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SadisticAI t1_j1iqpnt wrote

Reply to comment by Either-Plant4525 in nobody asked by Stabika

The rotary phone started to be phased out in the 50’s was discontinued in ‘86. If you were born in the 90s very good chance your parents did not own a rotary.


stylesuxx t1_j1j2rlu wrote

Probably depends where you are from. We still had rotary phones in the early to mid 90ies...


Kallehoe t1_j1kdaqj wrote

Yeah, just because they didn't sell any more of them doesn't mean everyone upgraded right away.

We got a button phone early 90s.

The old one was hanging about until 2000s before it got thrown out.


dinopuppy6 t1_j1iumt1 wrote

Was born in early 80s and we had a rotary phone. Prob ditched it in the early 90s. Thing was solid and wouldn’t die


on-the-line t1_j1j8beg wrote

Late 70s baby, here. Same. Had a yellow one to match the paint in the kitchen with a long ass stretched out coiled cable. My mom would get it wrapped around her while multitasking.


NotThatEasily t1_j1jl47c wrote

Born in ‘87 and we had a rotary phone hooked up in the basement, but our main phone was a touch tone.


cmhamm t1_j1j38tq wrote

Might have been discontinued in ‘86, but I’m pretty sure they still work if you have a POTS line.


WolvenSpectre t1_j1lden0 wrote

Only if the carrier supports Pulse signalling, which was largely removed when they moved to Optical Fibre Networking.


big_fuzzeh t1_j1lyjjf wrote

Voice switches are all digital now, so handsets using pulse dialing (analog) no longer work. DTMF replaced pulse dialing, so any handset using DTMF should still work on a POTS line today.

Of course there may be a pocket in the world sill using pulse, but I doubt it. The parts for analog voice switches have been manufacturer-discontinued for decades.


Zombie_SiriS t1_j1jyb7n wrote

I grew up in the odd period of time where I had to unplug the rotary phone, to plug the single phoneline into the modem so I could access BBSs.


B1GTOBACC0 t1_j1k205b wrote

I was born in '86, and remember my grandparents upgrading from dial to cordless around 1997.

Those rotary phones lasted forever, and grandad wasn't about to replace that "perfectly good" phone with a 40 foot cord on it.


shibbo92 t1_j1j90ul wrote

My mom kept an old rotary phone around when I was a kid just in case power went out.


Little_Monkey_Mojo t1_j1kle8x wrote

The rotary and the touch tone were both supplied power through the telephone line. If one would have worked, the other would have worked.


jacesonn t1_j1k19mw wrote

In 80 ish years we went from not having phones to having phones then back to not having (landline) phones


Weaseal t1_j1jah84 wrote

I was born in the early 80s and the only one I can remember using was at the community swimming pool. The lifeguard office had one you could use to call your parents to pick you up. I had to get help using it the first few times.


LiftsEatsSleeps t1_j1jy23a wrote

Was born in the mid 80s, had a Western Electric model 554 on the wall until about 1997. My grandparents had one until they died in 2012.


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kkaos84 t1_j1kzdz7 wrote

Born in the early 80s. Pretty sure I remember a yellow rotary phone on the wall in the kitchen in my earliest memories. There was definitely a similar rotary phone that sat on the bedside table at my grandparents' house for many years.


Captain_Pumpkinhead t1_j1l5a2k wrote

I was born in 98. My parents had a pink rotary phone. I remember my dad saying I could have it in my room, until I was old enough to want to use it. Being young and dumb, I (years) later asked him how to hook it up so I could use it. It got taken away.


ExternalPast7495 t1_j1pncsb wrote

Born in the 90s, used many a rotary... missing variable, Australian.