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    Rotary vs Tone DIAL

    How do you change the modem to ROTARY vs TONE dial?

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    Re: Rotary vs Tone DIAL

    There should be a setting early on in the modem setup to select pulse or tone dalling.
    What operating system?

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    Re: Rotary vs Tone DIAL

    Trebor,
    Since I don't have dialup anymore, this is from memory.
    Go to control panel/modem/properties and there should be an option box for rotarytone dialing. <img src=/S/question.gif border=0 alt=question width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Rotary vs Tone DIAL

    Please don't think me rude. I've just gotta ask. Why would you want to do this? Do you like the retro sound?

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    Re: Rotary vs Tone DIAL

    Actually, I know of a few people who MUST do this, for various reasons.

    The one fellow I know, refused to upgrade his "perfectly good" rotary phone to TONE, when Bell Canada started making the touchtone system default. It was an extra cost that my friend didn't, and still doesn't, want to pay.
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    Re: Rotary vs Tone DIAL

    Hello Dean,

    I am helping an 89 year old lady who only has rotary phones in her home and refuses to pay the extra charge for touch tone.

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    Re: Rotary vs Tone DIAL

    I guess it's easy for me to forget that not all places on the planet work as my area does. My phone company doesn't charge extra for tone dialling.

    Five years ago there was a 6 year old girl at church who wanted to call for a ride home. Sure, the phones just around the corner, I said. Without missing a beat she pokes her head back around that corner asking for help. I don't know how to use this phone, she said of our rotary dial!

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    Re: Rotary vs Tone DIAL

    I'm not sure what OS you're working on, but this is from my XP > Control Panel > Phone & Modem Options > Dialling Rules > Edit ...

    (The term 'Rotary" may be a bit of a misnomer - early push-button telephones simply pretended to act the same way; when you pushed the '5' button, it pulsed 5 times....)
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    Re: Rotary vs Tone DIAL

    One device you might need, if the phone is old enough to be hardwired to the wall socket and you don't feel like converting it to modular, is a device that connects via the handset connector. I bought the Modem Doubler many years ago, but haven't needed it lately. It's a bit finicky, you sometimes have to try 3 different settings before it works, but it has saved my bacon any number of times, and it's very light, requiring only a 9v battery. It seems the original seller has changed hands and the product may be lost to history (although I have seen very similar ones out there.) This page has a picture of the Modem Doubler: http://www.impactron.co.uk/modems.htm.

    Targus offers an AC-powered unit that appears to work in a similar manner: PORT SmartConnect Digital Phone Interface.

    If handset is hardwired to the phone, you might need an acoustic coupler. I bought a Telecoupler II many years ago and never figured out how to make it work. (Should have returned it... hey, maybe eBay...) Here's an article about 'em: The Internet From Payphones.

    Good luck!

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    Re: Rotary vs Tone DIAL

    Jeff,
    I think that you are suggesting items that allow access to telco lines, not ones that give you settings to allow pulse/rotary dailing in the modem. I THINK Trebor is looking for settings. As Leif pointed out, some of the so called converters in some telephones, really convert a tone to a pulse, not true tone dialing.
    When a Telco line is adapted to true tone dialing, it is an option strap(s) that is wired in the line equipment in the Telco Central Office. This will allow BOTH tone andor pulse dialers to send numbers to the Selectors in the C.O. If the option for tone is NOT in place, it will only accept dial pulses, not tone.
    The Telco in my area has been charging EXTRA for this service for years now and has been raking in mucho dinero for something that is already part of the equipment capabilities that are in place. If anything they should be glad to be able to handle call volume faster with tone, than the much slower pulse speeds. ( this I know as an ex-Telco type)

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    Re: Rotary vs Tone DIAL

    You're right, I was pointing out that solving the pulse dialing issue might only be part of the challenge of dealing with an old phone.

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