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Offline old_stuff_hound

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'M' on dial card
« on: August 27, 2011, 08:53:44 AM »
In pa_bell's 2554 thread he has this photo:


Notice the little 'M' on the dial card? I've seen that on other dial cards I've run across. Does anyone know the significance? Were there any other letters(and if so, what was their significance)?

Thanks!

Offline Wallphone

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Re: 'M' on dial card
« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2011, 09:00:41 AM »
I think that I read some where that M meant modular.
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Offline Adam

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Re: 'M' on dial card
« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2011, 09:47:03 AM »
Yes, it was my understanding that it aided the repair service to determine how to handle your service call by enabling them to ask you what kind of phone you had without the customer having to understand what "modular" was, simply by asking whether there was an "M" on the dial card.

This was only a concern during the conversion to modular when some phones were modular and some weren't.  Eventually everything generally was modular and the repair service didn't need to ask anymore.  But installers still had tons of number cards with the "M" on them.  Hence, they used them for both modular and non-modular installations, that's why, even though "M" stands for modular, you will see them now on non-modular sets.
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Offline Adam

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Re: 'M' on dial card
« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2011, 09:50:31 AM »
Here's a 500 with an M.
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Offline old_stuff_hound

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Re: 'M' on dial card
« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2011, 09:55:09 AM »
Yes, it was my understanding that it aided the repair service to determine how to handle your service call by enabling them to ask you what kind of phone you had without the customer having to understand what "modular" was, simply by asking whether there was an "M" on the dial card.

This was only a concern during the conversion to modular when some phones were modular and some weren't.  Eventually everything generally was modular and the repair service didn't need to ask anymore.  But installers still had tons of number cards with the "M" on them.  Hence, they used them for both modular and non-modular installations, that's why, even though "M" stands for modular, you will see them now on non-modular sets.

Ah -- that makes sense. I hand't thought about it, but I think I've only seen it on modular sets. And I'm sure that was much easier than trying to explain to a customer what "modular" meant..... ;-)

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Offline GusHerb

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Re: 'M' on dial card
« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2011, 10:43:44 PM »
Time to check all of my phones for this "M"... will see how many of them do have one.
Jonathan

Offline troydog

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Re: 'M' on dial card
« Reply #6 on: August 28, 2011, 01:46:30 AM »
Did not know what that m was for. Darn I thought it was for.
DIAL M FOR MURDER :D

Offline MDK

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Re: 'M' on dial card
« Reply #7 on: August 28, 2011, 08:07:22 AM »
Typically, if the M on your dialcard is for "Murder", it is standard practice for it to be printed in blood.

Offline jsowers

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Re: 'M' on dial card
« Reply #8 on: August 28, 2011, 11:18:30 AM »
If you haven't seen it, Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder is a pretty good movie. It was set in England, so it used a British dial. Below are two more pictures and the M and N are together on the dial, which I suppose is standard for the British system, but definitely not the norm stateside since we include the letter "O." Also I found a great picture of Hitch using a very beat-up metal body 302. The movie was originally shot in 3-D and the scene with Grace Kelly and the pair of scissors is really great.
Jonathan

Offline GusHerb

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Re: 'M' on dial card
« Reply #9 on: August 28, 2011, 01:49:03 PM »
I just checked. All of my Modular phones with an original dial card have an M.
Jonathan

Offline JorgeAmely

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Re: 'M' on dial card
« Reply #10 on: August 28, 2011, 06:21:01 PM »
Typically, if the M on your dialcard is for "Murder", it is standard practice for it to be printed in blood.


I wonder if a remake of this movie would be titled "Text M for Murder".
Jorge

Offline LarryInMichigan

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Re: 'M' on dial card
« Reply #11 on: August 28, 2011, 06:26:20 PM »
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Below are two more pictures and the M and N are together on the dial, which I suppose is standard for the British system, but definitely not the norm stateside since we include the letter "O."

That looks like a British GPO dial.  I have one like it and a few without letters.

Larry

Offline troydog

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Re: 'M' on dial card
« Reply #12 on: August 28, 2011, 07:02:55 PM »
Trailer for the best movie in years Dial M fir Murder

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdgXkDisDho

Off topic but what was the other movie about a woman in bed she is unable to walk
Was it this one
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDLfDfr4GIU

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Re: 'M' on dial card
« Reply #13 on: December 03, 2012, 09:44:45 PM »
My wife has no sense of humor. She really hit the roof when I put this new dial card on my DK500.