ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Pulse to Tone Converters for Old Rotary Phones

Updated on July 2, 2014
Old Rotary Phones with VoIP
Old Rotary Phones with VoIP

Older Phones and Pulse Dialing

Smartphones have become indispensable for everyday living in many countries across the world. Several households have multiple mobile devices per individual such as mobile phones, tablets etc. With the high cost of these devices and the accompanying data plans, lots of people have considered disconnecting their landline completely in favor of mobile phones since it fulfills the majority of their needs anyway.

Even those who need a landline have switched to using VoIP rather than traditional phone services. But in spite of the growing popularity of modern devices, quite a few people still have and wish to use older rotary phones with their current phone service. However, using rotary phones is not just a matter of making sure the device can still work.

Converting Between Pulse and Tone

Rotary phones work by emitting small electrical pulses which are used by equipment at the telephone provider’s end to decode the number being dialed. On the other hand, modern touch phones use a distinctive key tone for every number which is instantly recognizable by the phone provider’s network. Even if these dial tones can be recognized by analog telephone networks, most VoIP equipment will fail to detect them. So the biggest hurdle to using a rotary phone is purely a technological one.

Nevertheless, the solution also lies in technology. There are a few vendors who sell pulse to tone converters for rotary phones which ensures that such devices can work with modern phone equipment and hosted PBX systems. In most cases, the equipment is nothing more than a small box into which the rotary phone has to be plugged. The box will also have an RJ11 connector which can plug into a regular phone jack. The equipment does not require any installation and as long as the rotary phone still works, it can be used to make and receive phone calls.

Adding Additional Features

In fact technology has even gone a step beyond just allowing rotary phones to work with VoIP. In many cases, the converter enables additional features such as speed dialing as well as the ability to dial special characters such as “*” and “#”. It even allows users to dial numbers in the middle of a call which is often necessary when navigating customer service phone trees (where you have to press 1 to continue or similar).

The reasons for using a rotary phone vary – some people have fond memories of using rotary phones when they were kids and some like the reliability of these antique devices. Whatever be the reason, those who wish to can still use these pulse to tone converters for making calls with their old and beautiful rotary phones.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)