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Pulse or Tone Dialling.....Short version. For a longer version. click here
Pulse dialling is the method used by all conventional dial telephones to make a call.
Tone dialling is the method used by nearly all modern domestic telephones to make a call.
What is the problem then?
The problem is that some telephone service providers use equipment that no longer "recognises" dial telephones. In other words you cannot make a call using a dial telephone.
Who is affected?
Mainly those of you using a Virgin Media or TalkTalk telephone service.
How am I affected? I subscribe to a Virgin or TalkTalk telephone line.
You will almost certainly not be able to make an outgoing call now or in the near future.
But the telephone will ring, and you will be able to answer it.
Actually making a call may not be such a problem.......Most people have other push button telephones in the house which can be used instead.
What is the answer?
Well, you can just live with it. After all it is a lovely old telephone with a fantastic ring, and you can still answer it.
Or.....You can have a Rotatone device fitted. This will enable you to make outgoing calls in the usual way using your old dial telephone. See the Rotatone page for more information, or call me on the number below.
I subscribe to a BT domestic line. Am I affected?
As far as I know, dial telephones will work normally on a BT line.
I use a SKY satellite set top box. Am I affected?