Did you ever notice this about Area Codes?

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  1. Boomhauer

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    My folks had a rotary phone shortly after I was born. I don't distinctly remember ever using it, but once they upgraded to a cordless, they gave it to me and my sister to play with.
     
  2. Mjark

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    I'm old enough to be sure. "touch tone" phones came around in 1963 but it took more than a decade I think for the switch over. I have a friend, a retired Bell employee that still has a rotary dial phone. I don't know if it still works though.
     
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    We have loads of them. I have no idea why.

    This model (or similar) -
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    I definitely remember rotary dial phones. I actually liked them and think that they are interesting pieces of equipment. When I was a kid, I took apart our old rotary phone with a screwdriver to see what was inside. The difference bewtween the one shown and a U.S. rotary dial phone was that the "1" was at the top and the "0" was on the bottom.
     
  5. repeatofender

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    The best "short throw" area codes were for big cities that seemed more important and should be reachable fast...
    They actually thought that out ahead of time.
     
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    For anyone missing the good old rotary, or anyone that came along too late to enjoy one, you need no longer suffer the lack: http://hackaday.com/?s=rotary+cell+phone
     
  7. Andy B

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    Just remember that those rotary phones would still work if you lost power! We kept one around for years because of that. Now we don't even have a home phone. Just cell phones.
     
  8. idjster

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    I go back to 4 numbers in my city. Yes, I'm old. Then they added the prefix, so our phone became "cherry 2" or ch2, before the 4 numbers, which was, of course, 242. Now that cell phones has used up so many numbers we're like a lot of areas, we have to dial the area code as well as the 7 digit number.

    I still have a rotary dial phone connected to my land line at home. I converted it to a regular phone jack plug and yes, it still works! It has the greatest ring, too! Nostalgia, every time I hear it...
     
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    I actually bought a rotary phone recently. We get a lot of power outages in the summer and there's no cell service where I live, so I convinced myself it was a safety issue. The best thing about it, though, is the ring. Nothing like the sound of those clanging bells.

    http://www.audioblocks.com/stock-audio/rotary-phone-dialing.html
     
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    I remember when they CHANGED to that updated system. Mine was JO2679. I also remeber before that we had no dial. You would pick it up and an operator would say "number please"
     
  11. Fearnot

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    I remember when '305' was the entire state of Florida. Now it's Miami/Dade County. And 404 was the northern half of Georgia... now it's only the area inside I-285. And they aren't issuing any new numbers for it.
     
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    I remember my grandparents having a "party" line; you could pick up the phone and hear your neighbor's conversation. I think it was a rural thing at the time.

    I also remember getting the really long cord that you could basically walk around the house with the handset while tethered to the base.

    Good times.
     
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    My mother-in-law still has a rotary phone in her house. I had to show my son (now 12) how to use it.
     
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    :lol: "Son, it's like your iPhone, you just have to modify the swipe a little."
     
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    Wow, just wow!:D this thread has woken my eyes! I mean, that's great, I had no idea rotary phones could/would still work in our day.

    Party lines I remember, dialing only the last five digits sure....

    I think I'll go have a nap now.
     
  16. Paul in Colorado

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    You were in Santa Barbara?
     
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  18. Nick JD

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    I remember tapping payphones in my youth to avoid dropping any coins in them.

    Was easy, all you had to do was tap number-10 ... so to dial an 8, you tapped 2 times.

    Easier way to dial the 0 too on a home phone.

    I grew up with a bakelite phone with 5300 as the number. I'm not that old, but I grew up in a country that was about 30 years behind. The TV in my early years had valves in it and was B&W. We had 2 channels: we didn't ask what was on another channel, we asked, "what's on the other side?"
     
  19. sir humphrey

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    I have my parents' old rotary phone as my home phone - converted to work with digital, but still have to dial the number.

    I almost never ring out from my homeline so I don't get to twirl it too often - but there's something satisfying about that crunch when I do!
     
  20. Leon Grizzard

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    I've even had a party line, in the early 70s; Texas farm country.

    "That woman on our party line's a nosey thing,
    Picks up her receiver when she knows it's our ring"

    Just like Hank.
     
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