12-19-2011 3:42 PM
I have an old rotary phone and I'd like to make and receive calls from it. It will not be secondary line, but it would share the line with my 4 station Panasonic cordless phone.
Does anyone know how to do this?
Thanks in advance!
12-19-2011 4:01 PM
12-19-2011 4:22 PM
Thanx for your reply. Sorry I wasn't clearer. I have it plugged into a standard jack into the wall. It gets a dial tone, but I can't dial out on the rotary dial nor can I answer the phone. Does it have something to do with tone v. pulse switch?
12-19-2011 6:44 PM - edited 12-19-2011 7:11 PM
If you have dial tone but you cannot call out or answer, the phone is probably messed up inside. The wiring inside the phone allows you to hear dialtone but is not connected correctly for letting you control it.
You can take it to another persons POTS and try it.
A pulse phone should work with POTS. Not sure about U-voice. Cannot find an answer on the web site. But, it should answer on u-voice, just not dial.
You originally said it was a dial phone - I assumed pulse. If it actually has a switch to do either tone or pulse, tone would be better. But, it would only affect outgoing dialing. It should answer on either.
Of course, when trying to figure out what is wrong, you have to try anything. If it works on pulse, but not tone the tone generator is fried. If it works on tone, you don't need pulse. If it works on neither (even answer) the internal wiring is really bad.
I believe you can buy these phones for less than $10/20. I think Target or Walmart is a good source. With caller ID, too.
12-20-2011 12:31 AM
I wondered about that, but she did mention a switch for rotary/pulse (must be a newer rotary dial)?
So if switched to Pulse, do you think that would work with UV Voice?
12-20-2011 4:26 AM
Rotary dial phones are analog, Uverse voice is digital so the rotary dial won't work. If you really want to use the old rotary dial phone to make calls, you can purchase an analog to digital converter. Something like this.
12-20-2011 5:36 AM
There's a converter for everything!
I remember the true rotary phones and they never had a switch on them (no touch tones back then). That's why I was thinking the OPs phone is a more modern one (with modular plug), and it was just a matter of flipping the switch. But I don't have Voice.
12-20-2011 7:43 AM
Thanks for the DialGizmo solution. It says it works with ATT U-Verse!
I found http://www.oldphoneworks.com/pulse-to-tone-converter.html but it states:
"Testing has shown that this Pulse to Tone converter will NOT work with Magic Jack nor AT&T Uverse. Some Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) solutions are powered through USB ports on a computer and this simply does not provide enough line power and ringing energy for vintage telephones (with or without the Pulse to Tone converter). The pulse to Tone convertor will work with many VOIP adapters that are specifically designed to power multiple telephone sets or provide a “whole house solution/service”.
It refers me to another product called the Rotatone converter, but it looks very complicated:
I'll let you know what happens. Some may wonder why in the world I even want to do this. It's an old family phone and I like the tactile feel of it and it is much easier to cradle on your shoulder than my cordless phone.
12-20-2011 8:19 AM
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I am pretty sure rotary/analog won't work with digital/Uverse, unless you can digitally emulate the dial pulses.
I am a former technician, but retired for awhile, now. I would not spend money on that, but it's up to you. I know some phones are retro-chic, by maybe there's a way to swap th innards and dial for something that is for looks. There may be a way to have it rewired by a tech with a manual for answering a call, perhaps?
I used to rewire phone sets from party line to single party in the 70's. Some of them were antique wall phones, quite retro. They didn't want a new phone, Ha!