12:10 AM #10
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Respect Realty LLC
Respect Realty LLC - Milwaukie, OR
Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate

Last year at one point we had six phone books piled up on our door step before we finally caught someone and told them to stop!




Jul 16, 2011 06:06 PM #11
Rainer
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Jerry Lucas
ABC Legal Docs LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Mobile Notary Colorado Springs, CO Notary Training

I cancelled phone book delivery several years ago and haven't missed it.  Online search works fine.

Oct 08, 2013 03:42 AM #12
Rainmaker
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Thanks for your comments, always appreciated.

Aug 09, 2015 04:41 AM #13
Rainmaker
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Hi Gwen, thanks for taking the time to comment it is always appreciated.

May 13, 2018 05:48 AM #14
Rainmaker
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Hi Cal, thanks for taking the time to comment it is always appreciated.

May 13, 2018 05:48 AM #15
Rainmaker
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Hi Gabrielle, thanks for taking the time to comment it is always appreciated.

May 13, 2018 05:48 AM #16
Rainmaker
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Hi Marco, thanks for taking the time to comment it is always appreciated.

May 13, 2018 05:49 AM #17
Rainmaker
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Hi Mimi, thanks for taking the time to comment it is always appreciated.

May 13, 2018 05:49 AM #18
Rainmaker
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Hi Sharon, thanks for taking the time to comment it is always appreciated.

May 13, 2018 05:49 AM #19
Rainmaker
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Hi Todd, thanks for taking the time to comment it is always appreciated.

May 13, 2018 05:49 AM #20
Rainmaker
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Gabe Sanders
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Stuart Florida Real Estate

Hi Jerry, thanks for taking the time to comment it is always appreciated.

May 13, 2018 05:49 AM #21
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