What year did telephone party lines end?

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asked Feb 24 in Other-Electronics by XincaiMao (1,020 points)
What year did telephone party lines end?

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answered Feb 24 by Vivian232 (2,080 points)
The year of 1991 is when telephone party lines ended completely.

Although the telephone party lines became less popular and less in use before 1991 it wasn't until the year of 1991 that the telephone party line was no longer used anymore.

By the year 1991 most people had a private telephone line because the telephone service had been able to string a lot more lines.

Telephone party lines were used before private telephone lines because it was cheaper to install less telephone lines and allowed people to have use of the telephone to make calls without needing a private line.

However telephone party lines offered no privacy as anyone who had a telephone on the party line could pick up their phone and listen into your call.

Telephone party lines were a source of entertainment and gossip and it was hard to make calls on them because the telephone could be tied up.

The telephone party line was popular in the 30's and 40's and 50's but became less popular in the 70's.

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