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Thu Jul 25, 2019, 02:21 PM

Does anyone else beside me have a workable and hooked up dial phone?

Mine is in the kitchen, and I can dial anyone and it works like any other phone. Anyone else with one?

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Reply Does anyone else beside me have a workable and hooked up dial phone? (Original post)
Stuart G Jul 2019 OP
MANative Jul 2019 #1
Srkdqltr Jul 2019 #2
LunaSea Jul 2019 #3
Stuart G Jul 2019 #4
OnlinePoker Jul 2019 #5
justgamma Jul 2019 #6
Stuart G Jul 2019 #9
TreasonousBastard Jul 2019 #7
MicaelS Jul 2019 #8
Kaleva Jul 2019 #18
TreasonousBastard Jul 2019 #20
asiliveandbreathe Jul 2019 #10
Brother Buzz Jul 2019 #11
SoCalNative Jul 2019 #12
sinkingfeeling Jul 2019 #13
FirstLight Jul 2019 #14
safeinOhio Jul 2019 #15
DFW Jul 2019 #16
bikebloke Jul 2019 #17
mia Jul 2019 #19

Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2019, 02:24 PM

1. I have one, also in my kitchen

In a power outage, they generally still work while a cordless handset won't. My late grandfather worked for "Ma Bell" for over 45 years and always insisted that we maintain at least one of the old-school variety for "safety" reasons.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2019, 02:25 PM

2. I have one.

In the bedroom. It works if the power is out.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2019, 02:32 PM

3. yep.

The sound quality is so much better.

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Response to LunaSea (Reply #3)

Thu Jul 25, 2019, 02:36 PM

4. Yes, I agree completely. Today I was talking with someone who was using a cell phone,

and the sound was not clear. He switched to a full sized phone, I don't think it was a dial, but a push button, full sized phone, , and the sound improved greatly. I could hear him clearly and directly, while when he was on the cell, there was a squeeking sound in the background and his voice wasn't clear.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2019, 02:36 PM

5. That's all we have. No mobile phones for us. n/t

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2019, 02:37 PM

6. I do.

and this nice computer called Nancy calls me once or twice a day to offer me a back brace. She always says it's the last time, but she obviously misses me because she can't wait to hear my voice.

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Response to justgamma (Reply #6)

Thu Jul 25, 2019, 02:44 PM

9. I have a different computer calling me, day after day. It wants to sell me some sort of phone

deal that will reduce my phone bill. I also have a fellow (another computer) that calls me often who wants to sell me some kind of repair coverage for my car, because "records show that my warrantee is no longer valid." Yes, I get up from the computer, and go answer my phone. No I do not have it next to the computer. Yes, I get up 4 or 5 times a day from the computer, because I am on the computer a whole lot...So...................................................
..........................................................................................................................by having a phone away from the computer, and I got to pick it up each time, I get up from the computer approximately 1000 times a year to pick up the phone, because I am on the computer 4 or 5 hours a day..

...Yes, I said 1000 times a year to walk 20 steps to pick up a phone instead of having it besides me.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2019, 02:39 PM

7. Had one for years, but Verizon hiked the price to get rid of landline phones...

They are, admittedly, more expensive to service.

The advantage is that they have their own power supply in the cable, so when a tree drops and snaps the high voltage cable on top of the pole, the thick phone cable is often undamaged so a wired phone will usually work during a blackout. For a while, anyway-- that power used to be backed up by batteries, so who knows what's up now.

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Reply #7)

Thu Jul 25, 2019, 02:41 PM

8. POTS is doomed for sure. n/t

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Reply #7)

Thu Jul 25, 2019, 06:03 PM

18. All the landlines in my area are underground and have been for sometime.

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Response to Kaleva (Reply #18)

Thu Jul 25, 2019, 10:07 PM

20. A lot of places they are, but around here they would never get the costs back if they tried...

It's been talked about, but even with the electric and cable companies sharing the costs, there just isn't the population density to make it worthwhile.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2019, 02:50 PM

10. I harken back to the days in 1984...the year of divestiture, baby bells cut away from the mothership

AT&T...I was there..30 years, retired '98...most spent in Mass, AT&T PhoneCenters - SE district..the stores, everyday, had mountains of phone from people turning in there hardwired...or mod jack leases...and purchased phones....from fancy phones, like the Celebrity or Mickey Mouse with trimline receiver.(I have one in the original box)..or just a regular touchtone - wall or desk or princess...

By July of that year, 6 months later, I might add..the mountain started to dwindle....I know..because I had had enough and took a month off in July (NO vacations as of 1/1/1984 - 6/30/1984) had 6 weeks saved up...drove xcountry for a month..

This was the beginning of cellular, hardwired in autos, we had independent contractors for installation..

Well, you know the rest of the story...pick a phone, henny phone...technology today was opened as a result of the antitrust law that broke up the telco....a wonderful career..back then, companies were loyal to their employees, stock ownership plan, healthcare..etc etc..

No, I don't have a dial phone or local service..to the grumbling of my husband..I have told him to keep his cell charged..

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2019, 03:11 PM

11. My telephone company stopped supporting analog dial a decade ago

My rotary telephone only receives calls. It's a black desktop Bell System model and it's bullet proof. Even money says it would survive a nuclear event, but I won't be able to make any calls to see if anyone else is still out there.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2019, 03:24 PM

12. Yes, I have one

it's not currently hooked up but available to do so in the event that the powers is out and the cordless and cell phone won't work.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2019, 03:59 PM

13. No, my Princess phones work, but have push buttons.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2019, 04:47 PM

14. I do, kind of...

I have one that I kept from my teen years and I use it for emergencies when the power goes off... What's funny since they switched from analog to digital, the ringer won't work anymore!

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2019, 05:04 PM

15. I have 3 in use now and

a couple of dozen put away for the antique mall. Good sellers for 5 or 10 bucks.
Look for old desk push button ones with only 10 buttons, no * or # buttons. The first ones did not have 12. The color ones can be worth some nice dollars.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2019, 05:15 PM

16. I have one left

It is hooked up to my fax number, but I can still make calls on it until the local museum comes to seize it as an antiquity.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2019, 05:26 PM

17. Still use mine.

I'm a mobile phone refuse-nik. It's a quality of life issue. If I'm out, they can leave a message.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2019, 06:33 PM

19. I do.

It's good to have during hurricane season and other times when cell phone service is limited. My family still uses the number to reach me, because they know it sits on the table right beside my bed. Calls to my cell frequently go directly to my voice mail without even ringing.

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