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The Answering Machine

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The Answering Machine


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The 80s saw also the answering machine boom, prior to that they were already but you had to rent an them from the phone company and have it installed; moreover they were expensive.

But after the communications deregulation in the United States and the breakup of AT&T the were made affordable to everyone and they could buy an answering machine and plug it right in.

The machine had two cassette tape decks, one for the answering message and one to record all the incoming calls. A microprocessor controlled everything so that you could listen to your messages, skip from one to the next and erase them. The two-cassette model then got simplified to a single cassette, and eventually the whole thing was simplified even more by using computer memory.

Soon after that manufacturers started producing cheap machines and the answering machines boom had just begun.

By the mid 80s everyone had an answering machine and it also established new social habits and popular phrases like: leave your message after the beep.

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