1. TampaZeke says

    My parents got the first touch tone phone in our town (Oxford, Mississippi) in either 1969 or 1970. I can remember being confused when I went to a neighbor’s house who had a rotary dial. It was really weird to go to my grandmother’s house. She had a rotary phone on a party line. For those who don’t know what that was, it was a shared line with your neighbors. Imagine having a private conversation that any one, or more, of your neighbors could pick up and listen into.

  2. james says

    I enjoyed that, but it did not make me feel old. When I was their age, and was first taught how to make a phone call, on a rotary dial phone, I thought it was pretty amazing. They weren’t born knowing how to use their iPhones either — someone taught them how.

  3. topher says

    @litper: you remember him, right? there were so many cute kids with open minds and eyes filled with wonder on that clip, and that hateful little ignorant f*ck that repeats verbatin what his parents told him.

  4. CPT_Doom says

    Yes it makes me feel old, but also reminds me of how lame our local phone company was. My parents – in Massachusetts mind you – did not get touch tone service until 1990. Then they refused to pay the $1 service charge that would allow us to use a touch-tone phone. So we had to buy a dual-mode phone, that would mimic the rotary phone when dialing, but could be switched to touch tone to use things like voice mail.

  5. jeffg166 says

    I have that phone. Still use it. Was told it wouldn’t work with FIOS. It does. The sound on it is what I remember a phone call sounding like. Perfect. No crackles or static or dropped call, at least on my end.

Leave A Reply