"The phone is a remarkably complex, simple device, and very rarely ever needs repairs, once you fix them." - Dan/Panther
Started by DavePEI, January 09, 2013, 07:35:39 AM
Quote from: ESalter on January 09, 2013, 04:47:10 PMIt's very funny you should post this today Dave...I just returned from assisting a Telco friend of mine convert a dumb WE 1D2 to a smart phone. He doesn't work for "THE" phone company, but rather a different(yet still large) operating company. They own the payphone sites along with the actual phones and enclosures, but they have to pay the real phone company to have them on coin lines. The reason for putting a Protel board in it was because coin lines are much more expensive than just a normal line and with the Protel board they can run the phone on regular old dial tone and save money. This one was programmed to download all of the rate tables and other info from a host server. It sat there squawking away with modem noise for probably 2 or 3 minutes downloading information. I think all he had to program into it himself was the phone number of the phone it was in and the number of that host server.It was a pretty quick conversion, actually. We pulled the WE chassis board out, stuck in a Protel chassis and it more or less worked. There was an incompatibility between the Protel board and the handset amplifier, but we got that fixed easy enough. ---Eric
Quote from: ESalter on November 16, 2013, 12:51:58 PMI agree with you completely. I'd love to set up a smart phone in my house with a jar of quarters next to it to use. A guy I know has an OLD Coke machine in his house, he has a jar of old mercury dimes to use in it. When he runs out of dimes he opens up the machine, empties the vault into the jar, and keeps going.