taken from here:
Michigan callers soon won't hear `At the tone the time will be ...' from SBC
12/28/2004, 3:39 p.m. ET
The Associated Press
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michiganians soon won't be able to dial the phone and hear "At the tone the time will be ..."
SBC Michigan is phasing out its time of day service in the state after 75 years, company spokeswoman Liz Whelan said Tuesday.
Whelan said the service isn't being used because people have a number of other ways to get the time, including the radio, TV, cell phones and the Internet.
"We've seen a massive decline in service," she said. "With the technology emerging now, times are changing. ... There are hundreds of ways you can get this information now."
Michigan is the last state in the company's five-state Midwest region to lose the service, Whelan said. Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio recently lost their time of day service from SBC, she said. SBC is based in San Antonio.
Since the phase-out in Michigan started Dec. 13 in the Upper Peninsula, lines gradually have been removed throughout the state. The service will be entirely gone on Friday.
Scott Robertson, a 36-year-old Spring Arbor Township resident, tried calling the line late last week, but got a recording that said the line was no longer working.
"The reality of it is, with cell phones and so many different things we carry on us now, I'm probably not too far from knowing what time it is," Robertson told The Jackson Citizen Patriot for a story Tuesday. "I probably won't miss it."