LiveScience.com - Era Ends: Western Union Stops Sending TelegramsHeck, a lot of people have no idea why we old farts still speak of "dialing" a telephone. Or why we don't just call it a phone.
After 145 years, Western Union has quietly stopped sending telegrams. On the company's web site, if you click on "Telegrams" in the left-side navigation bar, you're taken to a page that ends a technological era with about as little fanfare as possible: "Effective January 27, 2006, Western Union will discontinue all Telegram and Commercial Messaging services. We regret any inconvenience this may cause you, and we thank you for your loyal patronage. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact a customer service representative."