Pushbutton calling / Memory phone (Jun, 1973)

Pushbutton calling

Tired of dialing calls? Here’s an add-on that converts an ordinary dial phone for pushbutton signaling. The 5-1/4-inch sphere also has a memory for 10 frequently used numbers you can call with two buttons. Busy number? Just wait and push one button to repeat your call. Made by Pye in England.

Memory phone

Push one of Touch-a-matic’s 32 buttons and it places prerecorded phone numbers for you. An integrated-circuit memory (foreground) containing 15,000 transistors does the job. To store numbers, you push a “record” button, then the digits. Developed at Bell Labs, the new phones will appear in 1974.

  1. Mike says: June 21, 20112:39 am

    I remember someone I knew had a portable tone dialer, it was about the size of a deck of cards, operated on a 9 volt battery. Speaker on one side, the push buttons on the other. Not sure if it had memory, by the time I saw it it was at its end of life use as most phones were push button at that point.

  2. Toronto says: June 21, 20115:12 am

    Mike: And Radio Shack had a nifty little gadget called the “Soft Touch” that replaced the standard round mouthpiece of a Bell phone with a set of TouchTone digits in a circle. No memory.

    Of course, the “deck of cards” version was portable so worked with payphones. It was popular for “phreaking” in certain rather low-tech ways.

  3. Rocketeer says: July 9, 20112:05 pm

    This article is from the June 1977 issue of Popular Science? Then I wonder why the memory phone “will appear in 1974.”

  4. Toronto says: July 9, 20112:44 pm

    Good catch, Rocketeer – it’s from a 1973 issue.

    Charlie – that OCR has issues with issues.

  5. Charlie says: July 10, 20119:39 am

    Toronto » Fixed. Finally.

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