Dialing A Number

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  1. Ken Anderson

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    Am I alone in liking the feel and sound of dialing a telephone number, as opposed to tapping numbers on a virtual keypad?
     
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    Looks like you might be @Ken Anderson! :p

    Personally sometimes those rotary phones seemed to take forever to dial those numbers. I liked the push button phones better. :)
     
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    No, you are not at all alone, Ken.
    I am ever so slightly envious of your keyboard throwback so it might follow that I also loved the rotary phone.
    It wasn’t long ago that rotary phone users didn’t have to wait for a human when some phone sites do the multiple choice-push this number or that number type of answer. They used to say, “ if you are using a rotary telephone, please wait and someone will be with you”, as opposed to “if you speak English, press 1”.
    I am sure there are still some sites that still do but alas, I haven’t bumped into one lately.

    Yes, I liked the clicks and clacks of dialing the phone the same as the bell on a real typewriter but alas, some memories are things of beautiful moments never to be seen or heard again.
     
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    In a lot of areas, we are missing out on a lot of the tactile sensations that we once had.
     
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    I think that I do not miss it at all. It was fine when that was how things were; but now I like just looking on my phone, finding the right name, and with one little tap, it is calling that person. With another little tap, I have them on speakerphone and don’t have to hold the phone up to my ear, and I like that even better.
    It might take me a little while to adapt to new devices, but I do like learning how to use them, and it is a good way to keep my brain active and not just getting set in its old ways of doing things.
    I remember reading about the women who didn’t want a refrigerator because they had never had anything besides an icebox, or didn’t want to change from a wood cook stove to an electric or gas range.
    If that is what someone wants, I have no problem with that, but I like learning new things, as long as it is something that I have a use for.

    Oh yes....... I really like the emergency dialing function on my Apple Watch, too ! If I am in a car wreck or need help fast, all I have to do is push the little emergency button, and it calls 911 for me, and gives them my location.
    Dial up just couldn’t offer that same safety function.
     
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    Although I think there is still a rotary phone around here somewhere, it is not hooked up. I much prefer keyboards to typewriters, especially with as many mistakes and "typos" as I make. I don't miss having blackened fingers from carbon paper either, although that is another tactile sensation. I have several old typewriters, but I don't think I can get ribbons for them anymore. I once dreamt of being a writer, and I didn't know whether where I wrote would have power, so they are mechanical, not electric. Like Yvonne, I enjoy new things but am not fond of gimmicks. I like refrigerators, but I hate the French door side-by-sides with the freezer on one side and the fridge on the other. I am fond of the French door fridges with the freezer drawers beneath, however.
     
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    I want a cellphone with a rotary dial.
     
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    My Wife got me a rotary phone from Germany. You have to dial the numbers to make the call. There are two extra holes in the dial ring: a star for flash and #/R for redial. It was the color that made me want it. It has been so much fun to use.;)

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    I keep thinking about buying an old rotary phone, but then I'd have to get a land line...
     
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    And yes, I would like to hear someone human say “operator” when I dial O. Simple things delight simple people like myself.
     
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    @Ken Anderson I'm not certain it is so simple anymore to simply "plug-in" a rotary, as today's land line system is completely digitized. The method used with dials was to count up the total number of "clicks", then relate it to that number stored somewhere, ready to make a connection. It may be that late in the rotary game, circuitry was included within the phone set which digitized the number dialed, though.
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    One of my neighbors still has a rotary phone, and it works.
     
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    Although I have all the latest phone technology here... and as a very impatient person I like the speed it affords me, in the same way as @Yvonne Smith described ...but.... I love Rotary phones.. I've been a collector of them for years as well as a seller.
    I've stopped selling now because I don't buy any more, but I've kept my favourite ones.

    I'd buy old ones at boot fairs, and then hubs would rewire them to work on modern systems then I'd clean them up and sell them, they were/ are very popular too .

    However I've kept a few models for myself, just because I love them.
     
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    In days gone by, we knew someone was eating too many happy meals when they walked around talking to themselves or someone who was only visible to them.
    Now, some that only seem as though their cheerios are soggy but in reality they have a slug looking gadget hanging out of their ear in which to communicate wirelessly to someone who is still invisible to any onlookers.
     
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    I was just saying this to my husband the other day Bobby... we were in the Apple store and there was a lone youth standing next to us , and he was whooping and getting exited and exclaiming out loud , but not having a conversation at all with anyone ..so we thought he had tourettes, ..but then we realised he was talking into some miniature gadget through an earpiece which we couldn't see..

    It's hard these days to tell the difference when walking along the road, between those with mental health problems talking to themselves and those who are talking into an invisible gadget..
     
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    Well, I guess we might have to count me into that bunch of looney-lookers now, because I talk to no one while gazing at my wristwatch, and do it on a regular basis.
     
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    Haha...Ive gotten very used to people talking to nobody or so it seems...at first I would reply but Ive smartened up and just ignore them.
     
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    Actually, you don’t look bonkers at all but I have to admit that a Dick Tracy hat might add to the scene. Perhaps Santa might bring you one this year.
     
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    We used to have a guy who acted like he had a cell phone but was actually talking to a rock that he was holding in his hand. Up and down the road he would walk whilst talking and to his rock.
     
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    I really don't care what kind of phone I use, what I miss is a real person answering on the other end of so many calls I make. :)
     
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    Uh, someone slipped up and obviously did not inform you that with the exception of India, you and your family plus a smattering of individuals in the western world are the only humans left on earth. All the rest are actually robots.
     
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    :eek: Well I'm pretty sure everyone on this Forum is humans, and so far I'm sure I know more humans than robots so the robots are still in the minority in my life. :)
     
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