GTE / Automatic Electric Telephones
Here are some example pictures and technical descriptions of GTE / Automatic Electric Pay Phones that are still commonly found in the USA and Canada.
This is an example of a model 120B GTE / Automatic Electric "Fortress" pay phone. It is similar in design in many respects to the Western Electric/ Lucent Fortress pay phone. Click on the picture to the left for a close-up of the phone.
Production on this phone started in the 1970s by AE and was later
maintained by AE's successor, AG Communications (joint venture of AT&T and
GTE - now part of Lucent). These phones are no longer being manufactured. I do not
know if Lucent is
performing any maintenance on these or not.
Notice the coin slot and coin return slots are on the right instead of on the left as on the Western Electric / Lucent Fortress. Most of these pay phones are Central Office controlled (including ACTS compatibility).
However some modern versions are either made from the factory to be COCOTs or have been modified to be a COCOT. This is an example of a COCOT in a GTE / Automatic Electric housing.
Three different versions of Touch-Tone
Source: Left and Center - Holiday Inn - Victoria, BC Canada
(BC Tel, now TELUS)
There were both rotary dial and Touch-Tone versions of these phones. Touch-Tone
keypads have several versions depending on the vintage of the phone. Older
phones have recessed rectangular metal keys (left and center pictures). Newer ones are regular square
keys and made of metal. I've seen a few with white square plastic keys.