Bold Old Phones has been in business since 2003 and
has sold over 8,000 vintage rotary dial phones in that
time to customers who admire the Mid-Century Modern look
of the Model 500 desktop telephone. Our clients have been
homeowners, museums, and Hollywood productions (including
the AMC hit series Mad Men).
The main question that people ask us is... "Do rotary
dial telephones still work?" The short answer
is... "it depends." It is important that you ask
your telephone provider that question before buying
an antique phone.
The long answer from us is that rotary dial
phones still work on traditional phone systems, require a
DSL filter to work on DSL systems, and may or may not
work on cablephone (VoiP) systems (although you can buy
an adapter that will usually make it work there too). We
have even been able in the past to sell specially
modified phones that can Bluetooth over cellular
networks. Our problem is that most people don't seem to
know what type of system they have in their homes!
REPEAT: Because shipping is not
refundable, you must
ASK YOUR TELEPHONE PROVIDER if a
pulse-dial rotary telephone will work on their network.
If not then you should try one of our
replica phones which will work on all networks and
give you the look you are wanting without the actual
mechanical rotary dial.