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Pulse or Tone Dialling
You may have noticed many references to pulse and tone dialling on this web site and those of my competitors.
What is it all about?
For more than 100 years, telephones have been fitted with dials which work by what is called the loop disconnect system. We know it as pulse dialling.
During the last 40 years or so this has gradually been superseded by tone dialling. It is usually associated with the push button keypad as used on modern telephones.
When used with a compatible public telephone exchange (they all are now) this makes for much faster dialling than with the rotary dial and provides more features.
In the last few years other companies appeared in competition with BT. Mostly they were cable TV companies such as Telewest. Initially their lines worked with dial telephones. But as their networks expanded with additional services such as broadband, a decision was made to discontinue this facility.
The result now is that few of the old cable TV lines and none of new installations support pulse dialling. Since Virgin Media took over Telewest and others, the process has accelerated.
More recently TalkTalk has arrived on the scene. TalkTalk use the local BT telephone exchange and line from the exchange to your house. So far so good. But in the last year or so TalkTalk have been installing their own equipment in the BT exchanges. This new equipment is not compatible with pulse dialling.
BT lines to the best of my knowledge are at present unaffected.
So what does this mean to me with a dial telephone?
See the Rotatone page for more information, or call me on the number below.
Credit/Debit Cards are the preferred method of payment. I no longer accept cheques.
If you wish to place an order, or have an enquiry, please read all below.
Please call me (Gavin Payne) by telephone if you wish to place an order for a telephone, spare parts, or have an enquiry. I can usually be reached 9.00am to 5.45pm any day, including weekends. Calls in the evening are not appreciated and could make me very grumpy. The number is 01245 400601.
I am in the shop most Saturday and Sunday mornings between 10.00 and 12.00. These are the only times I am in the shop for the sale of spare parts, conversions and repairs. Conversions and repairs can often be carried out while you wait.
If you have a telephone that you want to know more about, or
repaired or converted, please have it right next to you when you call.
Please also have a selection of small flat bladed screwdrivers to hand.
Emails to firstname.lastname@example.org or copy and paste email@example.com into your email programme or app .
By post to
The Old Telephone Company, The Old Granary, Battlesbridge
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