How to dial a Rotary Telephone



How to Dial a Rotary Phone

Three Methods:

Rotary phones are a style of telephones that were largely replaced by punch-button telephones and later by mobile and smart phones. Even though they have become obsolete, you still may encounter rotary phones in certain situations like older homes and telephone booths. Dialing a rotary phone is different from dialing a smart phone or a push-button phone, but it is just as easy.

Steps

Using a Rotary with a Phone Cradle Dial

  1. Remove the handset from the cradle.
  2. Place the handset to your ear and listen for a dial tone.The dial tone should be a mid-ranged, constant pitch.
  3. Place your finger on the first number you wish to dial.Each number has a corresponding hole that will allow you to place your finger in to begin dialing that number.
  4. Rotate the dial clockwise until your finger touches the metal stop.
  5. Remove your finger from the opening.This will allow the dial to return to its original position.
  6. Find your second number and repeat steps three through five.Do this for the remaining numbers.
  7. Return the phone to the cradle when you are finished with your conversation.

Using a Rotary Phone with a Handset Dial

  1. Remove the handset from the cradle.
  2. Listen for a dial tone.The dial tone should be a mid-ranged, constant pitch.
  3. Hold the handset with the dial up.The dial is located between the earpiece and mouthpiece of the phone.
  4. Place your finger on the first number you wish to dial.Each number has a corresponding hole that will allow you to place your finger in to begin dialing that number.
  5. Rotate the dial clockwise.Push through the metal stop until both the metal stop and the dial no longer move.
  6. Remove your finger from the opening.This will allow the dial and the metal stop to return to their original positions.
  7. Find your second number and repeat steps four through six.Do this for the remaining numbers.
  8. Return the phone to the cradle when you are finished with your conversation.

If the Dial is Missing or Broken

  1. Remove the handset from the cradle.Notice the two prongs that rise from the cradle of the phone when the handset is removed. Sometimes you will find a rotary phone that still works, but has a missing or broken dial. Pressing these two prongs down simultaneously is what will allow you to dial the phone despite the damage.
  2. Listen for a dial tone.The dial tone should be a mid-ranged, constant pitch.
  3. Press both prongs down simultaneously to dial stop the dial tone.Releasing the prongs should bring back the dial tone.
  4. Dial the first number of the phone number by pressing down on the prongs simultaneously.To dial a 4 you would rapidly press the prongs down four times.
    • To dial 0, press the prongs down rapidly ten times
  5. Pause briefly.
  6. Repeat steps four and five until you have dialed all the numbers in the phone number
  7. Return the phone to the cradle when you are finished with your conversation.

Community Q&A

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    How can I "Press One," "Press Two," etc. when requested on a rotary telephone?
    Top Answerer
    The phone number may offer a choice to make selections by speaking what you want into the speaker, or you can hold the line and speak to the operator from the company, explaining that you don’t have a touch tone phone.
    Thanks!
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  • You may be forced to hold if the number called has an automated system that allows you to select an option by dialing a number.
  • If you have long or decorated fingernails, and are concerned that dialing might damage them, you may use the eraser end of a pencil to dial.
  • The cradle is where the phone rests when not in use.

Warnings

  • The Missing or Broken Dial method is based on the assumption that you are dialing from North America. In North America one pulse from the dial results in dialing the number 1, but in other regions this may correspond with dialing 0.





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