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Interesting 500 set up
« on: December 25, 2014, 03:55:15 PM »
And the line cord goes where?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vtg-Western-Electric-rotary-dial-phone-Two-tone-Blue-green-Bell-System-/361163823530

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Okay, I found this to it mildly humorous after the double take when seeing this listing, humorous enough to post, but that's about it. Not out to embarrass the seller, obviously not a phone guy selling this. I give them credit for putting up a nice looking, complete listing other than the point of this post. But, I still wonder how the seller got that handset cord jack to fit? Can that be done with damaging either the plug or jack. I never tried it.
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Re: Interesting 500 set up
« Reply #1 on: December 25, 2014, 05:32:16 PM »
The handset plug is smaller than the line cord. No it won't hurt the base jack.
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Re: Interesting 500 set up
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2014, 08:02:21 PM »
The only way he could've done it is by starting out with a non-modular case and cutting the holes to fit the modular jacks.  Even so, he might have needed to add some extra wire.  My theory is that he may be a phone guy who is not familiar with American phones.

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Re: Interesting 500 set up
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2014, 08:15:22 PM »
 Based on the M on the number card (usually referring to modular phone), and the 1979 refurb date, the case looks WE original. I don't think it has been modified.

also...

In my home, all my wall jacks are RJ45 jacks, the size for Ethernet. These all lead to a control panel where I can wire some to the router and some to the POTS. This way, all the jacks are compatible with both RJ45 and RJ11 jacks. Telephone jacks are smaller and fit right in.

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Re: Interesting 500 set up
« Reply #4 on: December 30, 2014, 07:25:11 PM »
I have a couple of modular  phones.  I tried to plug the handset cord where the line cord normally goes.  It won't take hold because the plug is too small.  Another possibility is either glue or chewing gum.  The originally theory about this guy not being a phone guy may be true after all.

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Re: Interesting 500 set up
« Reply #5 on: December 30, 2014, 08:18:04 PM »
You may  have to push it in pretty deep to get it to hold. I have used curly handset cords as line cord before myself so it is "strechy".

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Re: Interesting 500 set up
« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2015, 01:50:39 PM »
Maybe so,  I haven't really done that sort of thing yet.  I did, however, just asked the seller if he was aware of where the handset cord was supposed to be plugged in.  Maybe he'll post new pictures of it plugged in properly.  Worst case, he'll just send me an email telling me I don't know what I'm talking about and call me an #@*8##  in the process.
« Last Edit: January 01, 2015, 02:21:38 PM by Dennis Markham »

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Re: Interesting 500 set up
« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2015, 12:17:57 PM »
Well, someone wanted it. Sold yesterday for $40 including shipping.
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Re: Interesting 500 set up
« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2015, 01:18:55 AM »
Wow, 40 clams for that.   :o

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Re: Interesting 500 set up
« Reply #9 on: January 03, 2015, 02:26:26 PM »
Let's hope the guy who bought it knows where the handset cord is supposed to be plugged in!

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Re: Interesting 500 set up
« Reply #10 on: January 03, 2015, 06:54:56 PM »
The guy who bought it did so because he has been looking for a phone where the line cord plugs into the side rather than the back for a long time now. Finally he found one!

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Re: Interesting 500 set up
« Reply #11 on: January 08, 2015, 07:06:57 PM »
Now he's probably looking for a special line cord because the standard ones won't fit.  In the event he finds that special line cord, do you think he'll get a dial tone when he plugs it in?

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Re: Interesting 500 set up
« Reply #12 on: January 10, 2015, 12:01:32 PM »
Sounds like a negative feedback as well as an ebaY claim in the making!

Terry,

Did you happen to see that the seller of this phone has about 2,500, yes, 2,500 items currently listed on eBay, with a 99.9% feedback rating?
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Re: Interesting 500 set up
« Reply #13 on: January 10, 2015, 12:35:55 PM »
No I didn't notice that. We should take back what we said about him not knowing where to plug the handset cord in....he probably did it in his sleep!

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Re: Interesting 500 set up
« Reply #14 on: January 10, 2015, 12:47:01 PM »
All the feedback has been positive except for four that have been neutral and two that have been negative.  It is possible that this phone may be among the two negatives.