Posts tagged with ‘telephones

US phone companies looking into replacing phone numbers with IP addresses

Considering that in the age of smartphones, no one really uses real phone numbers anyway, it’s not surprising that phone companies in the US are looking into doing away with phone numbers entirely in favor of IP addresses. Seven digit phone numbers, ten digit phone numbers are an ancient holdover from the beginning of the spread of the telephone, but as more and more phones are computers, and phone calls are just routed through computer servers anyway, old fashioned phone numbers are something that won’t make a lot of sense in the near future anyway.

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This giant smartphone touchscreen thing could be the future of NYC payphones

Pay phones are nearly dead breed, because who doesn’t have a phone in their pocket or quick access to one? But instead of getting rid of all the old pay phones, NYC is redesigning many of them to be 21st century hubs of information. The above picture is an illustration of the winning design of the NYC Payphone Design Challenge. Called “NYFi”, it’s a large touchscreen where people can not only make calls, request information, get directions and even get new MetroCards.

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Things you need right now: The portable old fashioned rotary phone

It’s an old school black rotary phone that’s been modified into a cell phone, so you can carry it everywhere and look like the coolest dude on the block. And it’s only $200!

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How to use a telephone, a helpful guide from 1917
That’s cool and all, but they don’t tell you how to send text messages or update Facebook.
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How to use a telephone, a helpful guide from 1917

That’s cool and all, but they don’t tell you how to send text messages or update Facebook.

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Area codes: The future of telephone numbers
Found in a National Geographic from 1961 by Delsyd

Area codes: The future of telephone numbers

Found in a National Geographic from 1961 by Delsyd

In the 1950s, AT&T may have been trying to scare kids away from telephones

In the 50s, only about 60% of homes in the US had telephones. This film was made to educate kids and families about the awesomeness of having a phone… or maybe it was created to try and show children how terrifying phones could be.

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AT&T future-predicting video of the day: “Seeing the Digital Future” (1961)

In 1961, the digital future sure looked like “A man talking to another man. Man to man. Man to Machine. Machine to machine.” Devices such as the Call Director, “fingertip access to information, ideas and decisions” were considered very advanced pieces of communication hardware. Today, we’d scoff at such a fancy “hold button” taking up so much desk space.

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IHC After Dark: 1980 commercial for the Touch-o-Matic telephone, starring Popeye

This was hot shit back in 1980, but what the hell does Popeye need to police on speed dial for? I always took him for a raw street justice kind of guy.

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Back in the 1980s, if you subscribed to Time Magazine, you’d get this amazing piece of technology

If only I had a phone with an address book built in. No, shut up. That’s crazy future talk.

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How to dial a rotary telephone

With these new fangled rotary phones replacing the switchboard phones, you’ll want to know how to use them properly. 









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