Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Retro Walter Cronkite phone flashes
but doesn't ring

Years ago, it was common to see telephones on the desks in TV news studios with "beehive" lamps that flashed when a director had to speak to the broadcaster. Instead of having a conventional ring that would go out over the air, the phones had a more subtle flash, that would still be noticed, but not be annoying.

These phones are still used in broadcast and recording studios, and other places where ringing is not wanted, or places where it's too noisy to hear a phone ring; and some people buy them just because they look cool.

Normally used for answer-only, these phones don't have dials, but they can make calls if connected to a phone system with memory dialing, or a ring-down circuit.

You can get one at RedHotPhones.com

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