Phone of the Day 4: Ma Bell 2554 Intercom Telephone : Powell Muni Station San Francisco CA

Phone of the Day 4: Ma Bell 2554 Intercom Telephone : Powell Muni Station San Francisco CA
Here is a picture of one of those famous dialpad less intercom phones in which you simply pick up the handset and it is preprogrammed to call another extension automatically, these phones are commonly referred to as hotline phones.  At this station it’s an “station agent hotline” connection. You can see these phones in the ...

Phone of the day 3: Avaya 1414 digital or 1616 ip telephone @ Beach Chalet San Francisco 

Phone of the day 3: Avaya 1414 digital or 1616 ip telephone @ Beach Chalet San Francisco 
Overlooking the beautiful western coastline of the Pacific Ocean is San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park with the awesome Beach Chalet restaurant and brewery.  While enjoying a great beer and dinner with my girlfriend overlooking the Pacific, I grabbed a photo of this modern Avaya telephone at the hostess stand.  I highly recommend this IPA beer ...

Phones of the Day: Alcatraz Historic Site: Cisco 7962 and Old School Western Electric sets at the famous former prison in San Francisco 

Phones of the Day: Alcatraz Historic Site: Cisco 7962 and Old School Western Electric sets at the famous former prison in San Francisco 
Yesterday my girlfriend and I visited Alcatraz, the famous prison where the most escape prone prisoners were sent during the years of 1934-1963.  The building sat empty until 1969 when Native Americans took over for three years until 1972 when President Nixon declared it a National Park.   The building has an interesting mix of ...

Phones of the Day: Nortel M2616 and M2008 Digital Telephones at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco  

Phones of the Day: Nortel M2616 and M2008 Digital Telephones at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco  
This famous hotel featured as the lobby of the Glass Tower in the famous 1974 disaster movie “The Towering Inferno” also features a Nortel Meridian 1 PBX.  Surely when this hotel opened in 1973, it probably contained the typical 1A2 deskset for the multi line phones.   Most Hyatts use NEC and Mitel, so it ...

Phone of the Day 2: Avaya Partner 6D Euro Set, Next Door Pub Lake Geneva, WI

Phone of the Day 2: Avaya Partner 6D Euro Set, Next Door Pub Lake Geneva, WI
I had a wonderful lunch today with my girlfriend and her family at the Next Door Pub in Lake Geneva Wisconsin. The food was absolutely incredible at this restaurant.   Spotted on the counter near the bar is a Partner 6D set which means it has 6 buttons and a display and works on the ...

Phone of the Day: Avaya 9608 IP Telephone @ Yard House Restaurant Glenview IL 

Phone of the Day: Avaya 9608 IP Telephone @ Yard House Restaurant Glenview IL 
I joined my lovely girlfriend and her family for dinner on Tuesday night at a great beer breweryish restaurant at the Glen in Glenview IL.  The Glen is a high end shopping center and residential development converted from the Great Lakes Naval air strip.  At the center of this well designed restaurant with great food ...

Phone of the Day: Cisco 7965 IP Telephone Water Tower Place Reception Desk Chicago IL

Phone of the Day: Cisco 7965 IP Telephone Water Tower Place Reception Desk Chicago IL
Back when I was in college in the late 1990s, the Water Tower Place mall reception desk had a black Nortel M9316 Analog set presumably in a centrex setup, which looked professional but was running on analog centrex lines.   Sometime in the early 2000s, they updated to an Inter-Tel digital telephone system until just ...

Phone of the Day: Lucent (Avaya) Partner-18 Euro Digital telephone-Banana Republic Chicago, IL

Phone of the Day: Lucent (Avaya) Partner-18 Euro Digital telephone-Banana Republic Chicago, IL
Here is a late model Lucent Partner-18 telephone that works on the Avaya partner systems.  The Euro version came out on the late 1990s and is a multi-line phone with 18 line/feature buttons hence the name 18.  This a non display telephone.  Gap/Banana Republic/Old Navy have been big ATT, Lucent, Avaya Users since the inception ...

WPhone of the Day: Toshiba DKT-3210SD LensCrafters Optique Chicago IL

WPhone of the Day: Toshiba DKT-3210SD LensCrafters Optique Chicago IL
Shown in the attached photo is a Toshiba fifth generation DKT digital telephone.  The first ones were introduced in the mid 1980s and were branded as Harris Lanier.  Toshiba moved into the key system telephone system arena by purchasing Harris Business Communications, and eventually introducing a completely redesigned set around 1990.  The second generation sets ...

Phone of the Day: Nortel i2004 with KEM 

Phone of the Day: Nortel i2004 with KEM 
So this purplish phone has been called the “Barney purple” Nortel telephone. It was introduced by Nortel Networks in 1999 as the first commercially produced voip telephone to work off a mass produced PBX, the Meridian 1 telephone switch.  It complemented the 1998 released M3900 digital sets.  Insiders at Nortel told me the phone was ...