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If I buy a antique telephone will it work in my home?

If I buy an antique telephone will it work in my home?
A. most antique phones will still work, but the dialling function will only work on exchanges that accept pulse dialling

Can I get you to rewire a old retro phone I already have?

A. Yes I am able to rewire most retro telephones, best to email your inquiry to me and please include a photo of the phone if you can.

My antique phone is missing a microphone, do you sell any parts?

Yes I do have a range of spare parts including microphones and speakers I have other spares such as polshlised black handsets for the bakelite phones and other miscellanies parts.

How does the dial work?

Antique and Retro Telephones

On the rotary dial, the digits are arranged in a circular layout so that a finger wheel may be rotated with one finger from the position of each digit to a fixed stop position, implemented by the finger stop, which is a mechanical barrier to prevent further rotation. When released at the finger stop, the wheel returns to its home position by spring action at a speed regulated by a governor device.

During this return rotation, the dial interrupts the direct electrical current of the telephone line (local loop) a specific number of times for each digit and thereby generates electrical pulses which the telephone exchange decodes into each dialed digit. Each of the ten digits are encoded in sequences of up to ten pulses. For this reason, the method is sometimes called decadic dialling.

Tone dialing - from the 1960s onward, the rotary dial was gradually supplanted by dual-tone multi-frequency push-button dialing, first introduced to the public at the 1962 World's Fair under the trade name "Touch-Tone". Touch-tone technology primarily used a keypad in form of a rectangular array of push-buttons for dialing.

In later years, some phones were built which continued to provide the same rotary dial signalling but were operated with buttons. Most of these can be distinguished from touch tone phones by the lack of # and * keys.

Rotary dial telephones have no redial feature; the complete number has to be dialed for every attempted call. these phones also will not operate smart phone services.

Since the 1950s, telephones were redesigned with the numbers and letters on a ring outside the finger wheel to provide better visibility

 
What is Tone dialing?

Tone dialing - from the 1960s onward, the rotary dial was gradually supplanted by dual-tone multi-frequency push-button dialing, first introduced to the public at the 1962 World's Fair under the trade name "Touch-Tone". Touch-tone technology primarily used a keypad in form of a rectangular array of push-buttons for dialing.

 
How do I know the approximate age of my dial phone?

Since the 1950s, dial telephones were redesigned with the numbers and letters on a ring outside the finger wheel to provide better visibility this continued from the first 1950s styled phones right through the 1960s. At the beginning of the 1970s the number were printed on the inside of the dial

 

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Do we have an online shop so you can purchase now?

We have an online shop you can use or email your inquiry to us.

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Can my old wooden phone be made to work?

We service and restore older telephones from the 1920s to the 1980s, we are able to rewire older phones such as wood wall phones which have no dail, these when wired can ring and be spoken on

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Will retro push button telephones from the 1960s to the 1980s work?

Yes retro push button telephones from the 196s to the 1980s can be either tone or pulse dailing. both will work but the tone dailing ones are better because the pulse dail buttons operate like a dail and send a pulse not a tone

What is the difference between Tone and Pulse?

What is the difference between Tone and Pulse? Tone dialing - from the 1960s onward, the rotary dial was gradually supplanted by dual-tone multi-frequency push-button dialing, first introduced to the public at the 1962 World's Fair under the trade name "Touch-Tone". Touch-tone technology primarily used a keypad in form of a rectangular array of push-buttons for dialing. A tone dail will beep when pressed.

In later years, some phones were built which continued to provide the same rotary dial signalling but were operated with buttons. Most of these can be distinguished from touch tone phones by the lack of # and * keys.[citation needed]

Rotary dial telephones / pulse / have no redial feature; the complete number has to be dialed for every attempted call

 
Do you sell decorator telphones from the 1980s?

Yes the late 1970 and 1980s saw the introduction of the Telecom Decorator series of telephones, almost all of these decorator telephones were make in Italy for Telecom New Zealand. These telephones that we are selling are the best condition phones only.

All these telephones still work on telecom and many other telephone line suppliers

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Our Services

Antique and retro telephone sales and services. We can rewire telephones from the 20s to the 80s and enable the ringing part or even make the whole telephone work wall phones and desk phones

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