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Old 06-13-10, 12:37 PM   #1
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Old 06-13-10, 09:01 PM   #2
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I bet half the kids today wouldn't know how to use it to make a call.
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Old 06-13-10, 09:14 PM   #3
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I bet half the kids today wouldn't know how to use it to make a call.
A guy at work was talking about those old phones and somone else was kinda looking at him funny. He looked at me and said "you probably dont know, either" I told him that is what I grew up with in my house... He was a bit...shocked...

I miss them old phones, too. They still worked when the power went out...most of the time that is.
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Old 06-13-10, 09:23 PM   #4
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A guy at work was talking about those old phones and somone else was kinda looking at him funny. He looked at me and said "you probably dont know, either" I told him that is what I grew up with in my house... He was a bit...shocked...
We had one up through the early 90s
I think it was actually leased from AT&T too
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Old 06-14-10, 09:58 AM   #6
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I miss them old phones, too. They still worked when the power went out...most of the time that is.
Actually, many electronic phones can work on line voltage alone. One thing that most people didn't realize even back then is that rotary phones work simply by interrupting the signal. This means that to dial a number, you can just hit the switch hook the corresponding number of times with a slight pause between each number. It's a good trick for dialing out with a phone that has a physical lock on it.

The method even works with some (but not very many) electronic phones. Just hit the switch hook or the flash button. On most phones, the response isn't quick enough -- this is particularly the case when using the flash button.
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Old 06-14-10, 10:02 AM   #7
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We had a rotary phone until I was about 10. I used to think number pad phones were so awesome
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Old 06-14-10, 10:36 AM   #8
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I'm a Luddite. Better stick a cord in that thing.
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My grandmother still has a rotary phone, and my two year old knows how to use it!

That is the worst PhotoShop ever, by the way....
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Old 06-17-10, 12:56 AM   #10
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A guy at work was talking about those old phones and somone else was kinda looking at him funny. He looked at me and said "you probably dont know, either" I told him that is what I grew up with in my house... He was a bit...shocked...

I miss them old phones, too. They still worked when the power went out...most of the time that is.
Not phone related, but I had a similar moment at a vet office. One of the assistants was describing the original Nintendo (NES) to another. She talked about having to use "these gigantic SIM-card thingies" to play games.

We also had a rotary phone well into the 90's, and one of the similar AT&T touch tone phones even longer. Those things were incredibly durable. Ours fell 4 feet from the TV to the hardwood floor every time someone tried to stretch the cord to the next room while talking. It took probably hundreds of hits over the 15+ years of its life.

During my brief period as a telecom tech, I found a company still making them - not for nostalgia's sake, but for abusive environments. $200 a piece!

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