746 Phone Questions
Our renovated 1970's 746 telephones have been converted so that they plug directly into a standard British telephone socket.
We have serviced, cleaned and recalibrated these old telephones so they will not interfere with your Broadband performance or make your Broadband unreliable.
All land line telephones, new or old are all "Analogue" phones. There is no such thing as a "Digital" land line telephone.
These old rotary dial 746 telephones use a method of dialling out called "pulse dialling". Pulse dialling is still supported by all the UK telephone land line providers for the foreseeable future.
The only telephone systems that experience problems with these rotary pulse dial telephones are Office/Business PABX or VOIP (Voice over IP). Even then you can still take incoming calls and the incoming mechanical bells still ring, which is the key selling point of these iconic old telephones.
Please be aware that with rotary dials there are no * or # keys and call centre's menu systems are designed for push button "tone dialling". However, most people have the option to use a mobile on the odd occasion they need to use the call centre menus.
The only telephone provider known to have some potential issues with pulse dial telephones is TalkTalk. This is because in "SOME" areas TalkTalk use their own Telephone Exchange equipment that is not as tolerant of slightly out of adjustment mechanical rotary dials.
We can calibrate 746 dials so that they will work on TalkTalk however, we can only offer a limited guarantee (regarding dialling out) if you are with TalkTalk please see our terms and conditions for details.
There are many new small telephone service providers coming onto the market, however under the covers we believe they are all still using the main providers such as BT, SKY, Virgin, PlusNet and TalkTalk etc.
All UK telephone providers work equally well for incoming calls and will still ring these wonderful sounding mechanical bells.
The 746 telephones electrical component design (in the late 1960's) has never been beaten. These vintage 746 phones are regarded as the pinnacle in the evolution of the land line telephones. The build quality and feel of these classic telephones is fantastic. For example the mechanical telephone bells in modern replica 746's are a very poor imitation of the superb originals.
The only advantage the inferior replica 746 telephones have is the use of the * and # keys or if you need to navigate around call centre menu's etc.
Although we have fitted various pulse to tone converters in the past (adds an extra £30 to £40 to the cost) we are not totally happy with the reliability of these units. Many converters were designed for VOIP lines and can potentially be overloaded and damaged with PSTN telephone line conditions. So we took the decision to stop offering this as an option a few years ago.
The only advantage to Pulse to Tone converters is the use of the * and # keys or if you need to navigate around call centre menu's. Pulse dialling is still supported for the foreseeable future by all the UK telephone providers, however we believe TalkTalk telephone exchange equipment is not as fault tolerant for pulse dialling as the others. For this reason we can only offer a limited guarantee if you are with TalkTalk.
The only other need for tone dialling is if you are using VOIP or an Office PABX.
We are a family business and our lead technician has over 32 years experience working for BT with 5 years worth of qualifications in Telecommunications.
Our chief engineer also quality checks every telephone upon completion before they leave our workshop. We pride ourselves that you will not find better workmanship elsewhere.
All our telephones come with a twelve month guarantee, see our terms and conditions for details.
Although there are lots of reasons people buy original Vintage/Retro Telephones one of the main attractions of these old telephones is the sound of the mechanical telephone bells. It's an iconic sound that is unique to these classic telephones. Modern replicas made in China etc sound very "tinny" by comparison.
The other important selling point is the sheer quality of the engineering and components used, both inside and out.
If you have Broadband ALL telephones require a ADSL filter (microfilters). This a device that allows broadband to work at the same time as your telephone service. Without an ADSL filter you may get problems with your Broadband speeds or experience noise on your telephone line. You may also experience a problem where your telephone may not ring or ring intermittently.
As a simple rule of thumb, you should have one filter per telephone (new or old).
Most Broadband suppliers include ADSL filters in their Broadband package, however extra filters can be purchased from most good electrical shops.
The UK uses a 3 wire internal telephone wining system and a unique BT style plug, most of the rest of the world use a 2 wire system and many different styles of telephone plug. Consequently we do not sell or post these telephones outside of the UK.
Plus selling within the UK makes us less likely targets for postal fraud etc.