The speaking clock (somewhat of a British institution) is more popular than ever! It’s hard to believe in the days of the iPhone, Android and Blackberry (even wrist watches are still pretty popular we believe!) but the speaking clock gets 30 million calls per year! 30 MILLION!!!
It was originally created in the 1930s for people who didn’t have a watch or clock to hand.
There are times when it is called more often than others, one of the most popular being (obvious really!) New Year’s Eve. But we find something quite heartwarming and nostalgic about the fact that it’s still there. We once knew someone who got drunk and left it on all night – at 30 pence per minute that was quite a phone bill!
Also, and rather amusingly, the clock is quite popular just before 5 o’clock, when call-centre staff are desperate to avoid picking up a 20-minute call. We can assure you that never happens at 247Moneybox.com though (especially as our offices are open until 7 pm!).