Who doesn’t know the basic definition of a telephone directory? To put it in simple words, we can say that a telephone directory is a listing of telephonic subscribers in an area or subscribers to services provided by the company or organization that publishes the directory. The sole purpose of a telephonic directory is to provide telephone number of a subscriber identified by name and address to be found and not any page blanche.
Before internet, telephone directory was the only source of a phone number. These directories contained two different pages- white and yellow. The white pages are for residential listing and the yellow pages for businesses.
What did a directory contain?
In a telephonic directory, the names of the subscribers are listed alphabetically. The telephone numbers are accompanied by postal number or street address. Every single subscriber of the geographical area is listed. Apart from this information, a directory also provides certain instruction about how to use the service, how to dial a number, how to avail emergency numbers, and so on.
However, according to current rules and regulations, mobile numbers and voice over IP are not included in the telephone directory. The basic use of this directory is to provide information about the subscribers.
Is a telephonic directory relevant today?
When the digitalization was not our cup of tea and the world was not a global village, every household had a telephone directory. This book was popularly known as Yellow/White pages. However, with the advent of technology and Smartphone, the use of a telephone directory has become zero. However, some of the companies still rely on a directory to find phone numbers.
It is questionable that how long people will rely on telephone directories in the age of Alexa. When human efforts are reduced by artificial intelligence, then many things will be lost in the coming years. Nonetheless, the benefit telephone directories provided people over many years cannot be denied.