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SmashMouth 06-17-2013 09:07 PM

Telegrams no more. Stop. India to send world's last message July 14
 
144 years after Samuel Morse sent the first telegram in Washington, the world’s final telegram will be sent in India on July 14, 2013.
Telegraph services ended in the United States seven years ago, but in India, the century-and-a-half old communication medium is still widely used to send messages. Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), India’s state-owned telecom company, recently printed a message reads, “GRANDMOTHER SERIOUS. 15 DAYS LEAVE EXTENSION,” according to the Christian Science Monitor.
'We were incurring losses of over $23 million a year because SMS and smartphones have rendered it redundant.'
- Shamim Akhtar, general manager of BSNL's telegraph services
Approximately 5,000 messages are sent every day by telegram in India, a service favored for its “sense of urgency and authenticity,” a BSNL official told the Monitor.
Once the world’s fastest form of communication, telegrams can no longer compete with text messaging and smartphones, however.
"We were incurring losses of over $23 million a year because SMS and smartphones have rendered this service redundant," said Shamim Akhtar, general manager of BSNL's telegraph services. The agency did not say what the contents of the final message would be.
The telegram industry was not always so bleak; at its peak in 1985, 60 million telegrams were exchanged across 45,000 offices. Today, only 75 offices exist, employing 998 people, down from 12,500 telegram employees in better years.
The telegram has also played a large cultural role in India, where they were first introduced by British doctor William O'Shaughnessy in 1850.
Referred to as “taar” or wire, telegrams are used as plot twists in many Bollywood films, often bringing news of a death in the family.
Telegrams were also key in aiding the British to defeat a revolt in 1857 and were used by Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru to inform England of Pakistan’s invasion of Kashmir.
The Indian government is the primary user of telegrams, making up 65 percent of the market. However, the remaining 35 percent of users are the general public who sometimes use the service to send secret messages between eloping couples trying to escape their parents disapproval of their union.
One man was so upset over the telegrams' expiration date that he threatened a Gandhian fast. "I am a regular user of the telegram and it is an important tool for activists," he explained.
Despite this man's protests, the final telegram will be sent somewhere in India this summer.
Full stop.


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WhoDat!656 06-17-2013 10:32 PM

Re: Telegrams no more. Stop. India to send world's last message July 14
 
U.S. Navy ditches its ALL CAPS message format - CNN.com

SloMotion 06-18-2013 04:39 AM

Re: Telegrams no more. Stop. India to send world's last message July 14
 
They should keep it around for backup ... just in case. Same for rotary phones. If everyone's using the same protocols/system for messaging, what happens when it all goes down? No one communicates. I wonder if the Navy considered that before deciding to go 'mainstream' with their communications ... I shoulda' been an Admiral, :mrgreen:.

SmashMouth 06-18-2013 05:27 AM

Re: Telegrams no more. Stop. India to send world's last message July 14
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by SloMotion (Post 508650)
They should keep it around for backup ... just in case. Same for rotary phones. If everyone's using the same protocols/system for messaging, what happens when it all goes down? No one communicates. I wonder if the Navy considered that before deciding to go 'mainstream' with their communications ... I shoulda' been an Admiral, :mrgreen:.

Aren't you one every time you go fishing in and around Detroit?;)

TheOak 06-18-2013 05:38 AM

Re: Telegrams no more. Stop. India to send world's last message July 14
 
In my nightstand sits a $7 wired push button phone, I still have standard phone service with no modem. EG cable or Internet carrier.

When a hurricane comes and power goes down causing cordless phones to stop working, cell towers are knocked out. I can still make a call... All day.

TheOak 06-18-2013 05:40 AM

Re: Telegrams no more. Stop. India to send world's last message July 14
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by SmashMouth (Post 508656)
Aren't you one every time you go fishing in and around Detroit?;)

Just because our Northern Navy is landlocked doesn't mean it's any less effective. :-P

SloMotion 06-18-2013 08:10 PM

Re: Telegrams no more. Stop. India to send world's last message July 14
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by TheOak (Post 508659)
Just because our Northern Navy is landlocked doesn't mean it's any less effective. :-P

... someone has to keep an eye on the Canadians, :lol:.

WhoDat!656 06-19-2013 07:04 PM

Re: Telegrams no more. Stop. India to send world's last message July 14
 
... someone has to keep an eye on the Canadians

SloMotion 06-20-2013 05:58 AM

Re: Telegrams no more. Stop. India to send world's last message July 14
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by SmashMouth (Post 508656)
Aren't you one every time you go fishing in and around Detroit?;)

Captain ... captain commands a ship, admiral commands a fleet, and I do give riders a break on splitting for fuel if they call me "Cappy" at least once during a fishing trip, :lol:.

Choupique 06-21-2013 07:38 AM

Re: Telegrams no more. Stop. India to send world's last message July 14
 
i've met a lot of folks from the great frozen north.

your assumptions and preconceptions of women in canada are incorrect.

actually, they tend to be less superficial and fake than american yuppie mall rat women.


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