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Subject: When did cordless landlines start becoming mainstream?

Written By: 90s Guy on 03/22/15 at 6:34 pm

Was watching Scream (1996) and the main character was using a cordless landline phone. But I remember at least in my house (and those I knew as well, even more well off people) having landline phones with cords as late as '97, '98.

When did cordless landline phones become a mainstream thing which pretty much everyone had--around what year in the '90s?

Subject: Re: When did cordless landlines start becoming mainstream?

Written By: gibbo on 03/22/15 at 10:18 pm

They were used in WWI and WWII ... oh wait ... those were cordless land mines!  ::)

Subject: Re: When did cordless landlines start becoming mainstream?

Written By: yelimsexa on 03/23/15 at 7:50 am

Around 1983-84 or so. This article from 1984 explains how many electronics/department retailers were selling cordless phones for under $50, very affordable at the time:

https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1291&dat=19840325&id=R1pUAAAAIBAJ&sjid=towDAAAAIBAJ&pg=4612,8872396&hl=ennt stores

Answering machines also became popular around this time. IMO despite the presence of corded landlines (and even some rotary dials), I think of corded push-button phones as a '70s thing. I picture the '80s as a mix of corded touchtone, cordless, and a few rotary holdouts. When I think of '90s phones, I think of speakerphones, early caller ID, and moderately large, monochrome cellular phones (as we called it back then), with the corded phones being holdouts. That said, my current house did install a new phone in 2008 that did have a cord, so in essence there are still some around.

Subject: Re: When did cordless landlines start becoming mainstream?

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/23/15 at 7:53 am

"The first cordless phones were actually created in 1965, but it could be said that the technology might have been developed earlier if the laws in the US were different."

http://www.visionlaunch.com/when-were-cordless-phones-invented/

Subject: Re: When did cordless landlines start becoming mainstream?

Written By: Catherine91UK on 03/23/15 at 3:30 pm

We didn't have a cordless phone until 2006!

Subject: Re: When did cordless landlines start becoming mainstream?

Written By: 90s Guy on 03/23/15 at 9:43 pm


Around 1983-84 or so. This article from 1984 explains how many electronics/department retailers were selling cordless phones for under $50, very affordable at the time:

https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1291&dat=19840325&id=R1pUAAAAIBAJ&sjid=towDAAAAIBAJ&pg=4612,8872396&hl=ennt stores

Answering machines also became popular around this time. IMO despite the presence of corded landlines (and even some rotary dials), I think of corded push-button phones as a '70s thing. I picture the '80s as a mix of corded touchtone, cordless, and a few rotary holdouts. When I think of '90s phones, I think of speakerphones, early caller ID, and moderately large, monochrome cellular phones (as we called it back then), with the corded phones being holdouts. That said, my current house did install a new phone in 2008 that did have a cord, so in essence there are still some around.


See, we had answering machines (albeit we had the kind that you needed to put a microcassette tape in to record your voicemail, which accidentally resulted in some phone conversations being taped recorded back in '92). But even looking through old pictures, we didn't have a cordless phone until at least '97. We had touchtone phones, never a rotary phone though. My grandmother did, though, in her kitchen all the way up until the early '00s. Probably the same phone that was in the house when she bought it back in '61.

I don't remember my parents having cell phones until around '98. They had pagers before that

We

Subject: Re: When did cordless landlines start becoming mainstream?

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/24/15 at 1:58 am


We didn't have a cordless phone until 2006!
We still have ours stowed in a cupboard.

Subject: Re: When did cordless landlines start becoming mainstream?

Written By: mach!ne_he@d on 03/29/15 at 3:12 pm


See, we had answering machines (albeit we had the kind that you needed to put a microcassette tape in to record your voicemail, which accidentally resulted in some phone conversations being taped recorded back in '92). But even looking through old pictures, we didn't have a cordless phone until at least '97. We had touchtone phones, never a rotary phone though. My grandmother did, though, in her kitchen all the way up until the early '00s. Probably the same phone that was in the house when she bought it back in '61.

I don't remember my parents having cell phones until around '98. They had pagers before that

We


This is pretty similar to us. My parents got their first answering machine around 1993, their first caller-ID in 1995, and their first cordless phone in 1996. My grandparents got finally got a cordless phone in 1999.

My mother also got her first cell phone around 1998, but I didn't get one for myself until 2005.

Subject: Re: When did cordless landlines start becoming mainstream?

Written By: Howard on 03/30/15 at 1:44 pm

My mother also got her first cell phone around 1998, but I didn't get one for myself until 2005.

I didn't get one till 2000.

Subject: Re: When did cordless landlines start becoming mainstream?

Written By: KatanaChick on 04/01/15 at 1:55 am

Because at my house we were always tardy to the party on new things, we had rotary still in the earliest of the 90's... :-[ Shameful isn't it?

Subject: Re: When did cordless landlines start becoming mainstream?

Written By: Inlandsvägen1986 on 04/01/15 at 3:05 am

We got our first cordless phone in 1995. Before that, we had an old phone which we had to rent from the post office. Caller ID was available in Germany around 1998. That's the year we got that, too. Our answering machines were always digital.

Subject: Re: When did cordless landlines start becoming mainstream?

Written By: KatanaChick on 04/01/15 at 5:02 am


We got our first cordless phone in 1995. Before that, we had an old phone which we had to rent from the post office. Caller ID was available in Germany around 1998. That's the year we got that, too. Our answering machines were always digital.

I've never heard of renting a phone. Why did you have to rent yours?

Subject: Re: When did cordless landlines start becoming mainstream?

Written By: Inlandsvägen1986 on 04/01/15 at 6:21 am


I've never heard of renting a phone. Why did you have to rent yours?


Our national telephone provider was part of the national government post office until 1995. It was privatized on January 1st, 1995 and after that date, everybody was allowed to buy a telephone from any company. But until late 1994, you had to rent one from the post office. Telephone and internet issues were highy regulated until that time.

Subject: Re: When did cordless landlines start becoming mainstream?

Written By: Howard on 04/01/15 at 2:01 pm


Because at my house we were always tardy to the party on new things, we had rotary still in the earliest of the 90's... :-[ Shameful isn't it?


I don't think it's shameful.

Subject: Re: When did cordless landlines start becoming mainstream?

Written By: karen on 04/10/15 at 5:39 am


I've never heard of renting a phone. Why did you have to rent yours?



Our national telephone provider was part of the national government post office until 1995. It was privatized on January 1st, 1995 and after that date, everybody was allowed to buy a telephone from any company. But until late 1994, you had to rent one from the post office. Telephone and internet issues were highy regulated until that time.


That was standard in the UK as well.  I don't recall when it was privatised, though it must have been sometime earlier than this as my boyfriend (now husband) bought his own landline phone for his house in 1990.

We bought cordless phones for the house we moved into in 1997, but they were probably around a little before that.

Subject: Re: When did cordless landlines start becoming mainstream?

Written By: Inlandsvägen1986 on 04/10/15 at 6:58 am

I have to add something:

I am pretty sure you could also buy phones in Germany, but you had to order it via the post office. Renting was an alternate way to get a phone.

That's how ours looked like:

http://i.ebayimg.com/t/Post-FeTAp-751-Telefon-Klassiker-weinrot-Telekom-Tasten-rot-TAE-Stecker-/00/s/MTMzMlgxNjAw/z/X3AAAOxy3cJTjYDc/%24_35.JPG

It was also available with a rotary dial which was cheaper, but we always had buttons. I think, the first phone I remember was from the early 80s, because that's when our house was built.

Subject: Re: When did cordless landlines start becoming mainstream?

Written By: Howard on 04/10/15 at 7:08 am

I am pretty sure you could also buy phones in Germany, but you had to order it via the post office. Renting was an alternate way to get a phone.

Why did you order it from the post office? ???

Subject: Re: When did cordless landlines start becoming mainstream?

Written By: Inlandsvägen1986 on 04/10/15 at 7:10 am


Why did you order it from the post office? ???


Because the government had the monopole on phone related stuff.

Subject: Re: When did cordless landlines start becoming mainstream?

Written By: Elor on 04/10/15 at 8:39 am


http://i.ebayimg.com/t/Post-FeTAp-751-Telefon-Klassiker-weinrot-Telekom-Tasten-rot-TAE-Stecker-/00/s/MTMzMlgxNjAw/z/X3AAAOxy3cJTjYDc/%24_35.JPG

We've had the same model just different color.

I think we got our first cordless in the mid 90ies.

Subject: Re: When did cordless landlines start becoming mainstream?

Written By: 90s Guy on 04/11/15 at 1:30 pm

Our main landline, 1995:
http://s14.postimg.org/dvx8es6r5/ryanpics3_2.jpg

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