I'm sure your niece just wasn't thinking or else she doesn't "get it".
Not too long ago our regular phone was broken and we were using a rotary phone. I was not happy, as we have to dial the area code + the phone number...10 digits and many of the numbers had 0's, 9's and 8's.
I couldn't believe I had to explain to my DH the other day what party lines were...he had never heard of them.
Loving her cat Stormy and missing her angel cat Justin 1-13-09