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Push Button Phone Day

November 18

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An event every year that begins at 00:00 on day 18 of November, repeating indefinitely

November 18
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This day in 1963 was the first day people could
buy a telephone with push buttons instead of
the dreaded dial disk.
Push Button Phone Day is celebrated on the anniversary of the first electronic push button telephone being sold in 1963 by Bell Telephone in Pennsylvania.
We think of pushing buttons on a telephone as something old fashioned already now that we have touch screens and voice dialing.

The dial disc existed on phones since the beginning of when we could dial our own numbers on the phones till long after the push button phones were introduced.
The idea to have phones with push buttons existed already in the late 19th century and we could really wonder why we had to deal with the frustrating disc dial for so long.
But apparently, the technology involved with telephone signals stood in the way of being used with button signals for quite a while.

“The telephone is a good way to talk to people without having to offer them a drink.”

— Fran Lebowitz





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