Author Topic: ITI Indian Phone  (Read 1233 times)

Offline wds

  • **
  • Posts: 2845
ITI Indian Phone
« on: December 27, 2012, 01:13:26 PM »
Are these indian phones collectable at all?  I can't seem to find anyting on these phones, and I have an opportunity to pick this one up for about $60.  Looks a lot like the GPO phone.
Dave

Offline twocvbloke

  • **
  • Posts: 4853
  • W.E. 500 DM
Re: ITI Indian Phone
« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2012, 01:20:54 PM »
They're considered as cheap clones of the GPO's 300 series phones, at that prce it's probably worth it, but they're far below the quality of the GPO's offerings... :)

And some info on ITI and how to spot their phones:

http://www.britishtelephones.com/iti.htm

http://www.britishtelephones.com/collect.htm
« Last Edit: December 27, 2012, 01:22:51 PM by twocvbloke »

Offline LarryInMichigan

  • ***
  • Posts: 5245
Re: ITI Indian Phone
« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2012, 01:34:12 PM »
I think that I would pass on it.  The Indian phones have poor quality bakelite.  The real British ones can be found for cheap if one looks enough.  I have two British GPO 300 series and an Australian version, and I got each for less than $60.

Larry

Offline AE_Collector

  • Global Moderator
  • *****
  • Posts: 7531
  • AE 2 - AECo's 1st Self Contained Desk Phone 1925
Re: ITI Indian Phone
« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2012, 03:37:39 PM »
The difference would be if it were a colored one for $60. Still a cheap clone but it might be nice to have a colored one even if it is a cheap colored one. As Larry says, you can pick up a real black one for $60.

I think the Indian phones are made with some of the original molds but just inferior bakelite and electrics....aren't they?

Terry

Offline twocvbloke

  • **
  • Posts: 4853
  • W.E. 500 DM
Re: ITI Indian Phone
« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2012, 12:46:16 AM »
It'd be nice if the real thing was less than $60 in the country they originated from... :o

ebay UK GPO 332 search link...

Offline Owain

  • **
  • Posts: 858
  • Consider Your Colour Scheme (M C James for GPO)
Re: ITI Indian Phone
« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2012, 06:46:00 AM »
I paid 60 in a shop for mine - and that was in the days before the internet.

However with a little ingenuity, and from the results of that ebay search:

case 6 + postage
internals 10 + postage
base 3 + postage

leaving our intrepid collector to hunt down a handset, dial, and drawer front (the drawer front being the expensive bit, and 20 from another ebay seller)

Offline wds

  • **
  • Posts: 2845
Re: ITI Indian Phone
« Reply #6 on: December 28, 2012, 08:06:40 AM »
Thanks for all the input.  I think I'll keep the $60 and put it towards a good GPO instead.  Hopefully I get as lucky as Larry and find one for a good price.
Dave

Offline LarryInMichigan

  • ***
  • Posts: 5245
Re: ITI Indian Phone
« Reply #7 on: December 28, 2012, 09:56:31 AM »
Thanks for all the input.  I think I'll keep the $60 and put it towards a good GPO instead.  Hopefully I get as lucky as Larry and find one for a good price.

If I can do it, anyone can!

Larry