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Offline Pourme

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Spy Phone?
« on: September 29, 2017, 08:25:46 PM »
For only $49.95 + shipping you can own a retired spy phone!

I donít know if it is indeed a spy phone as the seller suggests but it is red and it has a lot of added switches.

Any idea what the intention was?

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Re: Spy Phone?
« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2017, 08:46:33 PM »
I would think that the CIA or any other spy agency would spring for something a bit more formally made, like a multi-line desk set with real buttons.

This phone could have been something a freaker made up though to fool Ma Bell to make free calls etc. We would need to see whats under the hood to be sure.
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Re: Spy Phone?
« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2017, 08:51:35 PM »
If it was a spy phone, shouldn't it be wearing a Groucho mask to disguise it?  ;D

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Re: Spy Phone?
« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2017, 09:05:44 PM »
...or built into a shoe?  8)
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Re: Spy Phone?
« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2017, 09:30:55 PM »
If it was a spy phone, shouldn't it be wearing a Groucho mask to disguise it? 
that's the most ridiculous thing I've ever Hooid of....Fenneman tell them what they've won  8)
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Re: Spy Phone?
« Reply #5 on: September 30, 2017, 12:22:51 PM »
that's the most ridiculous thing I've ever Hooid of....Fenneman tell them what they've won  8)

Well Groucho, they have won an all expense paid weekend in The Bronx.

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Re: Spy Phone?
« Reply #6 on: September 30, 2017, 01:20:32 PM »
It's a simple combination lock.
The combinations of switches being open or closed allowed you to use the phone or not.
Seems to have two combinations set by the hidden switch under the lift in the back of the phone.
I suspect the switches are center off to make it that much more 'secure'.
Actually not a bad idea.
I have no idea what the jack in the back is for.

I'm waiting for the duck to drop down.
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Re: Spy Phone?
« Reply #7 on: September 30, 2017, 02:09:58 PM »
I have no idea what the jack in the back is for.

Might be for a recording device or external speaker, or both.

Someone needs to buy this just to make its wiring diagram
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Re: Spy Phone?
« Reply #8 on: September 30, 2017, 07:57:01 PM »
Well Groucho, they have won an all expense paid weekend in The Bronx.

D/P
thanks Dan
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Re: Spy Phone?
« Reply #9 on: September 30, 2017, 11:01:42 PM »
you guys must be old too to remember "you bet your life".
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Re: Spy Phone?
« Reply #10 on: September 30, 2017, 11:26:16 PM »
you guys must be old too to remember "you bet your life".

You bet your life I am . . .

Always waited on the edge of my chair back then for the contestants to say the secret word, which Groucho tried to steer them in general toward the word in what he asked them in their conversation before playing the game.

The reruns were on up here a year or so ago and they almost seemed corny with respect to the contestants partaking in the early era of TV, honest people before they bought into the "I'm on TV so let me act like a fool" generation.
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Re: Spy Phone?
« Reply #11 on: October 01, 2017, 04:49:24 AM »
That socket on the back could be for some sort of power supply. I have a phone with a similar socket that is linked to an onboard 9v battery.
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