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single8-Jan-2017possessionspaulyw Gold Star Survey Creator by votes21157.1%


Do you still own a rotary phone?

15I used to own a rotary phone, but I don't have it anymore.
3No, I never owned a rotary phone.
1Yes, I still own a rotary phone, but I no longer use it.
0Yes, I still own a rotary phone. and I still use it.
0What is a rotary phone?
0I have something else to share.

paulyw Gold Star Survey Creator
posted 9-Jan-2017 12:31am  
I wished I kept mine, it rang very loud and it might have been worth money.
posted 9-Jan-2017 6:09am  
Had one for many many years. At the time had a party line also. Tried to get a private line and was told that they would have to run new lines and I would have to foot the bill for 8 MILES of new line. Guess you could imagine what my response was to that was, take a hike Verizon thieves and switched to VoIP at half the monthly cost.
Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber
posted 9-Jan-2017 1:14pm  
My first phone, in high school, was a rotary phone. I think that's the only one I ever owned, though.
Biggles Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 9-Jan-2017 2:08pm  
No, I've never owned one personally. I remember using them when I was young, and my parents had one for quite a long time.
posted 9-Jan-2017 11:20pm  
posted 10-Jan-2017 1:13am  
My dad retired from the phone company in 1986, when he was 52. Now he's 82 and likes to brag that he's been retired longer than he worked.

We had rotary phones in the house when I was growing up. Everyone did. When I moved out, rotary phones were still the rule rather than the exception. The phone company owned the phones back then and they were hard-wired into your house. You couldn't unplug them. You rented them from the phone company. Those things were big heavy pieces of machinery. You could bash someone over the head with it and kill them. You could fling them against the wall and it would make a hole in the wall before it would break the phone.

I remember the first time I went to the drug store and bought my very own push button phone. It was probably the late eighties or early nineties. It was about $20. Someone tripped over the cord and it fell off the coffee table and smashed into a million pieces. Same thing happened to the next one.
bill Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 10-Jan-2017 9:41am  
We had one when I was a kid. I remember it took a long time to dial, but was kind of enjoyable in a tactile kind of way.
(reply to bill) posted 11-Jan-2017 7:23am  
And entertaining with a bit of exercise, Especially when it had a lot of 8s, 9s, and 0s in the number.
bill Bronze Star Survey Creator
(reply to Lysannus) posted 11-Jan-2017 8:10am  
Yes, the clicking, like counting the number out. I remember we figured out that you could also press the hang-up button rapidly to do a number too. So, we'd try to call people with a series of rapid hang-up clicks.
posted 12-Jan-2017 7:42am  
No, of course we had one in the house when I was a kid, adolescent, young man, I can't remember when the cross-over came
posted 12-Jan-2017 1:09pm  
I used to before in the past but I now have the latest newest technology cordless phones with caller ID and touch tone
LindaH Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 12-Jan-2017 10:10pm  
No. I wouldn't mind having one for novelty, but they ring so dang loudly.
(reply to LindaH) posted 13-Jan-2017 4:52am  
Ours had a dial on the bottom that changed the distance of the striker to the bell making it louder or quieter.
jettles Survey Central Subscriber
posted 31-Jan-2017 2:31pm  
No, but I used to have one
posted 5-Oct-2017 2:21am  
A turquoise princess model phone.

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