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Operators do still exist, but in greatly reduced numbers, and they are mostly there to deal with emergency service calls - both to connect callers to an appropriate service and to assist the emergency service with identifying a caller’s location. 1.9K views View upvotes Answer requested by Von Huger Sponsored by Nokia

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In 1910, there were 88,000 female telephone operators in the United States. By 1920, there were 178,000, and by 1930, 235,000. In the telephone’s earliest days, one phone could be connected

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Telephone Operators. A switchboard operator from the 1920s, working at a "private branch exchange" in a large corporate office. Courtesy: Library of Congress, Theodor Horydczak Collection. For much of the 20th century, women played an important role in telecommunications system of the United States. As telephone operators, they helped …

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On T-Mobile, calling the operator was an exercise in cognitive dissonance. Why? Because I got a Verizon operator–right away, even. I asked the operator what services they provide, and it still sounds like the same ones: call completion, collect calls, and emergency services. I guess you still can get an operator, and you still can get service.

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There's a great story about this. This is a Strowger switch— "the first example of an electromechanical stepping switch telephone exchange system." It's the device that automated switchboards and eliminated the need for operators to connect calls. It was invented by Almon Strowger in 1891. Interestingly, Strowger was not an electrical engineer.

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In 1999, you could still plunk a coin into one at 2 million phone booths in the United States. Only 5% of those are left today. About a fifth of America's 100,000 remaining pay phones are in New

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Directory Assistance When you call an operator to request a telephone number, you are using directory assistance. This service can be provided by your local phone company, your long-distance company or various independent providers. The accuracy, price and method of access depend on the service you use.

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The Last Towns to Get Dial Telephones. Before dial telephones, we made phone calls through an operator. You picked up the phone, there was no dial tone, and you talked to an operator who placed

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Another fun fact is that when your phone service is disconnected, it is not really disconnected. In the past, they would physically remove your landline from the switch. Back in the 90's they just disabled the port at the switch in software. As it turns out, you can still call 911 on a landline with no service or no dial tone.

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1.) They still exist – This might go without saying, but pay phones are still in operation all around the United States. While their numbers may be a fraction of what they were in their heyday,

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Telephone operators work for the telephone company, in what's often considered an entry-level job. They work in a central call center and help customers to complete person to person or emergency phone calls where breaking into the line is warranted.

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Short answer: yes. The job just looks much different than it used to. Today’s telephone operators are specialty agents, working directly in customer service to manage large volumes of phone calls, or in places like hotels or other hospitality facilities that may have their own internal phone systems.

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Switchboard operator. Seattle telephone operators in a private branch exchange in 1952. In the early days of telephony, companies used manual telephone switchboards, and switchboard operators connected calls by inserting a pair of phone plugs into the appropriate jacks. They were gradually phased out and replaced by automated systems, first

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Operator assistance refers to a telephone call in which the calling party requires an operator to provide some form of assistance in completing the call. This may include telephone calls made from pay phones, calls placed station-to-station, person-to-person, collect, third number calls, calls billed to a credit card, and certain international calls which cannot be dialed directly.

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Actually the earliest telephone operators were boys between 10 to 15. And the central switchboard operator has to be addressed in a loud voice to be understood. "Wichita Lineman"- Well there

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Operators for the Kerman Telephone Co. still pull and plug cords around the clock at a four-position manual board, a technique abandoned by most telephone companies by …

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There is no way to know in advance whether dialing 1 is necessary within these area codes, even if the phone number is your next door neighbor’s. Calling plans Many telephone companies now provide unlimited local, regional, and long distance services for a flat fee of about $25 a month.

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After more than a century, the telephone operator -- the human being who was always there on the other end of the phone -- is becoming obsolete, along with receptionists and bank tellers. When AT

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By the time the first phone booths were installed in 1905, there were about 2.2 million phones; by 1980, there were more than 175 million.   But with the advent of mobile technology, the public demand for payphones rapidly declined, and today there are fewer than 500,000 still operating in the United States.  

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The telephone industry certainly has changed. I can see how an international telephone operator might have more job opportunities. Large companies who have switchboard operators also heavily rely on the services of a telephone operator. I worked once as a telephone operator/receptionist for a company.

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Ask your host or dial "0" for help from an operator. A cell phone will automatically add 1 to the beginning of any long distance call. Free Phone Numbers (Toll-Free) There are several different prefixes for toll-free numbers: 800, 888, 877. To dial a free phone number, simply dial 1 plus the 3-digit prefix, plus the 7-digit phone number.

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In the late-19th century, when phones were still fairly new, this is pretty much what happened at the exchange. There was someone (typically a woman) called a switchboard operator. She would take one person's phone line and physically connect it to another by plugging it into a socket on a wooden board.

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The technology that powers landline telephones in the UK will be switched off in 2025. Landline operators in the UK will switch every home phone in the UK to an internet-based connection instead

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The last location to still use those telephones was in the Town of Maine, and the process to move away from one where the user had to connect to an operator by cranking the telephone to get

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202-762-1401

And though Verizon discontinued the line—along with a related telephone weather service—five years ago, the U.S. Naval Observatory still offers a time-by-phone service. (Call 202-762-1401

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I miss the old pick up phone and dial operator for directory assistance. Now all the internet sites are trying to sign you up for monthly contracts to sell you address, phone, police records, court cases and other private information that I don’t care to know. All I want is a freaking phone number of a lost relative.

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That is precisely what phone carriers are. These are the operators that allow texting and calling to happen. Many SMS providers like Dexatel are interconnected with dozens of carriers to make the mass texting available for businesses. And if you want to look up a specific phone carrier, Dexatel will help you with this.

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The basic scheme for the party line was the 2-way party line. In this system, a phone would ring for its own calls only. If the phone was picked up while the other person was using the line, then one could participate in the conversation, but you would not know when the other person’s phone was ringing. There was the 4-way party line.

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Telephone line construction exploded with growth over the next few years. By 1880, there were 47,900 telephones across America. By 1881, telephone service between Boston and Providence had been established. By 1892, a telephone line had been constructed between New York and Chicago. By 1894, New York and Boston were connected.

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It used to be that the telephone operator was the heart and soul of the phone industry. Over the years, as technology became more sophisticated, it began to replace the live voice at the switchboard. But there are some things automated phone

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Dialling 100 (for UK operator service) or 155 (for international operator services) takes customers through to an experienced agent who can help on a wide range of calling issues. Our highly trained operators and customer service agents offer your customers the …

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He patented the automatic telephone exchange a.k.a. dial service in 1891, eliminating the need for an operator to direct calls. S.H. Couch & Co. inter-phone - 1910 Cyber Telephone Museum/Ron

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Step 3. Some phone services offer directory assistance to their customers. Google allows smartphone users to text the name of a business and its location to get the number. Gmail account holders can use its phone-calling features to …

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It was invented by Graham Bell in 1876. The telephone in those eras and the telephone in the madam age is far different. The modern telephone has taken the shape of the cell phone, which is portable and can be used anywhere in the globe where the network is supported by mobile operators. Advantages of telephone: Easy and quick to use

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Phone Sex Operators remain anonymous. They assume an identity only for the work. Hence, there’s not much risk unless you decide to violate own anonymity. It’s possible to earn anything between $60 to $200 per day, depending upon the number of calls and services you offer. As a result, there’s a huge demand for Phone Sex Operator jobs.

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Job Descriptions & Duties of a 411 Operator. Banker Vs. Teller. Telephone and cellphone 411 operators provide directory assistance, and must stay on their toes so they can quickly search databases, answer customer questions, and think of alternate spellings of last names, streets and businesses. Some callers feel frustrated and impatient when

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The condition that's makes the central office think that an off hook condition exist when the PBX is still on the on-hook state is called. Glare. Early telephone operators connected calling parties using a. Cord board (manual switch) In digital phone system the indications that a circuit is on-hook is accomplished using. E&m.

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You can still hear people asking for a telephone number using the exchange in older movies and television shows (“Operator, give me MUrray Hill 5-9099”).Back when exchange names were still in

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You can also telephone 152 to find out a number in another country. There is no charge for using these services from a public telephone, but there is a charge if you call from a private telephone. - Operator If you are having problems making a call, you can contact the UK Operator on 100, or the International Operator on 155.

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The rapid increase in demand for telephones and reliable connections posed a problem for the telephone companies. More lines meant more switchboard operators—an expense they were keen to control. And fast as they worked, operators could be overwhelmed by the volume of calls at busy times, leaving callers queuing for a line.

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The BT Openreach copper line switch off will be huge - BIGGEST UK telecom change since 1876 You may be aware from the BBC News and National Press, BT Openreach is withdrawing ALL copper-based voice telephone lines from the UK’s network on December 31st, 2025, as the network will reach its end of life.After this date, any customers using copper-based lines for …

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Both booth options created by the Bell Telephone System contained the same large, rectangular, wall mounted telephone (There’s Something). Telephone headsets were invented during the 1950’s, but were not used by the general public. Instead, telephone operators and dispatchers wore headsets, which had attached microphones that could be …

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800-555-1212

Also, if you needed to contact a company, you’d dial 1-800-555-1212, because we didn’t have 888 and 877 and all that. Toll free numbers were all 1-800 in the 80s. posted by OrangeVelour at 3:41 PM on November 28, 2017. +1 that (area code)-555-1212 was the way to get directory information on the phone.

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Telephone Operator (Former Employee) - Kansas City, MO - July 28, 2018. Same as Southwestern Bell/ AT&T. just a great place to be apart of. I enjoyed everything that was offered to learn and grow with the company. Management was very good, worked with you and they were patient as I learned the new program.

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What are the duties of a telephone operator?

Telephone Operator Job Responsibilities. To answer all incoming telephone call in a professional and polite manner. To make clear and accurate communication to the other party on the other end of the line. To redirect and divert calls to appropriate parties or offices.

What did telephone operators do?

Telephone operators assist individuals and companies in placing phone calls. There are two types of telephone operators, with the most known switchboard operators. Operators perform numerous duties for individuals who need assistance in placing phone calls.

What does a telephone operator do?

They work in a central call center and help customers to complete person to person or emergency phone calls where breaking into the line is warranted. Telephone operators perform directory assistance, providing customers with telephone numbers and offering to complete the call for them.

What is a phone operator job?

Telephone Operator Job Duties Give assistance to the many callers. Show warmth and professionalism in answering the call. Give assistance and provide information that is needed by the callers. Give polite assistance that will direct callers to their right destination.

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