Telephone Related Links
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telecommunications related websites. Included are telephone
companies, telecom equipment manufacturers and distributors, and
links to websites that are similar to Telephone World
Other Telephone Enthusiast & Resource Websites
A list of other telephone enthusiast &
resource websites similar to Telephone World:
Bell System Memorial
- Website created as a
memorial to the people, history, technology and the "Spirit of
Service" of what was known as the "Bell System" prior to 1984.
Originally by David Massey, now operated by Ben Jackson.
LincMad Telephone Area Codes & Splits
- This site is probably the best site detailing NPA (Area Code) splits
and overlays. Includes many Area Code maps (past and present) as well
as other information. Operated by Linc Madison.
Local Calling Guide
- Great website to help you determine local calling areas for any
given prefix or ratecenter. Operated by Ray Chow of Ontario, Canada.
- Tom Farley's website of many writings and articles for telephones,
the telephone system, and cellular phones. Also has a very detailed
history about the telephone.
Prefix Locator - Great website on finding locations if you
know the area code and prefix of a phone number.
Telebeans - Telecom
stuff for the Mid-Atlantic. Central office pictures, long distance
company building pictures, microwave towers and more. Founded by the
late Parris Wood.
- The TELECOM Digest and Archives, along with its associated Internet
USENET newsgroup comp.dcom.telecom
is a moderated discussion on the telephone and related topics. This
digest is moderated by Pat Townson.
Telephone Central Offices
- Pictures of telephone central office buildings from all across
the US (and a few from Canada). Operated by Jon Jamieson.
Telephone Tribute - An
all-inclusive telephone tribute site. Created by David Massey, now
operated by Bob & Sheri Stritof.
Telephone Numbering Guide -
Dave Leibold's site with information on country codes and country
specific dialing instructions.
Telephone Sound Websites
Trips - The original and still one of the best telephone sound
web pages. Narrated telephone recordings by Mark Bernay and Evan
Doorbell. Includes submissions by others as well.
This Is a Recording
- A website with a large number of telephone sound recordings. Web
site operated by Jennifer Martino.
Tribute to the Telephone - The "Signal and Circuit Conditions
USA and Canadian Telephone Systems" page of a very large website
devoted to the Telephone. Lots of old telephone sounds from some very
Antique Telephone Collectors
Association - The Antique Telephone Collectors Association,
or ATCA, is the largest telephone collectors organization in the
world. Chartered in 1971 as a non-profit corporation by the state of
Kansas, its over 1500 active members are located throughout the
United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia.
Telephone Collectors International -
Telephone Collectors International is an organization of telephone
collectors, hobbyists and historians who are helping to preserve the
history of the telecommunications industry through the collection of
telephones and telephone related material.
Antique Telephone History Website
- If you want a complete
history of old (and I mean really OLD telephones), this is the
place to go! Everything you wanted to know (and more) but were
afraid to ask!
To The Telephone - Files and Photos
- Photographs and
descriptions of old telephones and telephone equipment.
Budnick's Cavalcade of Phones
- Photographs and
descriptions of old telephones - Western Electric, Automatic
Electric, Stromberg-Carlson, and more!
Telephhones as Entertainment
- Photographs, newspaper
clippings and more! Specializing on listing every single model
number for every phone created! Also has wonderful picture history
on prototypes. Automatic Electric & Western Electric and more!
History Resources & Museums
Telephone History - Information about the origin and history
of telephone service in Atlanta, Georgia.
Museum - Information about the history of telephone service in
Museum of Communications
- A museum of vintage telephone equipment (Step-by-Step, crossbar,
etc) located in Seattle, Washington. Formerly known as the Vintage
Telephone Equipment Museum.
Rob Grant's Telephone Pages
- Rob Grant has a good page on British telephone system history.
The Strowger Telecomms Page
- A site devoted to the history of British Step by Step (Strowger)
equipment and sounds.
Exchange Names - Find out what could have been the telephone
exchange name for your telephone prefix. (Example: 373 in
Fredericksburg, VA was ESsex-3. Also lists Ma Bell's recommended
Telephone History Preservation Organizations
(formerly known as the Telephone Pioneers of America) -
TelecomPioneers is the largest industry-related volunteer organization
in the world, with chapters located throughout the United States,
Canada and Mexico. Founded in 1911, TelecomPioneers, formerly known as
the Telephone Pioneers of America, is comprised of nearly 750,000
current and retired telecommunications employees who have joined
together to make their communities better places in which to live and
Pay Telephone Enthusiast Websites
The Mojave Phone Booth Site
- A website dedicated to what was probably the most remotely located
pay phone in the continental US. This pay phone was located in the
middle of the Mojave desert in California. The neat thing about this
pay phone is that if you called it, more than likely someone would
answer it! Unfortunately, the National Park Service didn't like all
the attention it was getting and had it removed in 2000. The number of the pay
phone was (760) 733-9969.
Pay Phone Directory
- The original pay telephone directory, operated by El Jefe. News and
information about pay telephones, including Customer Owned Pay
Telephones (COCOTs). Also has many recordings from telephone switching
The Payphone Project
- User-contributed listings of pay telephones throughout the US,
Canada and parts of the rest of the world. Also includes some
information, photographs, and funny stories related so some of these
phones. An excellent site operted by Mark A. Thomas.
Telephone Tribute -
Pay Phones & Phone Booths
A great telephone tribute website - this page
devoted to the pay phone. Developed by David Massey, it is now maintained
by Bob and Sheri Stritof.
COCOT Pay Phone Providers
Protel - Protel provides
innovative payphone solutions--pay telephone equipment, retrofit kits,
payphone parts, software--to telecom companies worldwide. Founded in
1983, Protel is North Americašs leading manufacturer of smart public
pay telephones, with payphones installed in more than 60 countries.
QuorTech - Current owners of the Millenium pay phone (formerly
made by Nortel) and the Western Electric "Fortress" pay phone (formerly made by Western
Electric & Lucent). QuorTech also includes the former Elcotel COCOT
Telephone Resource Management Companies
Telcordia - Originally Bellcore, a joint ventured company
originally owned by the seven RBOCs when AT&T split up in 1984. Now an
independent company that still provides telephone numbering and
related research. The Traffic Routing
Administration division assigns and issues new telephone prefixes
within the US.
North American Numbering Plan Administration
- The North American Numbering Plan Administration (NANPA) has been
turned over to a third-party private industry (NeuStar). NANPA's job
is to handle numbering administration for the USA, Canada, most
Carribean islands, and some Pacific islands (Guam and Northern
NeuStar Number Pool
Administration - NeuStar's website that is devoted to
"thousand block pooling" of telephone prefixes. Included are reports
that you can run to find out what prefixes have thousand block pooling
and what carriers are assigned to each prefix thousands block.
Telephone Switch Companies
Formed in December 2006 from the merger of Alcatel (France) and
Lucent Technologies (USA). Lucent is also home of Bell Labs, the
research and development arm of Lucent & former Western Electric.
Ericsson - Based in Sweden, makers of computer and telephone
switch network products, focusing on the wireless market.
Nortel Networks -
Based in Canada. Nortel (Northern Telecom) is a manufacturer of
computer and telephone switching systems.
DCO - The line of "Digital
Central Office" switches. Inveted by the former Stromberg-Carlson
company of the USA in the early 1980s. It was later sold to Siemens of
Germany. In 2006, this division was sold to GENBAND. It is no
longer being made.
EWSD - Invented
in 1985 by Siemens of Germany. The EWSD switch is a medium
to high capacity digital switch. In 2007, Nokia Corporation and
Siemens AG formed the new company Nokia Siemens Networks, and
responsibility of further development and shipments of the EWSD system
is dependent on this new company.
On-line Telephone Directory Websites
AnyWho - Find a number
for a person or business - anywhere in the USA. Helpful when you only
know part of a name. Also has a reverse number lookup. This website is
operated by AT&T.
DA Plus - This site lets
you search for residences or busineses by telephone number and also by
Switchboard - Very
good online telephone directory. A subsidiary of Idearc Media (the
spinoff of Verizon's phone book division).
SuperPages - The
on-line directory operated by Idearc Media (formerly by Verizon).
WhitePages.Com - The
on-line directory operated by White Pages, Inc.
YellowPages.Com - The
on-line business pages of at&t.
Large Local Telephone Companies - USA
A list of local phone companies that
serve a significant area and customer base. Primarily what is left of
the Regional Bell companies (RBOCs) and the larger independents.
- The local arm of "at&t", formerly SBC Communications.
The new at&t now contains the former "Baby Bells" (RBOCs or Regional
Bell Operating Companies) including SBC (Southwestern Bell),
Ameritech, Pacific Telesis and
BellSouth. Also includes the former Southern New England
CenturyLink - An independent telephone company serving
primarily rural areas in portions of 22 states. Merged with Embarq
(former Sprint/United/Centel) in 2009.
Cincinnati Bell - An
RBOC that covers the Cincinnati metro area.
Consolidated Communications - A
medium sized independent communications company based in Illinois
serving customers in Illinois, Texas and Pennsylvnia. Includes the
former North Pittsburgh Telephone
Company of Gibsonia, PA.
Fairpoint Communications - An independent communications
provider serving 32 markets in 18 states. Fairpoint was formed by
buying a number of small independent telephone companies throughout
the United States. In 2008, Fairpoint purchased the rural telephone
holdings of Verizon in the New England states formerly controlled by
- A telecommunications-focused company providing wireline
communications services in rural areas and small and medium-sized
towns and cities. Formerly known as Rochester Telephone, it was merged
and changed to Frontier. It later merged with Citizens Telephone.
Later, Citizens took the name of Fronitier. Also includes the
former Commonwealth Telephone Company of northeastern Pennsylvania.
Will soon include areas that Verizon will be selling off in 2010
(some former GTE areas and all of VZ territory in West Virginia).
- The local arm of Qwest (formerly the RBOC US West) that serves a
number of Western states.
TDS Telecom - Medium
sized communications provider (a wholly owned subsidiary of
Telephone and Data Systems) that provides service to primarily rural
areas. Has purchased a number of small independent telcos in recent
- Verizon is the merger of Bell Atlantic and GTE in 2000. Bell
Atlantic contained for former NYNEX RBOC, while GTE contained the
fomer Contel phone company.
- Created in 2006 with the merger of Alltel's landline division and
Valor Telecommunications (itself created in 1999 with spun off GTE
areas due to its merger with Verizon).
Large Local Telephone Companies -
A list of local phone
companies that serve a significant area and customer base.
Bell Aliant - The Maritime side
of Bell Canada. Serves New Brunswick,
Newfoundland & Laborador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.
- The Ontario/Quebec side of Bell Canada. Primarily serves Ontario and Quebec, but also serves parts of
British Columbia and Alberta.
- Manitoba Telecom Services - serves Manitoba. Formed in 2004
with the merger of MTS and Allstream (formerly AT&T Canada).
Northwestel - Serves portions
of British Columbia, Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
Telus - Serves British
Columbia and Alberta. Formed from the merger of BC Telephone and
Major IXC (Inter-Exchange)
Carriers - USA
at&t - The "long lines" (long distance) arm of the
former American Telephone & Telegraph Company. Formed from a merger
of AT&T and SBC.
MCI - The first competition to
AT&T. Originally known as Microwave Communications, Inc. Merged with
Worldcom in the late 1990s. Dropped the Worldcom part of their name
after their bankruptcy in the early 2000s, now the long distance arm
of Verizon Business.
The long distance arm Qwest. Includes the former LCI
Long Distance Company. Also is the RBOC local provider in 14 western
The long distance arm of Sprint-Nextel. Originally was
called Southern Pacific Railroad Internal Telecommunications when it
formed in 1970. United Telephone and GTE purchsed SPRINT and ran the
company as GTE Sprint in the 1980s. United Telephone bought out GTE's
interest and changed their corporate name to Sprint in the early
Major Wireless Companies - USA
at&t Mobility - Provides
GSM wireless voice and data services in many areas nationwide.
Formerly known as Cingular Wireless before BellSouth and SBC's
"at&t" merged in January 2007. Cingular was formed from the former
SBC's Cellular One and the former AT&T Wireless in October 2004.
Merged with Dobson Communications (formerly Cellular One) in
November 2007 and Centennial Wireless in 2009.
Bluegrass Cellular -
Regional CDMA voice and data carrier. Services in Kentucky.
Cellular South -
Regional CDMA voice and data carrier. Home coverage is in Memphis,
TN and Mississippi through Coastal Alabama to Destin, Florida.
Cricket Communications -
Regional CDMA voice and data carrier.
Metro PCS - Regional CDMA
voice and data carrier.
Sprint - Provides CDMA
voice and data services in many areas
nationwide. which was formed as Fleet
Call, Inc. in 1987. The business
wireless side of Sprint (formerly Nextel) provides cellular-like technology in the
SMR (Specialized Mobile Radio) band. Nextel exclusively uses
Motorola's iDEN digital TDMA style PCS technology.
T-Mobile - Provides GSM
services in more populated areas of the US. Owned
by Deutsche Telekom of Germany. Formerly known as Voicestream.
US Cellular - Provides CDMA services in a number of rural areas nationwide.
Verizon Wireless - The
wireless division of Verizon, provides analog and CDMA services in
many areas nationwide. Formed from the former Bell Atlantic/NYNEX
mobile, GTE Wireless, PCS Primeco, Airtouch and other smaller wireless
and PCS companies. Merged with Alltel in 2009.
Small Independent Local Telephone
Companies - USA
Winnebago Cooperative Telecom Association
- Lake Mills, IA
New Ulm Telecom -
New Ulm, MN
Ringgold Telephone - Ringgold, GA
Pineland Telephone Cooperative
- Pineland, GA
Wetaskiwin Telephone Company -
Wetaskiwin, AB Canada
Park Region Mutual Telephone Company
- Fergus Falls, MN
Kalona Cooperative Telephone Company
- Kalona, IA
COLONTEL (Colton Telephone Company) -
Alma Telephone Co - Alma,
Southern Montana Telephone -
Southern Kansas Telephone Co -
Duo County Telephone Co -
Drenthe Telephone - Drenthe, MI
Allendale Telephone - Allendale,
Brandenburg Telephone Co -
Silver Star Communications
(Silver Star Telephone Co) - Freedom, WY
Ma-Central (Marquette Adams
Telephone Cooperative) - Oxford, WI
Choctaw Telephone Co -
Whidbey Telecom (Whidbey
Telephone Co) - Coupeville, WA
CC Communications (Churchill
County Telephone Co) - Fallon, NV
Nicholville Telephone Co -
Pembroke Telephone Co -
Ridgeville Telephone Co
- Ridgevile, OH
New Paris Telephone
- New Paris, IN
Palmerton Telephone Company -
Lemonweir Valley Telephone
Company - Camp Douglas, WI
Monitor Cooperative Telephone
- Woodburn, OR
Ganado Telephone Co - Gando, TX
Lakedale Telephone Company
- Annandale, MN
Middleburgh Telephone Co -
Ellijay Telephone Co -
Solarus (formerly Wood County Telephone) - Wisconsin
Broadband - Missouri
Broadband - Nebraska - Blair, NE
TelAlaska - Seward, Nome and Unalaska, AK
Comporium Communications -
Rock Hill, SC
Citizens Telephone Co - Mammoth,
Scio Mutual Telephone -
Rye Telephone Co - Rye, CO
Farmers Telephone Co. Inc.
- Pleasant View, CO
Telephone Co. - Beulah, CO
Waldron Telephone Co -
(Dunkirk and Fredonia Telephone) - Fredonia, NY
Alaska Power & Telephone
Wamego Telephone Co - Wamego,
Mt. Horab Telephone Co - Mt.
Telephone Co - Brooklyn, IA
Scott Telephone Co - Eldridge, IA
Citizens Mutual Telephone Co -
Co - Colo, IA
Telephone Co - Victor, IA (no URL)
Telephone Co - Ellsworth, IA
Farmers Telephone of
Batavia IA - Batavia, IA
Telephone of Essex IA - Essex, IA
Communications - Nora Springs, IA
Telephone Company - Stanton, IA
Mutual Telephone - Leon, IA
Heart of Iowa Communications
- Union, IA
Interstate Communications - Truro, IA
(West Liberty Telephone)
- West Liberty, IA
Marne & Elk Horn Telephone
- Elk Horn, IA
Mutual Telephone - Montezuma, IA
Premier Communications (Mutual Telephone Co)
- Sioux Center, IA
Telephone Cooperative - Havelock, IA
Telephone Co - Olin, IA
Oran Telephone Co
- Oran, IA
Readlyn Telephone Co
- Readlyn, IA
Telephone Co - Scranton, IA
Coop Telephone - North Liberty, IA
Co-operative Telephone - Springville, IA
Sully Telephone Association
- Sully, IA
Van Buren Telephone Co -
Van Buren, IA
Walnut Communications (Walnut Telephone Co.) - Walnut,
Wellman Telephone Co
- Wellman, IA
Westel Systems (West Iowa
Telephone Co.) - Remsen, IA
Telephone Co - Lawton, IA
WTC Communications (Wilton
Telephone Co.) - Wilton, IA
Mutual Telephone - Woolstock, IA
Telephone - Phillips, WI
Molalla Telephone Co - Molalla,
Smithville Telephone Co
- Ellettsville, IN
Northern Arkansas Telephone -
Monroe Telephone Co - Monroe,
Hillsboro Telephone Co -
Vernon Telephone Cooperative -
La Valle Telephone
Cooperative - LaValle, WI
Cooperative Telephone - Cochrane, WI
Coon Valley Farmers Telephone
- Coon Valley, WI
Cooperative, Inc. - Blue River, WI
Laurel Highland Total Communications - Indian Head, PA
ElPasoTel (El Paso County Telephone) - (near) Colorado Springs, CO
D&P Communications (Deerfield Farmers Telephone) - Petersburg, MI
Blue Valley Communications - Home, KS
Tri-County Telecommunications Co-Op - Strum, WI
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