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Real Telephones.

Discussion in 'Geeks and Gadgets' started by Gramaisc, May 1, 2016.

  1. Gramaisc

    Gramaisc Forum O. G.

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    It had the facility for a Private Branch Exchange - sometimes found on commercial phones, but it wasn't necessary to use it for the phone to work as a normal phone.

    Did they have rooms with extensions in, perhaps?
     
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    Laurie61 Well-Known Forumite

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    No, there was just one phone in the main entrance to the building. To start with I didn't realise it was a phone, the club had one arm bandits in the lounge and I had decided, as this box had slots for money, it must be some sort of games machine and asked if I could have a go. I was then informed it was a telephone.
     
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    It would work as a stand-alone phone, without using the PBX facility.

    Older, proper phones would sometimes have a "Call" button, where the small rectangular blanking plate is, in front of the handset. This would alert the in-house exchange to a request. Again, it would work as a normal basic phone without needing to use that and it would be blanked off on most phones, especially in domestic use.

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    We were on a party line, occasionally, the 'other party' would leave the phone off the hook. Bit annoying and dangerous, especially how my dad used be rushed into hospital several times a year. We eventually found out who we shared it with and mum gave them a piece of her mind, shame, she didn't have much start with!
     
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    I think the last button A, button B telephones were on some of the more remote Scottish islands, where some remained until around the mid 1990s. Outside of museums, I think there is just this one left in Dorset now:
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    I currently have some sort of 'issue' with the phone wiring in my house and am using the real phone, in the hall, like a proper person would.
     
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    Are those pulse dial analogue phones or have they been converted to digital?

    If the former I wonder how old the exchange they're connected to is.
     
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    Still pulse dial - it works OK on inland calls, but I do plug a tone-phone in for internationals.
     

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