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10 Button Princess phone

Started by winkydink, February 10, 2009, 09:16:27 PM

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winkydink

Just saw this one on ebay

http://tinyurl.com/tenbuttonprincess ( dead link 07-14-21 )


I have never seen a 10 button princess phone before.  The seller is also selling a couple of other 10 button phones.  (I am not interested in this phone as it's final price will be too rich for my blood).

btw - saw an old Columbo the other night (1971 - "Ransom for a Dead Man") the main phone of the house was a 10 button desk phone.  Lee Grant was special guest star murderer.

BDM

There's even a 10 button Trimline® on the 'Bay right now. I know they're collectible. But I just can't get excited about them. Guess it boils down to usefulness. If I'm going to use a TT that is only half usable, I'm going to have a 12 button. Now, if I find one for a good price. I'll take it. Not until then. It's either a dial or 12 button ;D

--Brian--

St Clair Shores, MI

McHeath

Ah but that's the weird beauty of a 10 button, they are only 3/4s useful.  So while you have a touch tone and should be able to navigate the endless phone menus of our time, you often end up stuck because you can't press #.  Just something strangely satisfying about it.   :D

Well to me, others probably think it's a little odd.

And using a rotary is the ultimate in weirdly useful, you can call out and receive, and the sound quality is great, but if you run into any sort of phone menu you are often stuck.  Something nice about that as well, and it is surprising how many times you get connected through anyways after waiting a while.  And listening to things like "un primo numero dos".

BDM

I'm not spouting right or wrong here gents. There is none. That's the beauty of a hobby such as this. You collect what you like, or makes you happy.

You're right Heath, in retrospect, it is 3/4 useful ;D

--Brian--

St Clair Shores, MI

Perry

Sometimes it's better not to have a # key, because if you don't respond after a while, you may be connected to an actual person. Of course, other times you are just left hanging in the menu indefinitely, so it's handy to have something like these devices:
http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=42.0

Bill Cahill

Yeh, well, I've tried that a couple of times with my dial phone, and, get a computer response something like this.....

"You have not responded to my prompt. Goodbye........."
Bill Cahill  ::) ??? :o :( >:( :)

"My friends used to keep saying I had batts in my belfry. No. I'm just hearing bells....."

Perry

Yes, it varies from business to business, probably related to how much they really "value your business." The latest thing seems to be the voice recognition "robots" that ask you for verbal responses. These can be navigated with a dial phone, which is nice. Of course, the list of choices you get may not include what you really want. Here is a handy list of ways to bypass automated menus for some companies:
http://www.gethuman.com/

Dennis Markham

There is a "free" program on the net that works pretty slick.  It's called "Dial".  You just launch the program (very small on the desk top) and there is a key pad.  You hold your handset up to your speakers.  When you depress a key it makes a DTMF tone that transmits via the transmitter.  So if the computer says "Please Press One" you hold your transmitter up to the speaker, press one on the keyboard and the tone will activate the computer.  You can get it here:

http://www.dtmfdial.com/


McHeath

QuoteI'm not spouting right or wrong here gents. There is none. That's the beauty of a hobby such as this. You collect what you like, or makes you happy

No offense was ever taken by me, my phone pfriend.  I agree that collecting is a very individual affair, what catches one fancy will not another.  Or as the old saying goes, "One mans junk is another mans treasure".  Most people seem to be casting off old phones, and it's all the better for us. 

BDM

Quote from: McHeath on February 11, 2009, 10:40:57 PM
Most people seem to be casting off old phones, and it's all the better for us. 

True, but not so much today. Ebag and other online sites are changing that rapidly. Even for the common 500 set. I didn't realize how many different and valuable 500 type sets there are. Until recently, especially with Dennis giving most of us a "500 education". Do you know how many 500 sets I've walked away from over the years. Cheap sets at garage and estate sales. Flea markets, etc. etc. etc. Two tone 500s, very old ones with the fames straight cords. Good lord, I shudder to think now :-\

But, deals can be had. My pink 1958 500 came to me for $10 big ones recently. A nice soft plastic set. The lady had the ad on craigslist for a week, and no bites. She was happy to get rid of it. Now check out what one of those goes for on Ebag in nice shape. Keep your eye out boys 8)

--Brian--

St Clair Shores, MI

BDM

FYI, here is that 10 button Trimline®. Notice, new in the box. Plus, it has the original early type modular plugs. I rarely see 10 button Trimline's® pop up. So for those that "just gotta have it", here's your chance for a NOS phone ;)
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&item=130286511861

--Brian--

St Clair Shores, MI

winkydink

Well here is another one.  This time in orange, with matching handset and base cord.

http://tinyurl.com/Orange10button


The previous 10 button at the top of the link went for $91.09.  I'm not sure what this one will top out at.