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Telekom model waits 3 months for phone line

2 hours, 55 minutes ago

A fashion model who features in a high-profile advertising campaign for Deutsche Telekom has threatened to seek another provider after waiting three months for the company to install a new phone line at her apartment.

The 27-year-old model, known as Dora, can be seen smiling brightly in posters across Germany for Telekom's new high speed connection service. But she told Bild newspaper Tuesday she was fed up with waiting for her Berlin home to be connected.

"I'll give them another week but that's it. After that, I'm going to switch to another provider," the model said.

A Deutsche Telekom spokesman could not be reached for comment. But Bild quoted a Telekom official saying they would be in touch with Dora right away.
https://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070807/od_nm/germany_phone_odd_dc;_ylt=AvhN_GTN0oWlDTm1HK3fLBQuQE4F

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Years ago we used to hear stories about how long it could take to get phone service in some eastern European countries (when they were still behind the Iron Curtain). Waits of 2 years or more were apparently not uncommon, or so we were told!

It made the British state-monopoly G.P.O. (which existed until the early/mid 1980s) seem positively fast by comparison.

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Paul, I knew your telecom was government owned/operated. How did they spin it off. Give them a million pounds and tell 'em sink or swim while opening up the market to competition? That is sorta what the government did with the postal service here, except that they keep giving 'em money and don't allow competition! frown John C. (Not Garand)


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Almost 40 years ago I installed a couple of phones in a new house, no prewire, on a Saturday, for an Israeli officer attending classes at the Post.

He had moved into this new rental property on Wednesday, we installed on Saturday. He was an upper level officer in their armed forces yet he had been waiting years for even a party line to be available in his home.

Today it is still about 5 working day, the installers cover six days a week, repair seven, in this area. Although I have had business lines up withing 48 hours (new install) and repair within 24, add about another 24 for repair most of the time.


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Originally posted by Lightninghorse:
Paul, I knew your telecom was government owned/operated. How did they spin it off. Give them a million pounds and tell 'em sink or swim while opening up the market to competition?
Sort of, but with caveats (e.g. BT is the only provider with a universal service obligation).

The government created British Telecom as a separate entity in 1981 and transferred all the Post Office telephone operations to the new corporation, still government-owned at this point.

Then they started issuing licenses for competing service, the first (and only for several years) being Mercury Communications in 1982. Starting in 1984 the government then floated the majority of BT shares on the stock market and sold it off into private ownership. The government finally sold its remaining minority shares in the early 1990s.

The former government monopoly which lasted some 70 years actually had one exception, that being the telephone system in the city of Hull, which through a quirk of history was owned and run by the city itself.

Many people also don't realize that we had multiple independent companies in the early days of telephony here. The government monopoly (Hull excepted) didn't appear until 1912/1913.

But that's a story in itself. Ed has the full details; I'll post separately here if anyone else is interested.


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