As some of you probably know, I think the Connections Museum in Seattle, WA is the best place on Earth. Well, not 100% true, but it's definitely in my personal Top 10. The Seattle Times published an article in January 2024 on this wonderful place. Check it out here: https://www.seattletimes.com/pacific-nw-magazine/from-old-phones-to-volunteers-everything-clicks-at-the-connections-museum/
In June 2023, Telephone World was invited to participate in preserving a small #5ESS switch at a rural telephone company for posterity. This was no small feat as you can imagine! Check out the Preserving a #5ESS Switch for all the details and a TON of pictures!Read More
An “amateur phone collective” in Philadelphia is working to bring back pay phones to the city – just without the actual payment. PhilTel, a volunteer organization that launched in June, is planning to open its first free-to-use payphone on December 17 at Iffy Books, a hacker-focused bookshop and workshop in the Center City district.
For more information, check out the CNN article here: https://www.cnn.com/2022/12/04/us/philadelphia-pay-phones-philtel-trnd/index.html
In December 2021, I drove out to a very small rural town in western Virginia to check out a pay phone that is still in service and is central office controlled (not a COCOT). A very rare find in the United States in this day and age!Read More
If you're a fan of Pink Floyd's Young Lust but are scratching you head as to all the beeps and boops you hear during the telephone call portion of the song - this article explains it all.
I've been meaning to write this article for a long time now, but waited until the site makeover was complete. Now I've finally gotten around to it. (grin)
It's hard to imagine almost 30 years ago that the first Interactive Voice Response (IVR) systems were coming online to eventually replace operators. In fact, AT&T no longer has an operators. At all! They got rid of them several years ago. This video came out in October 2021, but it was recorded back in 1992. So take a look to see the beginning of the end.Read More
Evan Doorbell is mentioned in an article about talkable busy signals back in the old days where impromptu conferences were found.Read More
Imagine that. Verizon as well.
Domestic terrorism hits the main downtown AT&T central office in Nashville, TN - knocking out communications for a good portion of town.Read More
More name changes and more confusion on the telecom front.
CenturyLink (formerly CenturyTel, Embarq, Sprint, United Telephone, Qwest, US West, and a number of Baby Bells) is now called Lumen technologies, effective Sept. 18, 2020.
They will continue to market their residential and small business services as CenturyLink, but enterprise business is now called Lumen.
Nice website that talks about Princess phone history:
The Death of Sprint - once a force to be beckoned with, is now history. A good synopsis can be found here: https://blog.telegeography.com/sprint-reaches-the-finish-line-the-rise-and-fall-of-an-american-telco
Eventually I'll get around to writing a page about this history and demise of Sprint. That may take a while. But it is on my To-Do list.Read More
As a researcher at AT&T, she helped lay the groundwork for modern digital assistants like Siri and Alexa.
Dr. Sydral's research at Bell Labs in speech synthesis was incorporated into AT&T's Natural Voices, which in 1998 was cutting edge technology. It was later the foundation for the modern Siri and other computer voice systems.Read More
A *VERY* over simplification of how the old phone system used 2600 Hz as the key frequency for handing answer supervision and SF (single frequency) dialing. Of course discovered by accident using a "Captain Crunch" whistle that just happened to be at 2600 Hz.Read More