Phone of the Day: Nortel T7208 Digital Telephone at Earls Kitchen and Bar in Banff Alberta

Rewind to my wife’s and I honeymoon back in July and we made a stop at Earls

in downtown Jasper. Even though Earls is a chain, their restaurants don’t feel like it. They opened a beautiful restaurant here in Chicago near my office and it’s become my favorite going out to lunch spot. The local Chicago location has an off the shelf consumer looking phone system, so I am not impressed by that.

This location in Banff though, has a familiar and sleek looking Nortel T series digital telephone which either operates on a BCM or Norstar platform. This phone was located on the main bar and rang quite a bit for a weekday.

Originally introduced in 1999 these were a sleeker and less expensive version of the M7000 series digital Nortel phones. Button caps were eliminated for printed Desi strips which as you can see, do not work well. The handwritten marker and loss of the plastic cover over the line buttons is common with the T series. The best thing to have done with these phones was to run a piece of double-stick tape behind the label and then it never comes off.