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A widow rented a rotary dial telephone for 42 years, paying what her family calculates as more than $14,000 for a now outdated phone.

http://apnews.myway.com/article/20060914/D8K4RFN01.html

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"I'm outraged," Gordon said. "It made me so mad. It's ridiculous. If my own grandmother was doing it, how many other people are?"


Uh, my mother, for one. Rented that phone until the day she died, and don't try to tell her she didn't need to do this.

I still have the phone. The phone company didn't want it back.

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Geez, they couldn't even give her the phone?

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My aunt would have done it, except her phone quit working some years ago and she had to buy a new one.

There used to be a telephone company owned phone store here where you could exchange rented phones. Had it been in business when her phone went out, she would have gone and exchanged it.

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My great-grandmother rented a phone until 1995, 50 years total. She didn't know you could buy phones and none of us knew she was renting. When she sold her house to move in with us we realised it when we cut off phone service. It still worked, and the phone company took it back. No idea what they did with it, but they took it.
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Technically, all the rented phones in the US were 'given' to their users. Unfortunately, there were many cases where the change didn't happen in billing. And, of course, when the error is in accounting's favor, they don't make too much an effort to find and correct it.

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There's a story in today's paper where Lucent strikes back, saying that she's "only" paid about $2,000 for the phones since 1985 (they don't have records of rentals before 1985).

Yeah, $2000 for two phones is so much better.

I'd link the article, but I'm pretty sure you have to sign up to see it. If you want to check it out, go to cantonrep.com

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quote:
Originally posted by Donovan Ravenhull:
Technically, all the rented phones in the US were 'given' to their users. Unfortunately, there were many cases where the change didn't happen in billing. And, of course, when the error is in accounting's favor, they don't make too much an effort to find and correct it.

Folks, I don't have a cite for this. It's strictly anecdotal.

My telephone was not given to me, so that must have taken place after my experience with telephone ownership. The first time I became aware that you could buy a telephone, I did. It was an option, not a requirement, so you could still continue to rent. The telephone company would not sell me the one I had, though. They shipped me a new one and provided return shipping for the old one. The reason given was that my telephone was too old to have a warranty. I don't remember when I bought that telephone, but my Mother gave me my first cordless telephone for Christmas in 1990, and I think I had owned my other telephone for about ten years prior to that. I kept that one on hand for use when the electricity goes off, but since I got a cell phone, I don't need it any more. Does anyone need an old rotary wall phone? [Roll Eyes]

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I'm not surprised by this. I remember when the only phones you were "allowed" to have were ATT phones. They did have a monopoly on service and equipment.

ATT used to have warnings about not being responsible for damage caused by unauthorised phones, unauthorised phones being useless because they weren't the right frequency or some such thing, basically frightening you into thinking your house would blow up if you didn't buy or rent one of their phones. And of course, the rental option was pushed because if the phone didn't work for some reason, you could exchange it for another ATT rental phone.

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...two black rotary phones - the kind whose round dial is moved manually with your finger...
That they needed to explain how to work a rotary phone amused me.

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quote:
Originally posted by nurple unagi:
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...two black rotary phones - the kind whose round dial is moved manually with your finger...
That they needed to explain how to work a rotary phone amused me.
Equally funny is the time I was in a Wal-Mart several years ago in Georgia with my daughter about the time school supplies were being touted. There was a sign advertising clocks "for your dorm room" that required *NO ELECTRICITY!!!* and *NO BATTERIES!!!* Amazing, indeed. They were wind-up clocks.  -

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I believe there might be a flaw in the math quoted in the cite.
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...still paying AT&T to use the phones - $29.10 a month.
Was $29.10 the charge for the phone rental or the phone+service? Typical news report, not enough info to really tell what is going on

$14,000 over 42 years works out to an average of about $28/month.

IIRC, basic phone service is at least $20 a month now. So wasn't the rental charge closer to $10/month? ~$5,000 over 42 years.

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Don't badmouth the rotary phones. I have lots of them. I don't use them to dial out, just to always have a phone nearby to answer in and to get some more noise when somebady calls. They also have one huge advantage that many top of the line, modern, wireless, conference, handsfree, hundreds of numbers phonebook, caller ID phones don't have. They work even if the power is out. It's not often, but it do happen.

I've always wanted to take an old rotary phone and put a mobile phone inside, just to see the reaction I'd get when walking around with one of those, happily chattering away, the cord dragging behind me. It takes a bit too much electronics to go from pulse dial to tone dial, so I have not done that project yet.

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According to the article, the woman in question was renting from 1964. And buying wasn't an option until 1985. So there's no way to count the first half of her rental as a rip-off, it's the same deal everyone else was getting! Also, this woman states that she'd like her old phone back. She liked the rental phone better and would like to have it back.
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Originally posted by Troberg:
They work even if the power is out. It's not often, but it do happen.

But that's true of any corded phone, not just rotary ones, unless the phone system in Sweden is vastly different from the one in the US.

Your statement is also true of mobile phones (Well, until the battery dies, anyway).

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I was going to say, ANY corded phone works in a blackout situation! Either that, or I've imagined a couple different conversations over the course of my life . . . [lol]

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Did anyone not catch her name?

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Say it as all one word... [Smile]

But yeah, I remember my mom making a big deal about renting the phone from the company because to purchase one was just "too expensive"...

this poor woman. I can see the phone company "conveintenly" not telling her about it...

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It seems the bell companies operated differently around the country. I rented my phones (made by western electric, I believe) from Michigan Bell. It was around the time that Michigan Bell became Ameritech that we were notified our phones could no longer be rented and as of an effective date we had the option of either buying the equipment or returning it. I bought my old touchtone and still have it. I'm in the process of sending it off to my friend in Montana because he's fascinated with old organs, pianos, and machinery of every nature. He restores them, not to sell, but to add to his collection. He won't have to restore my touchtone. I took very good care of it and even the cord, which was the longer optional one, is in great shape and not all stretched and twisted. I've had that phone since January '72, IIRC, and used it up until about 4 or 5 years ago. Even once I had a cordless ('97) I used the touchtone in my bedroom.

I don't think I paid any great amount a month to rent my phone. I recall it being somewhat unsubstantial and one of the reasons I decided to keep my phone, particularly since when I went out to price them, phones of similar quality cost a small fortune.

Edit: I had to unwrap the darn thing and look. It says "Bell Phones" "By Northwestern Bell Phones" then further down, "Made in Korea to Bell specifications." [lol]

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I was going to say, ANY corded phone works in a blackout situation! Either that, or I've imagined a couple different conversations over the course of my life . . .
Some, but many have conference speakers, phone books, caller ID with memory and stuff, which relies on external power to work. Some leech power of the line (for low power consumption thingies like phone books), but the phone company frowns on that and they are not certified for use in Sweden.

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My parents and I are pretty "old school" when it comes to phones. We don't own rotaries (anymore) but none of us have caller ID or anything beyond a basic touchtone phone for the house. (My dad has a cell phone though.)

In their house, my parents have two (maybe three?) cordless phones and two AT&T phones from the 1980's. I've still got my first and only phone, one of those clear see-thru phones from the late 80's/early 90's. The cordless phones always give my parents problems with reception, but our corded phones are still working strong after 15+ years.

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quote:
Originally posted by Troberg:
I've always wanted to take an old rotary phone and put a mobile phone inside, just to see the reaction I'd get when walking around with one of those, happily chattering away, the cord dragging behind me. It takes a bit too much electronics to go from pulse dial to tone dial, so I have not done that project yet.

I was messing around on Google for red rotary phones, and the first link I clicked was this:

Portable Rotary Phone

Thought of you, immediately. [Smile]

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quote:
Originally posted by nurple unagi:
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...two black rotary phones - the kind whose round dial is moved manually with your finger...
That they needed to explain how to work a rotary phone amused me.
You laugh, but SO's ex teenage daughter once failed to call her mom to pick her up. Her excuse: "It was one of those old phones, and I didn't know how to call the number."

Edit: I mean SO's ex's teenage daughter. He has no daughter, teenage, or ex-teenage. That I know of.

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I remember sitting in 7th grade science class (1986) and having the teacher tell us about rotary phones as if there was no way any of us could possibly know what they were. We still had one at home, and it wasn't even that old at the time! We did also have a touch-tone phone, but we didn't actually have a tone dial - you'd press the key and wait for the clicks while it registered the number, which took just as long as it did on the rotary phone.

We finally got touch-tone when we moved to Virginia in 1989, but my parents still have an old rotary phone in their guestroom, hooked up and everything.

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This thread made me miss the old black rotary that sat in my grandparent's living room until I was 15 or so. I might have to check out ebay and see if I can find one.

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quote:
Originally posted by Chloe:
Her excuse: "It was one of those old phones, and I didn't know how to call the number."

Well maybe it was an old phone like this. [Wink] I'd have no idea how to place a call with one of those.

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I think you clicked it to get the operator's attention and then just talked into the receiver and the operator would connect your call. My grandparents had one of those phones in their basement for years until one of my genius cousins sold it for a couple of magic beans [Roll Eyes] .

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Didn't those phones have party lines, where you had to wait your turn to place a call because everyone else in the neighhborhood was using the line (and listening to everyone else's conversation)? I think on those phones you either clicked the receiver and/or were immediately connected to the operator, who would then connect you.

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Party line were still quite normal in the 50's and even into the '60's, the days of rotary phones. We had a two party line until I and the daughter of the people we shared a line with hit our teens. It was decided by both families that if anyone else ever wanted a chance to use the phone, it would be best to get one party lines for both families. Single, two and four party lines were available at that time.

On the other hand, when, as Christie described, you clicked the old style phone, you connected to the operator on The line. No parties involved, everyone shared the same line. Not everyone in the neighborhood was one the line because when those phones were popular, not every family had a phone.

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The phone system in Athens, OH supported only rotary phones as late as June 1984.

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Originally posted by Sara at home:

On the other hand, when, as Christie described, you clicked the old style phone, you connected to the operator on The line. No parties involved, everyone shared the same line. Not everyone in the neighborhood was one the line because when those phones were popular, not every family had a phone.

I can vaguely remember visiting an aunt in PEI who was on a partyline sometime in the late 60s (I really think I remember this - better check with my mom though to be sure) but I can clearly remember the days when not everyone had a phone and those who did only had one and it was basically bolted into the wall. Usually in the hallway for some reason.

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My grandmother had a partyline until the last of the parties on the line wanted a private number. She had it well into the 70's, maybe even the 80's.

My parents had a rotary phone until a few years ago. They may have finally given it up when I gave them an answering machine. The old phone was hardwired in and they needed one with jacks.

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We had a partyline into the 80's, when I was a little kid and my parents were a young couple. We lived in a rural area and it was fairly common still. We shared it with the local gossip, my great-aunt Betty, and the phone in Betty's barn. I don't remember exactly when we got a private line, but we moved into that house in 1980, so my best guess is that it would have probably been 1981 or 1982.

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My parents had a party line until well into the 1970s. We shared it with some elderly people up the street. If you picked it up and heard them talking, you had to wait until they were done.

They only gave up their rotary phone about ten years ago. Earlier this year, I finally bought them a cordless so they wouldn't have to stand in the freezing hallway (where the only jack is) to talk to me. They think it's lovely, but still haven't figured out that they can use both phones and both listen to the conversation at once. If they pick up at the same time, they both say "Put the phone down!" "No, I've got it, you put the phone down!"

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My mom was talking about her grandmothers party line the other day. She remembers her mother, my grandmother, talking about how the party line helped the women support each other. Yes, there were probably some gossiping biddies but it was also used to 'keep up', so to speak. My great-grandmother would hear the ring & think 'That's Mrs. Smiths ring. Her son is in Germany right now (this would be around WWII). I should check on her later.' Since phones were such a rarity & so new, if you got a call, it was either really good news (new baby) or really bad news (death).

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quote:
Originally posted by Brillo Bee:
We had a partyline into the 80's, when I was a little kid and my parents were a young couple. We lived in a rural area and it was fairly common still. We shared it with the local gossip, my great-aunt Betty, and the phone in Betty's barn. I don't remember exactly when we got a private line, but we moved into that house in 1980, so my best guess is that it would have probably been 1981 or 1982.

Bee

When we lived in Royalton (a genuinely small town in Minnesota, unlike medium-sized Brainerd), we had a party line, too. We lived out in the country, and it was something like 1978 or -9.

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