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Offline Stephen Furley

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German 'phone
« on: April 29, 2009, 05:52:23 PM »
I have very few 'foreign' 'phones, but I recently bought a German one on Ebay:

I know very little about it.  On the bottom it's marked:

POST FeTAp 661-2a

BP De Te We p 03.77

e 21

Anybody know anything about it?

I quite like it.  It looks quite modern, but doesn't seem to be very well made.  It's very light, and the dial doesn't feel very good.  A small flap at the back, held by a single screw conceals the plugs which connect the cords, and a blanking plug which fits into what seems to be a RJ-11 shaped hole, but there are no contacts in it.

The line cord is probably almost long enough to reach to Germany from here; I've never seen one so long.

The dial is sticking a bit, but getting better with exercise.

I always try to keep original type cords and plugs on collectable 'phones, so I'm gong to need to order one of these:

Which will fit the plug which is on it.  This is lucky, as it is the only adapter from a German plug which I can find, whereas going the other way there sem to be no less than five different German plugs:

Offline mienaichizu

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Re: German 'phone
« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2009, 10:48:35 PM »
yes, that phone is German made. It is the model Fe Ap 61 (1961) of the German Bundespost which is similar to the T65 of the Dutch PTT

Offline Stephen Furley

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Re: German 'phone
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2009, 03:23:14 PM »
It looks like I'm going to have to re-think the German adapter thing.  is the only place I have been able to find it, and it's only about $10, but for that, and a similar French one, the shipping charge to the UK varies between about $59, and almost twice that, depending on which service I want.  $40-50 shipping for a telephone is bad enough, but this is ridiculous.


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Re: German 'phone
« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2009, 04:09:05 PM »
The variety of German adapters kind of surprises me.  I know it's a cliche' but I would expect more standardization from Germany. ???