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  Reply # 837040 14-Jun-2013 20:55 One person supports this post Send private message

Yeah and have you tried finding the equivalent of the blue medical pages at whitepages.co.nz?

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  Reply # 837335 15-Jun-2013 16:52 Send private message

As an aside - anyone know how to FORCE Yellow to not correct spelling when searching?




Muddling along, being the most technical in the house, one of the oldest, and female .... hmmmmm gotta be some stereotypes busted in there somewhere.

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  Reply # 961439 5-Jan-2014 11:33 Send private message

I think that the Auckland phone book set could be a dying breed simply because of its sheer size. Three volumes; I'm not sure how thick the three books are these days. They used to be huge.

Where I live (Manawatu) the single local book is only about 2 cm thick.

My two cents worth anyway.

(Will be interesting to see if the 21,000 number drops even further for 2014.)

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  Reply # 961444 5-Jan-2014 11:45 One person supports this post Send private message

for about the last 5+ years I have put the phone books straight into the recycling and never used them. They are a complete waste of resources.




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 Interesting. You're afraid of insects and women. Ladybugs must render you catatonic.

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  Reply # 961446 5-Jan-2014 11:47 Send private message

jevvv: They delivered us Yellow and Business White, but no Residential White - want us to fill in a post back form or request the book online.

Not good for oldies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Mind you the font in the books these days is about 8pt or smaller so most people will need magnifying glasses




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  Reply # 961708 6-Jan-2014 07:49 One person supports this post Send private message

I just don't use the whitepages website or phonebooks at all, For the last few years I have used Google or Local search engines to track down phone numbers.

The whitepages/yellowpages sites are a piece of crap to use, and I agree with the complaints about it above when searching for unusual names or weird business names etc.

I would also question how older persons are going to use the Whitepages.co.nz/yellowpages.co.nz sites when several I know of personally don't own computers and wouldn't know how to use them if they did.




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  Reply # 961727 6-Jan-2014 08:51 One person supports this post Send private message

Why bother with the survey or delivery at all?

In much of Europe, they just leave a stack by the entrance to most supermarkets. If you want a phone book, you pick it up and take it home.

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  Reply # 961792 6-Jan-2014 10:58 Send private message

jpoc: Why bother with the survey or delivery at all?

In much of Europe, they just leave a stack by the entrance to most supermarkets. If you want a phone book, you pick it up and take it home.


Because the current TSO requires a directory to be delivered

The survey was commissioned to feed into the current TSO review, that will drag this into modernity

http://www.med.govt.nz/sectors-industries/technology-communication/communications/telecommunications-service-obligations/tso-review/review-of-the-tso-for-local-residential-telephone-service/full-discussion-document.pdf

Telecom did damned well to sell its directory operations for $2.4 billion in 2007, on the other hand the Ontario teachers pension fund made a bit of a bad investment...




 

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  Reply # 961825 6-Jan-2014 12:15 Send private message

Phone book is much quicker if you're not already sitting at your desk with your PC on (and don't have a tablet)




 

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