TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Re: Touch Tone vs. Rotary -- Desk vs. Wall Sets?

Re: Touch Tone vs. Rotary -- Desk vs. Wall Sets?

Paul Coxwell (
Thu, 31 May 2007 07:09:23 PDT

> P.S. While we're on the subject, would anyone know what percentage of
> lines are still served by exclusively dial equipment? I don't think
> they charge a premium for TT anymore. Also, many people have some old
> rotary sets still in service (like me) even if their primary sets are
> TT.

Over here in the U.K. we didn't get TouchTone until the 1980s, but
there was never any premium and it was made available on all lines
automatically as soon as the C.O. equipment could handle it.

All lines will still accept rotary/pulse dialing, at least regular "old
fashioned" lines (some cable services might not). In fact the
automated BT line test function still includes dial-tests for both DTMF
and pulse.

I still have rotary phones in service around the house, both Western
Electric 500s and the old GPO 706 (nearest British equivalent of the
WECo 500).


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