Californians are saying goodbye to a more genteel era, a time when they used to set clocks by calling in to AT&T for the correct hour. Cell phones and computers have made the service outdated, the company says. “Times change,” says a spokesman. “There are just too many other ways to get this information.” This leaves Nevada as the last state in the Union to offer the old-fashioned service.
An ex-big band singer named Jane Barbe became the voice of AT&T in the '70s and '80s, telling the time to about 40 million people a day by analog tape. She died in 2003, but her rendition of "I'm sorry, the number you have dialed is no longer in service" would be perfect when the phone company cuts its time service next month, the Los Angeles Times reports.