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ITT "Own A Phone" Telephones
« on: July 27, 2010, 02:45:25 PM »
Does anyone have any brochures or ads on the ITT Own A Phone program (see ad), phones with the sticker (see photos), or any other background info?

This was apparently ITT's answer to the Bell System Design Line series.  The ad below slings some barbs in that direction.

This topic is an offshoot from posts in the "Jewel Box" by Face Standard Italy (ITT) and Leather Covered Phones topics.
  http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=3091.0
  http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=3105.0
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Re: ITT "Own A Phone" Telephones
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2010, 04:52:10 PM »
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Re: ITT "Own A Phone" Telephones
« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2010, 05:04:56 PM »
If you call the 1-800 number in the ITT own a phone ad you get directed to call another number, which is an erotic services number. ::)

So I'm guessing the program is defunct.  ;)

I've seen a Stromberg Carlson catalog for the late 70's that has phones for outright sale, they are not cheap.  With inflation factored in many of the common models come in at high prices in todays money.


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Re: ITT "Own A Phone" Telephones
« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2010, 05:47:37 PM »
I mentioned in a post a while back that I have a beige ringerless SC 500 which I bought in 1978 at Montgomery Ward on sale for about $20.  As I recall, that was a really good price at the time.

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Re: ITT "Own A Phone" Telephones
« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2010, 05:25:38 PM »
Hello Paul,

Did you already find thess pictures?
http://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/itt-own-a-phone-desktop-telephone-pc2500-not-used-w
http://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/1970s-itt-own-a-phone-classic-telephone-rotary

I wonder how the "security phone" in the poster works?

Thanks, Remco. 

From the following source and a Google books hit, I suspect the Security Phone was basically a model with a pre-programmed dialer to call police or fire numbers with one button push.

Here's a quick photo of page 161 in "All About Telephones," TAB Books, 1983 -- showing a few of the Own A Phone sets.

Note the Jewel Box, Gondola Trimline and later version of the Security Phone.

Also note two more variations that seem to be built from the Belgian model -- one with a radio and one with an alarm clock.
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