ANSWERS: 93
  • I do. We had a green rotary phone for a LONG time. My grandma had hers even longer!!
  • *Shudders* Before voice command, built in phone books, and speed dial.
  • you mean like now just go to CONTACT and press talk? Yes I remember those past days when one had to dial the whole number. The cell phone has ruined my life in a way. OH the nights I drunk Dial.
  • You're forcing me to admit my age, but yes I do. I even remember when some didn't even have a dial, but only a switchhook, which one tapped in order to get an operator on the line to place the call. Ahh, my misspent youth ;)
  • Oh yes. We didn't have a telephone in the house until 1980, and I wasn't using the button ones until 1986. This could start to sound like Monty Python's 'Four Yorkshiremen' sketch, so I'll shut up.
  • Ah yes...the spinning dial. lol. I was just talking about today, the cordless phones that first came out that were about twelve inches long and huge. lol. And the old portable phones that you had to carry a backpack along with it.....
  • I'm not that old, but I have used an old fashioned phone with a dial. If I had my own house I'd install such phones. I don't have a cell phone either.
  • I do. Was commonplace when I was a kid. And I ain't that ancient :)
  • I still have a rotary phone. I use it to get to the head of the que when calling credit card, utility, banking companies. I find the clicking noise amusing!
  • Oh yes some still had hook phones but most were dial phones. they didn't have any other type.
  • yea my friend had an old ph in her room, its awesum
  • Oh yes. I think my parents were the last ones on the block to get a push button phone. They didn't want to pay the extra $3/month for push button.
  • Yep! I even remember phone #'s that started out with 2 letters, (for instance, BL7-3902). When I was 16, we lived in a town where you only dialed the last 4 numbers. Man, I'm getting old! LoL!
  • Sure. I had one when I was single and living in an apartment, back in 1986. It was identical to the one on the picture. At that moment those phones were becoming rare, but the phone technician told me that they didn't have any newer ones (with buttons) in stock, so he was going to install that one and I could take it later on and trade at the office for a better one. I never did, (just lazy about it) so I kept that dinosaur for my three years living there. I remember dialing 800 numbers for those TV Offers....that was the trend before the Internet...It took forever to dial those long numbers..just too slow!
  • When I was very young I remember pay phones being "rotary". In my home, always touch buttons.
  • Yes, our family had a rotary phone until about 1971.
  • No doubt I also remember the phones you had to crank to get the operator and didn't have a dial but had them connect you to the party you were wanting.
  • Yes. And I remember when we didn't have a telephone (didn't get one till I was seven). And we were never allowed to interrupt the person talking on the telephone.
  • I sure do! Sometimes when I was a kid it would hurt my finger to dial the numbers.
  • hahaha... uhhh... I actually had a rotary until about four years ago. To enter our automated system, press one. To speak with tech support, pres two. If you are calling from a rotary phone... just stay on the line Ruby Doomsday.
  • im not very old and i even remember it! they were much much funner than the new phones!even when my parents got a push button one we still played with the dial one!
  • Oh yeah! anyone remember or use a telephome when there was no dial just a crank magneto your number was longs or short rings and a commedienne would ask is this the person with whom i'm speaking? party line.
  • I still use one. reeks havok with the FBI's phone taps. I saw a website that sells refurbished old phones for huge sums of money.
  • Yes. When I was little we had an ochre colored rotary phone. I would always have nightmares about being in an emergency situation and not being able to dial it fast enough. Weird.
  • Yep. My folks even had one in their lake cottage in Chautauqua NY until Mom sold the place in 2001. The local privately owned (monopoly) phone company of Jamestown NY was still living in -- well, the Depression, if not the Dark Ages. They even had party lines up until the mid '80s.
  • Oh yeah. We had one when I was a kid... my little brother got his finger stuck in the dial ^_^ he was about two. Clutzy little kid.
  • I do. I thought they were fun to dial!! Do you remember when push button came out and you had a choice of how to dial, tone or pulse??
  • I sure do remember..and I remember the party line. You could have 8 or 10 other people using the same line.
  • i still dial on my cell, its faster for me because the #s are bigger than the letters.
  • I remember when using a phone involved 2 cranks, one at my end and the partyline operator.
  • it was a long time ago.
  • I remember. I have one of those around here somewhere.
  • I used a rotary dial phone until about July, 1983.
  • I remember when my aunt and uncle had a party line, an operator and their own "ring"! Pick up the phone, dial the number if you know it, or hit the hang-up buttons to get the operator and tell HER what number to dial. They surely had to be a lot more careful what they said on the lines, then, because it WAS a party line and the operator could be listening in. I also remember when exchanges were words... "Shelborn (for SH) 5-5555" or "Pleasant (for PL) 5-5555" and there WERE no area codes (it was all through a local operator who connected you to the long-distance operator.) (You DO realize it won't be too terribly long before we're saying something like: "Do you remember when you had a telephone with buttons for the numbers on your desk? ... and at work, it might have 5 different lines or more with buttons you pressed? ... and you had to hold the phone to your ear?" LOL)
  • remember? I still have and use three of them. dialing is not at all old or useless since it never goes bad unlike some newer phones. do you remember when you had to crank a phone? I have an old crank phone from my grandparents and the phone company won't provide service for it!
  • Yes, I do. I also remember when you didn't need to dial an area code first.
  • Yes, I do.
  • Yes, and I even remember having an operator ask me what number I wanted to be connected to!!
  • Yup. Do you remember when the wire between hand set and ... uh... the base wasn't a coil, but just a cloth covered wire? The actuall 'machine' belonged to Ma Bell. How about 'party lines?' I remember the 'phone man' coming into our living room and picking up the phone, ' I'm sorry ladies, this is THE PHONE COMPANY,' he said, ' you will have to hang up while I switch this phone to a private line.' I could almost hear the gossips gasp, we were so proud, we could call anybody anytime, without having to check to see if anybody was calling anybody at anytime. Remember when telephone 'prefixes' were words? We were DRake.
  • when i was very young, im 17 now so you know i had to be like 6 or 7. It was at my Grandmothers house, i always hated those phones lol.
  • I grew up with the dial.
  • i cant see anything on my key pad or screen so i just dial
  • Yes...I kinda miss that whirrr and click dialing made
  • when i was like 5, and the other week when our main phone broke and we went digging in the shed and found our old retro fone, they should make them again theyre brilliant
  • yes, b/c i am in sales and make cold calls to people all day long...
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  • O yea I still have my grand mothers phone hooked up in my house still works as good as any phone in my house and made from the old kind of plastic that can stop a bullet lol
  • Oh Yes. I may have been one of the last people to have a rotary phone. Maybe 1990 I got a touch Tone. One of these days I am going to get a Color TV.
  • LOL, yes, it was not that long ago.
  • Yes. In fact someone I know still has one in their basement and her Grandson wanted to know how it worked!
  • Sure do...I remember having to dial only seven digits to make a local call, too.
  • Yes and it wasn't so long ago for me. We had one rotary dial phone up to about 4 years ago. I loved letting kids use our phone and they would look at it and not know how to use it LOL!!!!!
  • Dial, schmial. I remember having to turn a crank; then I would say to the operator, "Mabel, I want to talk to my grandmother," and Mabel would connect me and ring my grandmother's phone. Mabel knew my voice, and knew my grandmother. But that was 70 years ago.
  • Yes, my parents have one at their house. I love it!
  • Yes and they had cords too. I also remember when TVs didn't have remote controls, when all radios had dials and not buttons, when alarm clocks had a wheel of numbers that flipped when the time changed, when batteries were included with toys, when playing outside was what kids wanted to do, when the Atari 2600 was hi-tech gaming brilliance, when the home computer was a VIC20 or a Commodore 64, when text adventures were fun, when segregation ended in the 70s...I could go on, but that's plenty I think.
  • Yes, I remember those days, back in England.
  • Yes. And now I'm always losing my cell phone so I went into the garage and got my old desk phone and cut the receiver off and duct-taped the cord to my cell phone and now I never lose my cell phone. Its always on my desk attached to my old dialup.
  • Heck yes, in fact, the wallet I carry was my moms, and she has the paper circle with the phone number onit, taped to the inside of it. Too funny...thank goodness for touch-tone.
  • I surely do. I don't have a phone quite that old, but I do keep a very basic landline phone for the many times that the power is off in our neighborhood.
  • Yup, green phone. My finger got pinched between the dial and stop once. Hated waiting for the dial to return.
  • Yeah I do, but think about this... what if they'd came with cell phones at that time... wouldn't that kind of suck?
  • Yes, I clearly remember what a novelty the touch tone one was with its keypad because you could play tunes on them. We had dial service only in the town I was born in (we moved when i was small but visited often) until Ronald Reagan was almost OUT of office. People sometimes had two phones so they could use the automated touch tone features after they dialed on the rotary.
  • Dial? Hell we didn't have dial. I had me a cage full of pigeons that I had to tie these stupid little notes to their stupid little legs, and they would crap all over, oh, what a mess they made and then came that those crazy wires with all that silly beeping and the horseless carriages and what not............
  • Not only dialing, I remember an operator on a party line. "Operator" "Mabel, get me the Johnsons, please"
  • Yes, we had an old rotary phone for a few years. I was a child then so I would unplug it from the wall and play with it. Did you know that each number on a modern phone has a tone associated with it? If you hum the notes in series, you can "dial" a number that way (disclaimer: you will have to be near pitch perfect for it to work)
  • wasnt alive lol
  • LOL, yes I do!
  • Yes ...
  • When I went to the Central Office on a field trip I was stunned by the thousands of switchbanks and relays. Sounded like the mother of all pinball machines. Remember the prefix you had? Like ALpine 3- 1212...I think its time to change my 3G pacemaker battery...
  • I don't remember ever having to use one as i am only 20 years old. However I am a telephone technician for the military so I have by far had much a horrible experience with legacy telephone equipment. It is hard to interface legacy telephone equipment with VoIP(Voice over Internet Protocol) Telephones such as the Cisco IP phones and their CallManager Servers.
  • yes. i remember my mom so anxious between each #.. dang. there was no caller id then. and when you slammed the phone on someone, it hurt your ears too! those rotary phones break nails too. so glad to be in the now.
  • Yes I do remember!
  • I remember having to wait for the dial to return so you could dial the next number. The kids today would never make it with dial phones. Think how text messages would slow down.
  • yeah lol funny how all u have to do is say "call:Person" with out touching a button
  • My Mother still has the Marble and brass decorative telephones in the house.
  • yes When I was a clild
  • Yes I do, many years ago. Later push-button dialing that sent signals identical to rotary dialing. This was much slower than touch-tone, which led to its being discontinued. Pulse signals will not work with automated systems now prevalent.
  • I still have and use a rotary phone. Whats really cool is since I switched my home phone over to Comcast and I can now use the rotary with automated phone systems. Somehow now the clicks are now understood.
  • I remember an operator asking "Number please?" That was before we got even rotary phones.
  • No, as I was born after those phones stopped being useful.
  • Yep. I also remember not "dialing" at all but flipping the switch hook to pulse out the numbers, just because we could.
  • Yes, and the phones were heavy enough to be used as a weapon.
  • Most of my life I remember.
  • No. I have a modern telephone that emulates the physical style of those old ones though, with the weird receiver, but it's touch tone.
  • LOL ... Being as I am 60 years YOUNG ... I can remember the dial telephone ... +5
  • Yes, and I also remember the old handcranked ones. Nearly everyone on your line would eavesdrop on your conversations.Phone numbers were so many rings per household. Our number was 4 F 7. (four short rings on line number seven)
  • Until about 1970. Yes.
  • Sorry mate I didn't get that??
  • ... It was a cold Russian winter in St. Petersburg before the Perestroyka.
  • I remember when we had to turn a crank, and later a phone without a dial. I picked up the earpiece and said, "Mabel, let me talk to my grandmother," and the operator rang my grandmother's house. Mabel recognised my voice, for she lived just down the block from us. I also remember party lines, actually phone numbers shared by several households; we'd answer when the phone rang, and hang up if the call was for someone else on the same party line.
  • I still keep a rotary dial phone for emergency use. They will still dial out if a thunderstorm knocks out your power. They dont require power from a wall socket like fancy cordless models..
  • No. I'm either really young or really forgetful, or both!

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