To me, this managed to come off as a bit of WTF... the idea that people don't pay for long distance any more simply because they use a cellphone to make those calls, for instance. Somebody is not thinking.
Particularly the reference to the NYPD typewriters. The real story makes a lot more sense, but all the news services, as usual copying from one another and not bothering to check it out for themselves, are playing up the bologna edition.
I found this interesting, though...