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How to Use a Rotary Phone
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Posted on 07/27/2013 1:00:37 PM PDT by Dallas59



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Remember when phones were hooked to the wall? You could actually drive or walk someplace in peace.
1 posted on 07/27/2013 1:00:38 PM PDT by Dallas59
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To: Dallas59

It was a better world.


2 posted on 07/27/2013 1:10:11 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Dallas59

Check out this beauty for sale in Brno, Czech Republic. You can still find these here.

http://www.sbazar.cz/simir.breibin/detail/1863607-prodam-stary-telefon

It’s selling for about $20. Not bad.


3 posted on 07/27/2013 1:10:16 PM PDT by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: Dallas59
I remember having a job where you could actually leave the office and not have to deal with work until you came back. Secretaries (think "Mad Men") would take messages for you on little pink squares of paper and when you came back, they'd hand them to you and you could decide whether or not to call that person back or just throw the slip of paper in the trash.


4 posted on 07/27/2013 1:11:28 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: Dallas59

I remember my mother dressing like the lady in the film just to go to the grocery store.


5 posted on 07/27/2013 1:15:05 PM PDT by timeflies
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To: Dallas59

I remember the good ole days when I only had one cell phone; now I have three. One for business with a number that is given to many, one for business that is available to only a few select people in the office, and one for personal use with a number that only family and close friends can have.


6 posted on 07/27/2013 1:18:38 PM PDT by South40
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To: Dallas59

Anyone here try dialing the radio station to request a song....on a rotary phone?

I was an expert at it back then.


7 posted on 07/27/2013 1:18:43 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (IRS = Internal Revenge Service)
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To: Dallas59

Remember when phones sat on a table. Were a foot tall and the receiver hooked on the side?

I didn’t think so. Lol! ( but I do)


8 posted on 07/27/2013 1:19:38 PM PDT by Exit148
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To: SamAdams76

Those were the days. The decline of western civilization greatly accelerated with the invention of beepers. And don’t get me started on voice mail!


9 posted on 07/27/2013 1:21:20 PM PDT by .45 Long Colt
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To: Dallas59

I remember when you didn’t actually own that black phone. It was Ma Bell’s property.


10 posted on 07/27/2013 1:21:25 PM PDT by Focault's Pendulum (I live in NJ....' Nuff said!)
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To: South40

I have a dual SIM card phone; it works good for the purpose you described. One SIM for business, one for friends.


11 posted on 07/27/2013 1:21:51 PM PDT by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: South40

It sounds like you could make use of this app: http://www.line2.com/home/


12 posted on 07/27/2013 1:25:04 PM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: Dallas59

13 posted on 07/27/2013 1:26:11 PM PDT by Jyotishi (Seeking the truth, a fact at a time.)
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To: Dallas59

We had an AT&T rotary-dial wall phone in the kitchen that looked like an old-time set. Our kids were born in ‘86, ‘88, and ‘91 and we decided to keep the old phone going just so the kids could experience it. It was great fun to watch their friends come over and not have a clue how to use it. They were genuinely perplexed and stumped. We finally pulled the phone out about four years ago, but have it stashed in the attic. The kids complained about us retiring it — “Oh no, we LOVED that phone.” Of course, none of them used it anymore with their mobile phones at hand all the time. Great fun.


14 posted on 07/27/2013 1:26:38 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: AnAmericanAbroad

So you had to open the phone and replace the SIM card for different uses? That would not be practical for me as I often have simultaneous calls on two phones. Yes, my business life can be that hectic. It’s a good idea, though.


15 posted on 07/27/2013 1:28:22 PM PDT by South40
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To: RandallFlagg

Yeah...you’d know when the contests were coming up, so you’d dial five or six digits and wait. Then when the contest was announced, you’d dial the last digit or two. Stations caught on and began randomly taking the fifth or tenth caller, so that advantage went bye-bye.


16 posted on 07/27/2013 1:28:34 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

put up a payphone

lol


17 posted on 07/27/2013 1:29:02 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: taxcontrol

My office manager has that and, ironically, I pay for it. I’ve just never done it for myself. Perhaps it’s in my future.


18 posted on 07/27/2013 1:29:55 PM PDT by South40
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To: Dallas59
OR ...


19 posted on 07/27/2013 1:30:23 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: .45 Long Colt
I think the introduction of the "Princess" Phone was the beginning of the end. What an innovation that was! Today they'd have to name it the "Diva," "Dyke," or "Lesbo" phone.


20 posted on 07/27/2013 1:30:49 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Dallas59

Years ago an elderly woman asked me if she could borrow my cell phone to make a call. I said “sure, just press the numbers and hit send.” She held the phone to her ear and asked “where’s the dial tone?”


21 posted on 07/27/2013 1:35:10 PM PDT by JoeRed
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To: South40

No, there’s slots for two SIM cards. I have one O2, one Vodafone. Two separate numbers. Just pop in both your SIM cards in the two slots, and you’re good to go.


22 posted on 07/27/2013 1:37:47 PM PDT by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: .45 Long Colt; SamAdams76
And don’t get me started on voice mail!

Or "call waiting."

"Hold on, I need to take the call of someone more important than you."

23 posted on 07/27/2013 1:43:01 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: Dallas59

"If you need me, just call. You know how to dial, don't you? You just put your finger in the hole and make tiny little circles. "

-PJ

24 posted on 07/27/2013 1:43:38 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: Dallas59

I remember being bored by this while waiting for the cartoon that came before the movie. Then a few days later the new phone came and I couldn’t listen in to the neighbors anymore.


25 posted on 07/27/2013 1:44:58 PM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again,")
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To: RandallFlagg
Anyone here try dialing the radio station to request a song....on a rotary phone?

I do. In fact, I can still remember the number for the radio station (WRKO) - 266 6868. That was not exactly a rotary-friendly number when you were trying to be the 7th caller for a pair of Three Dog Night tickets.

There were also radio contests that asked an obscure trivia question, such as what is Alice Cooper's real name. Now any cellar-dwelling loser can Google up that answer and speed dial a radio station in 3.2 seconds.

Speed dialing and Google killed the radio contest.

26 posted on 07/27/2013 1:45:14 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: South40

I do the same thing by using a single phone, with two “virtual” numbers that forward to it. The caller ID is set up to show which number was dialled so I know if the call is business or personal.


27 posted on 07/27/2013 1:46:31 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (I'd give up chocolate but I'm no quitter)
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To: AnAmericanAbroad

There are a few thousand old rotary phones for sale on ebay.


28 posted on 07/27/2013 1:46:58 PM PDT by Jeff Winston
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To: AnAmericanAbroad

I don’t think dual sim phones are allowed by carriers in the US yet. They weren’t earlier this year. The carriers want control of the cards so you don’t use two different carriers on the same phone.


29 posted on 07/27/2013 1:47:50 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Dallas59

30 posted on 07/27/2013 1:48:19 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (I'd give up chocolate but I'm no quitter)
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To: RandallFlagg
Murray Hill 5-9975.

-PJ

31 posted on 07/27/2013 1:50:09 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: Dallas59
I remember rotary phones.


32 posted on 07/27/2013 1:51:49 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: South40
I have 274 cell phones, each for a slightly different purpose.


33 posted on 07/27/2013 1:53:12 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: AnAmericanAbroad

I have a Seafoam Green rotary phone about a foot away from me right now. Wonderful phone!


34 posted on 07/27/2013 1:57:02 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Kirkwood

You can buy them online; they’re unlocked and you can put any SIM into it. I like it - it’s pretty convenient.

And check this out: http://www.everbuying.com/product432249.html

Dual SIM, bluetooth, quadband. And less than $100.


35 posted on 07/27/2013 1:57:04 PM PDT by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

I want one of these. They’re on Ebay, but I’d need to find one wired for the Czech Republic.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ericofon


36 posted on 07/27/2013 1:58:56 PM PDT by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: Dallas59

You mean to tell me that there is no App for a rotary dial on your smart phone! LOL


37 posted on 07/27/2013 2:00:30 PM PDT by US_MilitaryRules (Tastes like Heaven, Burns like Hell! Mmmmmm. What is it?)
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To: Focault's Pendulum

My parents had the same black phones for decades. The only one I could use was a wall phone in the kitchen. It was great being a teenager and trying to talk to a girl with Mom and Dad sitting 10 feet away!


38 posted on 07/27/2013 2:07:41 PM PDT by Freestate316 (Know what you believe and why you believe it.)
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To: Political Junkie Too

We were Elgin 6-9564.


39 posted on 07/27/2013 2:10:21 PM PDT by Freestate316 (Know what you believe and why you believe it.)
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To: RandallFlagg
Ya know, area codes were originally allocated by population for that very reason. Sort of.

Except that it there were only some many long distance lines, and the signalling was done in-band, and so it was more efficient to minimize the time to pulse the digits to more profitable places than others. That is, the LD lines could be turned over faster.

Hence, sending out 26 clicks to Hawaii or Alaska was a better use of LD lines than say the large populations of NYC, Chicago, or LA, which got the minimal 5, 6, and 6 respectively.

40 posted on 07/27/2013 2:14:26 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: Political Junkie Too

TW3-2931 or Kofax7-3779, what was an area code? The first from 1962 the second 1966. I know, we are dating ourselves.


41 posted on 07/27/2013 2:14:40 PM PDT by 23 Everest (When seconds count. The police are just 23 minutes away. 831 Bonnie)
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To: Dallas59

We bought a house built in 1952 from the folks that were the original owners. In the garage they left a black General Telephone rotary dial desk top.

I confirted the connection line to the new style so I could plug it into the wall socket. We could receive calls but couldn’t dial out due to the tone system.

It is a real conversation piece. We had to turn the ringer off because even on it’s lowest setting it would scare the crap out of you when someone called.


42 posted on 07/27/2013 2:19:23 PM PDT by 23 Everest (When seconds count. The police are just 23 minutes away. 831 Bonnie)
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To: Dallas59

43 posted on 07/27/2013 2:26:36 PM PDT by BlueDragon (...and if my thought dreams, could be seen, They'd probably put my head, in a guillotine...)
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To: Dallas59

And when you had to go through a switchboard operator (whose name was always Sarah)?

44 posted on 07/27/2013 2:27:32 PM PDT by mikrofon (Numbah, plee-ahs?)
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To: Dallas59
The color's a bit faded. When can I get the blu-ray?
45 posted on 07/27/2013 2:31:22 PM PDT by Rocko
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To: Dallas59

We had a phone exactly like that one when I went off to college in the ‘80s. Bakelite exterior, metal dial, cloth-covered cord. Darn thing weighed several pounds and would probably be classified as a deadly weapon.

I was born in 1966 so when I was a kid, my tiny Virginia town still had the alpha-numeric dial system. The exchange was 946 (listed sometimes as VI 6) and we only had to dial five digits to call locally; so somebody in town would just call 6-5464 to call us. This actually worked until the mid-70s. And there was no 911, in fact they didn’t have a true E911 system until the early ‘90s.

}:-)4


46 posted on 07/27/2013 2:32:08 PM PDT by Moose4 (SHALL. NOT. BE. INFRINGED.)
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To: Lazamataz
My belt is for other hardware.


47 posted on 07/27/2013 2:55:00 PM PDT by South40
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To: 23 Everest; Freestate316
The number I posted was the Ricardo's, not mine.

Although I did live in New York City in the 1960s, I don't recall the phone number.

-PJ

48 posted on 07/27/2013 3:28:29 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: Lazamataz

Laz...are you Batman?


49 posted on 07/27/2013 3:34:20 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse; Lazamataz

Batman?

No... but they call him The Streak!


50 posted on 07/27/2013 3:35:16 PM PDT by GeronL
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