“At the tone,” AT&T Calls Time Out

The L.A. Times is reporting that AT&T will retire the “Time of Day” phone service which has provided accurate time information, read aloud to the caller in ten second intervals. The reason? There are now ubiquitous, alternate ways to get the same data:

“Times change,” said John Britton, an AT&T spokesman. “In today’s world, there are just too many other ways to get this information. You can look at your cellphone or your computer. You no longer have to pick up the telephone.”