Skip to comments.How to Use a Rotary Phone
Posted on 07/27/2013 1:00:37 PM PDT by Dallas59
It was a better world.
Check out this beauty for sale in Brno, Czech Republic. You can still find these here.
It’s selling for about $20. Not bad.
I remember my mother dressing like the lady in the film just to go to the grocery store.
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.
Anyone here try dialing the radio station to request a song....on a rotary phone?
I was an expert at it back then.
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)
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!
I remember when you didn’t actually own that black phone. It was Ma Bell’s property.
I have a dual SIM card phone; it works good for the purpose you described. One SIM for business, one for friends.
It sounds like you could make use of this app: http://www.line2.com/home/
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.
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.
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.
put up a payphone
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.
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?”
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.
Or "call waiting."
"Hold on, I need to take the call of someone more important than you."
"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. "
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.
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.
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.
There are a few thousand old rotary phones for sale on ebay.
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.
I have a Seafoam Green rotary phone about a foot away from me right now. Wonderful phone!
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.
I want one of these. They’re on Ebay, but I’d need to find one wired for the Czech Republic.
You mean to tell me that there is no App for a rotary dial on your smart phone! LOL
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!
We were Elgin 6-9564.
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.
TW3-2931 or Kofax7-3779, what was an area code? The first from 1962 the second 1966. I know, we are dating ourselves.
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.
And when you had to go through a switchboard operator (whose name was always Sarah)?
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.
Although I did live in New York City in the 1960s, I don't recall the phone number.
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No... but they call him The Streak!