BT’s former chief scientist JP Rangaswami has three teenage children, he told delegates at the annual Intellect Regent conference last week. So one night he gets home, opens the front door and hears the home phone ringing. It continues to ring.
“Why doesn’t someone answer that phone,” he grouses.
“We know it’s not for us, Dad,” comes the reply.
Even though the population is ageing, the landline phone is only an occasionally useful tool rather than something kids would prefer to have genetically engineered onto an ear. If it weren’t for iPlayer, Downtime would be shorting BT shares.