Other 800 Phones

Fig 11: 811 CB Verson. Issued in all colours, especially for use on manual switchboards. As PABXs and STD came into wide acceptance the CB phones were replaced with auto models. They are now uncommon.

Fig. 12: 8111 / 8121 CB phone, fitted with recall button (at left) . This is a typical example - the recall button could be fitted to just about any 800 model as provision had been made in the case moulding for it.

Fig. 13: 8028 fitted with control lock to disable the dial . Listed as ACF CL&K. These phones were very popular in the early days of STD.

Fig. 14: 8221 Two Line Telephone with Hold, Line and Recall buttons. Officially issued in Grey only, but like so many of these phones other colours appeared from time to time as “one-offs”. It depended on how friendly you were with your local technician.

Fig. 15: 1/2 Intercom (pronounced One Bar Two). A one line, 2-telephone intercom system for internal use only. In the usual exciting choice of grey.

Fig. 16: 8241 fitted with switch and socket for operator’s headset. The headset was a lightweight early plastic model.

Fig. 17: 8322 . Hearing Aid Phone. Originally called (unflatteringly) the Deaf Aid Phone. It was fitted with an amplifier (volume control at bottom left corner), hearing aid coupler coil in the receiver, and a switch to change between the internal bell and an external Gliding Tone Caller, a variable frequency tone ringer. It worked well and was quite popular. Its price was subsidised by Telecom as a public service.

Fig 18: 8501 / 8502: The main phone of the 1/3 (pronounced One Bar Three) intercom system. Designed to handle two extensions, both of which could be external two-wire. The first issue was plagued with problems. Customers had to provide a power point for its use, the external extensions were prone to lightning strikes, and customers complained about the colour choice - as usual , grey.

Fig 19: 4/10 Party Line phone with a generator built into the plinth under the phone. Grey only (surprised?). The magneto was used for signalling other parties on a party line connected to an automatic exchange. They only had a short life (about a decade) as Telecom made a concerted effort to get rid of all party lines as soon as cables could be laid to replace them. Surprisingly this caused some opposition, as calls to other parties on the same line had been free. They were now chargeable. The phone is rare.

Fig 20: Yellow Pages Survey Phone. A small batch of these bright yellow phones was built to count incoming calls on special Yellow Pages customer lines to measure the effectiveness of Yellow Pages advertising. They are quite rare.

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