Telephone Sounds

In the telephone network, there are various intercept recordings to inform the caller of a problem that prevents them from completing their call – and the reason why. Also, there are many “call progress” information sounds (such as Dial Tone, Ringback, Reorder, etc) to inform the caller of various stages of a call or there is an error that prevents the call from being completed. Here are some examples of various sounds from the USA and Canada that either have been encountered in the past, or can be encountered in the present. There is also a page dedicated to International sounds and recordings. And last, are some miscellaneous recordings that include parodies and other tidbits of knowledge.

Vintage Telephone Sounds
Telephone sounds that were once commonly found in US, Canadian and British telephone networks through the 1980’s. Included are sounds of Step by Step (SxS) & Strowger, Number 1 crossbar (1XB), Number 5 crossbar (5XB), and other older telephone equipment.

Modern Telephone Sounds
Telephone sounds that can be commonly found in the North American (US and Canadian) telephone networks.