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Evolution of the Telephone

VISIT A TELSTRA STORE | THE EVOLUTION OF THE TELEPHONE 1876 1892 1912 FIRST TELEPHONE AUSTRALIA'S FIRST DESK SET CANDLESTICK PHONE In America they called it the "Eiffel Known as the "Pedestal' or 'Stick" phone, these phones were the hallmark of every old black and white movie, alongside clunky dialogue and a predictable ending. Alexander Graham Bell uttered the words "Mr Watson, come here, I want to Tower' and here it was known as the see you'-the first words ever spoken over a telephone. It's not true that Mr. Watson was busy and asked to call him back. "Open Frame' or 'Coffee Grinder It had a carbon granular transmitter and a ring magnet receiver. It also acted as a pretty mean paperweight. 1912 1937 1942 AUSTRALIAN FIXED LINE PHONE USE BAKELITE TELEPHONE AUSTRALIAN FIXED LINE PHONE USE 100 years ago the Post Master General - the forerunner organisation to Telstra - introduced the automated telephone exchange and it meant Australians - for the first time - could pick up a telephone receiver, dial a number and be automatically connected without the need to talk to a switch board operator. Bakelite was the per fect material as it meant the phones could bemoulded into any shape - including the streamline design shown here. Although technical reasons meant they could only be produced in black. Oh well, you can't have it all. Subscribers: 531,075 Local Calls: 619.030,912 Interstate Calls: 45,317,116 Subscribers: Local Calle: 96,965 171,283,130 1962 1962 1963 800 SERIES / COLORFONE AUSTRALIAN FIXED LINE PHONE USE ERICOFON 1.718,569 1.650,000,000 "Hello, is that the 1960s? This is the Subecribere: Local Calls: 800 series speaking". These now- retro phones were a major feature in homes across the country. The rotary dial meant users across the land were cursing friends with too many 9s in their phone numbers. Nothing quite says 1950s design like this beauty. With the handset and dial combined into one, it anticipated the gvolution of the typical cordless phone and cell phone by several decades. It was also useful as a miniature hat rack. Interstate Calls: 76,500,000 1972 1977 1979 AUSTRALIAN FIXED LINE PHONE USE TOUCHFONE HAMBURGER PHONE 2.977,767 2,848,000,000 Phone fanatics may shake their heads at this, but the rest of us loved it. It was the first time food and technology ar and combined since the that was a complete failure anyway. Subscribers: While the world was donning flares and groovy hairstyles, phones began to use DTMF (Dual Tone Multi Frequency) which meant faster dialling and the dawn of other features like telephone banking andremote access to messages. Groovy! Local Calls: Interstate Calle: 225,280,273 had been 1982 AUSTRALIAN FIXED LINE PHONE USE 1982 COMMANDER MULTILINE 2005 CORDLESS PHONE Subscribers: 5,358,572 5,451,452.000 785,466.000 Like the original touchphone but less attractive. It was able to work using either decadic or DTMF dialling and also offered multiple lines. Clearly a case of brains over beauty. Things are starting to finally modernise. Radio waves sent signals from the handsetto its base, sending a generation of teenagers walking down their yard to chat out of parental earshot. Local Calle Interstate Calls: TODAY AUSTRALIAN FIXED LINE PHONE USE 2010 2012 TELSTRA T-HUBO TELSTRA T-HUBO 2 With Internet access to a wide range of sites, a calendar and texting capabilities the Telstra T-Hub was a major leap forward, doing things that no previous home phone had done before. Telstra T-Hub 2 is the latest evolution of the home phone. It's powered by AndroidTM and is designed to keep the family connected, organised and entertained. With access to handsfree Over the years the home phone has remained central to how Australian families communicate. Telstra customers make around 60 million local calls a week, calling, voicemails displayed as an interactive list, Internet, email, video and Google applications, it's much more than a telephone. So much so that simply calling it a telephone seems a Little unfair. In the 6 months to December 31 2011, 2.4 billion minutes on national Telstra customers spent long distance phone calls and 1.5 billion minutes on fixed line calls to mobiles. Introducing the new Telstra T-Hub 2, the smarter way to keep your family and personal life connected. Loaded with all kinds of innovative technology, the T-Hub 2 is designed quite simply to make your life that little bit easier. IT'S HOW WE CONNECT Androkd is a trademark of Google Inc. "and are trade marks and registered trade marks of Telstra Corporation Limited ABN 33 051775556. 00000

Evolution of the Telephone

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This is our latest infrographic charting the development of the Australian home phone.


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