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Initial rotary dial phones were used along with pulse-dialling technology to initiate calls. First introduced in 1904 it faded into obscurity as push-button dialling and touch-tone telephony was introduced in the 1960s.
As telephone numbers grew in digit length, rotary dials made it difficult to accurately dial long and international numbers. Retro enthusiasts still cherish them. This is my home phone — with an updated ear and mouthpiece microphone.
Image: Eileen Brown
Rabbit telepoint service
Rabbit was a telephone service that was launched in the UK in 1992. If you had a specially designed home phone handset, you could make outgoing calls whenever you were within 100 metres of a Rabbit transmitter. Initially limited to the city of Manchester, 12,000 base stations were rolled out nationwide.
The service lasted less than two years and failed due to the introduction of low-cost analog mobile phones that made and received calls.
Image: Salford University