I have a Crosley 1950s style payphone. I have had to exchange it about five times now because of problems getting a dial tone and dialing. Usually it will work for about a month and then the problem starts. I've checked all connections and they are fine. Since this has happened so many times, I cannot be the only one having this same problem. I hav searched the internet for help, contacted the company etc. with no luck. Do you have any suggestions?
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Even if they did, the only way you would find that information would be if you were part of a government department and had a warrant. Sometimes the payphone number is displayed, but they don't accept incoming calls.
If a text was sent from a cellphone by someone standing in a phone box, the same applies. Geo-location can only be obtained by warrant.
The guts of smartphones were made by 2 companies, Elcotel and Protel. Here's a link to the Payphone.com website. Perhaps you can match a picture of the phone and download a set of instructions. http://www.payphone.com/Pay-Phones/
Have you tried erasing all the (incoming) messages on the machine? Does that let it ring the full 4-ring-cycle before it picks up?
It's been years since I owned one of these, but there should be a switch (on the side of the unit?) for a feature called "toll saver" If you find this, switch it off.
The idea was from the days of payphones -- if the machine had no messages, it would ring 4 times before it picks up. If there were messages, it would pick up after one ring (or sometimes two)
If you were out on the town and wanted to check your messages, you'd put your dime in a payphone and call home. If it rang three times, you can hang up the payphone and get your dime back, knowing there's no message to check.
Is this a replica or a real payphone? Will the transmitter cap unscrew?
A couple of things to try, is take out the transmitter, hold it in the palm of your hand (with the holes in your palm) and slap the assembly on a hard surface. That unpacks the carbon granules.
If that doesn't work, it also may be that a relay is operating because it is want is called a Postpay payphone. Try reversing the Tip and Ring (green and red) line connections and test it again.
Finally, a genuine "g" handset transmitter capsule is about $3, making it cost more to ship than buy. Your picture shows a non "armored" handset cord. If that's really the truth, is the handset black and non-modular? And how does it fit into the payphone housling?
I have a bt contour 100 that had the same problem no dial tone and nothing on the screen this is easily fixed by soldering in a new battery or soldering in a battery holder / battery back that takes 3 aaa batteries in place of the old battery you may have to solder two separate wires into the positive side and one wire into the neutral side after the old battery has been removed once you have soldered two wires into the positive thoes two wires need to be connected to the positive side of the battery holder and the other single wire into the neutral side of the battery holder once done correctly when you have inserted 3 AAA batteries and reset the payphone it will start working again bare in mind when you reset the payphone the pin number will go back to its default setting you may have to contact bt payphone help desk to get the default pin if you don't already have it there is a company offering to convert the bt contour payphone to run on regular alkaline batteries which are easily replaced but getting it professionally converted would come at a cost you can easily do it yourself giving some basic knowledge of electrical wiring and some common sense. The payphone runs on a 3v dc lithium battery that costs £9.99 on some sites on the Internet I believe that you can also get it to work on a 3v DC adapter but I have not tested or tried running my payphone on a power adapter as converting it to run on aaa batteries is easier and quicker to replace
You need to dismantle phone and replace Varta CR1/2AA 3Volt lithium battery.
Dismantling is easy enough but you MUST lay out the screws etc so they go back in the right place, particularly the one with the two nylon washers underneath the head.