The Telephone on P. E. I. - Payphones!
Member: Telephone Collector's International 2003/2004
Public Telephone payphone sign recently purchased. This type of sign was mounted above or near the location of payphones. Size approximately 11 ½ x 13 inches.
| Northern Electric N233H 3 Slot Pay Phone
The Northern Electric N233H payphone was extensively
used on Prince Edward Island, and indeed in all of Canada. It is essentially
the same as the Western Electric version of the same phone. This is
a pre-pay phone. To make a call, one must insert a coin, then the phone
will get dial tone and the call could be made. These phones were pay
stations - named so, since they were used with an external network and
ringer (685A) which was mounted beneath the station. To use for home
use, either a 685A must be provided, or a network must be installed
within the case. If dialing without a coin is desired, even with the
network installed, a couple of internal modifications must be made.
|Northern Electric QSD3A 3 Slot Pay Phone
The Northern Electric QSD3A payphone was extensively used
by independant telephone companies in North America. This is a semi-postpay phone.
There was no equivalent Western Electric version. These phones were pay stations
- named so, since they were used with an external network and ringer (685A) which
was mounted beneath the station. To use for home use, either a 685A must be provided,
or a network must be installed within the case.
|Automatic Electric 3 Slot Pay Phone
Does this bring back memories of earlier days? This AE LPB
82 55 payphone is typical of the style of phone used from the 50's till late 70's.
Western/Northern Electric and Automatic Electric phones
were based upon the original Gray pay stations. The three slots were sized to
take nickels, dimes, and quarters. Gradually phased out before most of us noticed
it seems, they became a rarity, replaced by phones such as the Centurion shown
below. The LPB 82 was a pre-pay phone - when you picked up the receiver, you got
a dial tone, but couldn't dial till you inserted your dime. The instruction card
says: Listen for dial tone, Deposit dime or two nickels, Dial number as desired.
The phone is working 100%, and a 29S upper lock (fills the hole below the instruction
card) has been located and has been installed. The phone has been cleaned up,
converted for residential use, and a chrome top sign has been added.
|The Northern Electric/Nortel Centurion
Still commonly seen in P.E.I., but being phased out in favour
of digital pay stations (such as the Millenium) which
allow the use of credit cards, is the Nortel Centurion, a variation of the "Fortress"
phone, a single-slot, coin line controlled pay phone. This model was used by Canadian
companies and by some USA independent companies as well. For local calls, the
phone counts up the money until the local rate has been deposited. When a sufficient
deposit is made, the pay phone completes a path to ground so that the phone will
pass the coin ground test. After a phone number is dialed, the central office
conducts the test, and if conditions are met, puts the call through.
Northern Telecom/Nortel/Quortech Millenium
The most secure payphone in the world. An NOS surplus Nevada Bell Millenium has been found and added to the collection. Thanks to the lucky discovery of an old Island Tel bezel and instruction card, I have rebranded it Island Tel. This bexel was a remnant of the Island Tel to Aliant branding change a couple of years ago. Because of the security features of this phone, and the fact all features are controlled by a microprocessor and daily calls to a Millenium Manager, it will have to be a display only piece, but it is worderful to have the "Cadillac" of the industry for display. Click on Millenium to see more details of this marvellous phone.
Ernest Telecom Based COCOT Payphone
This payphone is based on the Ernest Telecom 7D-1 motherboard, a microprocessor based COCOT (Customer Owned Coin Operated Telephone) phone. This phone is completely programmable, and operates on a normal line, and determines long distance fees using an internally programmed rate table. A microprocessor based voice guides you through the operation process, in conjunction with an LCD display. It is a multi-pay phone, which means it accepts coins of 5, 10, 25¢, and dollar, and payment by credit card.
While Ernest Telecom was a legitimate company, this particular phone was made as part of a 1999 payphone scam by another company using parts which had been cleared by Ernest the year before from their obsolete 7D1 model. People were led into believing that with a considerable investment in payphones, they would get rich. Soon they discovered that locations and Canadian approval for the phones had not been secured, Canadian rate tables were not available, and support was non-existant. The phone was named "Millenium 2000" to misle people into thinking they were getting a Nortel Millenium phone, the Cadillac of the industry at the time.
Ernest was not involved in the scam other than unwittingly selling parts to the perpetrators, as they did to many other legitimate companies. They were as much victims of the scam as the investors. Despite its shortcomings, not having an updated rate table, this phone is a good operating phone, and will make a nice display item in the physical museum. I would like to find documentation for the Ernest 7D-1 or 7D-3 board.