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Post# 1151745   6/19/2022 at 18:24 by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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Post# 1151747 , Reply# 1   6/19/2022 at 18:25 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Bell System 1928

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Bell System 1928

 

 


Post# 1151749 , Reply# 2   6/19/2022 at 18:27 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Western Electric 1956

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Western Electric 1956


Post# 1151750 , Reply# 3   6/19/2022 at 18:28 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Bell System 1976

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Bell System 1976


Post# 1151752 , Reply# 4   6/19/2022 at 18:30 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
General Telephone System 1957

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General Telephone System 1957


Post# 1151753 , Reply# 5   6/19/2022 at 18:30 by ea56 (Cotati, Calif.)        
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Coast to Coast long distance calls for only $9.00! Holy mackerel, in 1927 the average worker probably only made about $35.00 a week, $9.00 was more than a days wages!

My how times have changed when today you can talk on the phone coast to coast for almost free. Back then to make a coast to coast call for $9.00 it would have had be to a life or death emergency or you’d had to have been VERY well off.

Eddie


Post# 1151754 , Reply# 6   6/19/2022 at 18:31 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Western Electric 1961

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Western Electric 1961


Post# 1152149 , Reply# 7   6/23/2022 at 11:49 by iej (.... )        

There still are some astronomical charges in the telecommunications industry. When you look at the price of data roaming when you go out side your free-to-roam areas i.e. in the US or in the EU for me, the costs suddenly go from so cheap you don't need to think give it a second thought  to ... "you might need to remortgage the house if you accidentally open Spotify!"

 

It was very new technology back then and capacity on those long routes was extremely limited, and they knew how to charge for them.

 

It's not all that long ago when you'd really think before making international calls, whereas now you wouldn't bat an eyelid in most cases or can just use FaceTime, Skype, WhatsApp, Signal .. and umpteen other over the top free VoIP services that provide way better audio than a phone and video, can send photos, files etc etc.

 

It's amazing though when you look at how fast the technology is moving though. While VoIP may have been around for a long time at this stage, it's come of age and turned telephony into an app on IP networks and nothing more. What were telephone exchanges / central offices are living on as aggregation nodes housing routers and switches for fibre networks carrying internet data.

 

I think though we also sometimes forget just how old switched voice technology is. TDM switches have been with us since the late 1970s and early 80s. Many of them are 40 years old (with upgrades). In some cases probably far older than the crossbars they replaced.

 

I know in the network here in Ireland, a lot of the Ericsson ARF and ITT Pentaconta crossbars dated from the 1960s and 70s and were out of service by the 1990s so maybe 25-30 years old. Some of the digital exchanges that replaced them went into service in 1980/81, at least in their first iteration, so retired having given in some cases more than a decade more service than the old electromechanical technology they replaced! Yet for some reason because they were digital, we seem to not appreciate just how old that TDM technology is. It won't be entirely cleared out of our network until 2023.


Post# 1154459 , Reply# 8   7/16/2022 at 18:32 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
American Telephone and Telegraph 1912

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American Telephone and Telegraph 1912


Post# 1154460 , Reply# 9   7/16/2022 at 18:33 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Bell Telephone System 1955

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Bell Telephone System 1955


Post# 1154461 , Reply# 10   7/16/2022 at 18:34 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Western Electric 1961

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Western Electric 1961


Post# 1154462 , Reply# 11   7/16/2022 at 18:35 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
GTE 1979

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GTE 1979


Post# 1154463 , Reply# 12   7/16/2022 at 18:36 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Bell Telephone System 1961

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Bell Telephone System 1961


Post# 1154913 , Reply# 13   7/21/2022 at 19:51 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
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Post# 1154916 , Reply# 14   7/21/2022 at 20:28 by ea56 (Cotati, Calif.)        

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Its about time!

Eddie


Post# 1160825 , Reply# 15   10/1/2022 at 17:36 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Bell System 1965

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Bell System 1965


Post# 1160826 , Reply# 16   10/1/2022 at 17:37 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Bell System 1979

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Bell System 1979


Post# 1160827 , Reply# 17   10/1/2022 at 17:39 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Southwestern Bell Telephone Company 1948

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Southwestern Bell Telephone Company 1948


Post# 1160828 , Reply# 18   10/1/2022 at 17:40 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Western Electric 1909

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Western Electric 1909


Post# 1160829 , Reply# 19   10/1/2022 at 17:41 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Illinois Bell 1984

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