FLASHBACK 1991: Caller ID comes to the Jackson area - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

FLASHBACK 1991: Caller ID comes to the Jackson area

Caller ID display (Source: WLBT) Caller ID display (Source: WLBT)
AT&T Phone Center at Northpark (Source: WLBT) AT&T Phone Center at Northpark (Source: WLBT)
AT&T Phone Center at Northpark (Source: WLBT) AT&T Phone Center at Northpark (Source: WLBT)
Caller ID display (Source: WLBT) Caller ID display (Source: WLBT)

FLASHBACK to DECEMBER 4, 1991: The latest must-have tech product, Caller ID, goes on sale in the Jackson area. For the first time, telephone customers could see who was calling them before answering the phone. 

The service was available only on landline phones at first, and you had to pay extra each month to get it. You also had to buy a little display box to make it work. The boxes were selling steadily at the AT&T Phone Center at Northpark Mall on that first day.

Caller ID was introduced on cellular phones several years later.

The concept of knowing who was calling was brand-new back then. Now most people take it for granted.

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