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Who uses a rotary phone in 2011?

 
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Who uses a rotary phone in 2011?
I dug out an old Starlite desk phone that was originally thrown away in a garbage dump, opened it up, replaced the original connecting cord with a modern phone cord with a plug for a phone jack, oiled the rotary mechanism to make it work smoothly, cleaned up the outside, plugged it in and it worked like a charm.

The phone company's system still recognizes the clicks made by the phone to dial the number.

There's something natural about using a rotary phone than all that artificial push button and texting crap that eventually gives you ADD(Attention Deficit Disorder). With a rotary dial, you actually have to think and concentrate when dialing the number so you don't screw up and have to redial.

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08/31/2011 09:26 AM
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Re: Who uses a rotary phone in 2011?
The BELL 500 is the best phone ever made, bar none.
I still use it, the perfect sound is light years beyond
that of the garbage made today.

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Re: Who uses a rotary phone in 2011?
The BELL 500 is the best phone ever made, bar none.
I still use it, the perfect sound is light years beyond
that of the garbage made today.

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I would use a rotary phone if I still had one.
They were made to last.

All this new crap is disposable junk.
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Mee !!! i Got 2 One in the living room and one in the kitchen i love them gives a oldschool touch in my new age house first one is blood red and second classical black
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Re: Who uses a rotary phone in 2011?
We still have a working one, a red one. Although we don't use it as the regular phone now and haven't for a while, it does come in handy sometimes. We just used it during Irene when the power went out and it showed that although the power was out, the phone lines were actually still working. Unlike the vast majority of phones now, all you have to do is plug in the phone line cord to it and nothing more, so it doesn't need a power cord from an outlet.speedbanan
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Re: Who uses a rotary phone in 2011?
Check out the prices on these things

[link to www.oldphoneworks.com]
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08/31/2011 09:40 AM
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Re: Who uses a rotary phone in 2011?
Did you know that you can dial with 'flash/clicks' on a rotary phone?

You use the 'hang up' button to flash or click the number.

So to dial 911 is 9clicks, 1click, 1click.

Works for dialing long numbers too.

To dial operator is 10click.


My house still has the original ringer box from the 1920 'candlestick' phone.

[link to en.wikipedia.org]

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Re: Who uses a rotary phone in 2011?
Voice quality on 'modern' phones, especially cell phones is not the top rated item. Go figure.

My first years (long long ago in a world far far away) rotary phones was all they had. And party lines with the old busy body listening in of course.
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08/31/2011 09:48 AM
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Re: Who uses a rotary phone in 2011?
I exclusively use a corded telephone.

It is an AT&T 100 model. It is one of the first push button phones. Here is a pic of the wall unit model, I have the desk model.

[link to www.epinions.com]

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Re: Who uses a rotary phone in 2011?
Voice quality on 'modern' phones, especially cell phones is not the top rated item. Go figure.

My first years (long long ago in a world far far away) rotary phones was all they had. And party lines with the old busy body listening in of course.
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You are an old fart like me.
Remember when the goal of manufacturing was to make
products BETTER?

When the goal changed from BETTER to CHEAPER,
our doom was sealed.
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Re: Who uses a rotary phone in 2011?
Voice quality on 'modern' phones, especially cell phones is not the top rated item. Go figure.

My first years (long long ago in a world far far away) rotary phones was all they had. And party lines with the old busy body listening in of course.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1386579


You are an old fart like me.
Remember when the goal of manufacturing was to make
products BETTER?

When the goal changed from BETTER to CHEAPER,
our doom was sealed.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1529228


Agreed. Cheaper and more is the norm now.
(and yes, I remember when dirt was rock :} )
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08/31/2011 09:56 AM

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Re: Who uses a rotary phone in 2011?
I dug out an old Starlite desk phone that was originally thrown away in a garbage dump, opened it up, replaced the original connecting cord with a modern phone cord with a plug for a phone jack, oiled the rotary mechanism to make it work smoothly, cleaned up the outside, plugged it in and it worked like a charm.

The phone company's system still recognizes the clicks made by the phone to dial the number.

There's something natural about using a rotary phone than all that artificial push button and texting crap that eventually gives you ADD(Attention Deficit Disorder). With a rotary dial, you actually have to think and concentrate when dialing the number so you don't screw up and have to redial.


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Re: Who uses a rotary phone in 2011?
We still have a working one, a red one. Although we don't use it as the regular phone now and haven't for a while, it does come in handy sometimes. We just used it during Irene when the power went out and it showed that although the power was out, the phone lines were actually still working. Unlike the vast majority of phones now, all you have to do is plug in the phone line cord to it and nothing more, so it doesn't need a power cord from an outlet.speedbanan
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I intend to keep my hard wired phone connection at the house until I die!

EVERY power failure we have had in my neighborhood has led to a loss of phone service for those using the new IP phone since the cable providers (the only ones providing high speed internet service to my neighborhood) battery backup system runs out of juice for their internet connection in about 12 hours. (do use IP phones for business and love our IP phone system for business, NOT FOR HOME! ... IP systems are NOT as durable or dependable as the paired copper wire system of the old phone network)

The old phones made by Western Electric (division of the "OLD" AT&T) were designed and made with very very high quality products ... better than mil spec in fact ... and had a design life of 80+ years as I understand it. If you are still on a dial up line and want something that is going to last for another 30 to 50 years pick up one of those old phones, tough tone OR rotary, at a yard sale of flea market ... the best ones were the Western Electric ones, so turn it over and look on the bottom to see if they were ones made by Western Electric.
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Re: Who uses a rotary phone in 2011?
I dug out an old Starlite desk phone that was originally thrown away in a garbage dump, opened it up, replaced the original connecting cord with a modern phone cord with a plug for a phone jack, oiled the rotary mechanism to make it work smoothly, cleaned up the outside, plugged it in and it worked like a charm.

The phone company's system still recognizes the clicks made by the phone to dial the number.

There's something natural about using a rotary phone than all that artificial push button and texting crap that eventually gives you ADD(Attention Deficit Disorder). With a rotary dial, you actually have to think and concentrate when dialing the number so you don't screw up and have to redial.


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rich people with them golden phones-ey ?
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Re: Who uses a rotary phone in 2011?
Some comedian said:

I called 911 on my rotary phone, but by the time the nine came back around, he was dead.
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Re: Who uses a rotary phone in 2011?
I have a push button phone that dials like a rotary. Takes forever and I dial a lot of wrong numbers but it's all good. I will be getting a cell too though but mainly to use when I am out of the house, so I don't get myself into this sort of scenario:


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Re: Who uses a rotary phone in 2011?
Voice quality on 'modern' phones, especially cell phones is not the top rated item. Go figure.

My first years (long long ago in a world far far away) rotary phones was all they had. And party lines with the old busy body listening in of course.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1386579


You are an old fart like me.
Remember when the goal of manufacturing was to make
products BETTER?

When the goal changed from BETTER to CHEAPER,
our doom was sealed.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1529228


The goal is not even that, it`s to be more profitable, which means to brake easier and sadly the same applies even to the expensive gadgets.
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08/31/2011 11:10 AM
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Re: Who uses a rotary phone in 2011?
Here's some places where you can find rotary phones;

New/Refurbished - Kinda pricey but phones are better quality
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Frill Free Phones - rotary phones never taken out of box or refurbished
[link to www.frillfreephones.com]

Retro Rotary Dial Phones
[link to www.rotarydialphones.com]

Bold Old Phone Company
[link to www.boldoldphones.com]

Vintage Rotary Phones
[link to www.vintagerotaryphones.com]


Used - Good Deals if you look around, some phones are good, some need repairs or refurbishing and some are broken and only good for parts
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Craig's List

Ebay

Surplus Stores

Thrift Stores (Goodwill, St. Vincent de Paul, Salvation Army, ect.)

Antique Stores

Second Hand Stores

Estate Sales

Flea Markets

Auction Houses

Garage and Yard Sales

Government Auctions
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Re: Who uses a rotary phone in 2011?
Did you know that you can dial with 'flash/clicks' on a rotary phone?

You use the 'hang up' button to flash or click the number.

So to dial 911 is 9clicks, 1click, 1click.

Works for dialing long numbers too.

To dial operator is 10click.


My house still has the original ringer box from the 1920 'candlestick' phone.

[link to en.wikipedia.org]
 Quoting: DonHeau


How do you dial a zero in the middle of a number?
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09/02/2011 08:07 PM
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Re: Who uses a rotary phone in 2011?
lol....

My mom still uses one in the house
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this is just like the phone in our kitchen.

I dial off it every couple of months but answer it whenever I'm in the kitchen and it rings....

It works great.
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Push buttons leave fingerprint with your non gloved hand.

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