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How can I make a rotary phone work in my house?

Concern by Molly: How can I make a rotary cellphone work in my home?
I found this awesome rotary telephone at American Science and Surplus (it’s this great retailer near my property they have almost everything), and it has a jack cord and almost everything. I questioned the dude at the shop if it would operate and he stated it should as prolonged as my property does not have Comcast or something like that. We tried plugging it in, failed to operate. We also tried out rewiring it, nonetheless nothing. Is there anything else I could do? I would hate to have to return it, it’s so cool!

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Reply by Roger K
What do you indicate when you say that it does not function? What precisely does not function? We need specifics.

Do you get dial tone or not?
Does it ring if a call comes in to your home?
Can you dial with it?

Know greater? Depart your possess answer in the comments!

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  1. frank

    you must check if you are connected to a pulse sytem phone exchange if it is a modern tone only your old rotary phone will not work

  2. warmfbmf

    How to Make a Rotary Phone Work With Your Phone Jack
    By Tim McMahon, eHow Contributor

    Standard black rotary telephones were all configured the same inside.

    Old rotary-style phones were equipped with a cable that wired directly into a small phone box on the wall. When you purchased your phones from the phone company, they would come out and install them. Later, you were able to purchase a large, four-prong plug that connected into a four-prong outlet. This allowed the phone to be unplugged and moved to a different location in the house. Through miniaturization, the modern modular jack was invented. To make a rotary phone plug into a modular jack, you need to change the cable.
    Difficulty: Easy
    Things You’ll Need:

    * Flat-blade screwdriver
    * Rotary style phone
    * Modular phone wire

    Installing a Modular Plug on a Rotary Phone
    1. Old phone image by Ungor from

    Remove the cover of the rotary phone. Turn the phone upside-down and loosen the two screws holding the cover on. One will be in the middle front and the other in the middle back. The screws should remain in the phone — only loosened from the cover.
    2. An old phone image by Oleksiy Ilyashenko from

    Locate the wire coming into the phone. There should be four wires — red, yellow, black and green — attached to four screws using U-shaped blade connectors. Loosen the four screws and remove the four wires, noting the location of the colors.
    3. Prepare your modular wire. The best type of modular wire is one with a modular jack on one end and four U-shaped blade connectors on the other. But these may be hard to locate. Next best is a thick modular wire that can be stripped.
    4. You may have to cut off one modular jack at the end and strip the wires.
    telephone jacks image by timur1970 from
    You may have to cut off one modular jack at the end and strip the wires.

    Connect the new modular phone wire to the screws. The only wires that are used for normal calls are the red and green wires. Connect the red and green wires to the appropriate screws inside the phone.
    5. Replace the cover on the phone and tighten the screws.

  3. jivepacketrat

    Go to Radio Shack or the Source and purchase a cord with an RJ-11 modular plug at one end and spade tips at the other. The spade tips look like a letter Y.

    From the modular plug there should be a red and a green, or a blue and blue white lead. Connect the red or the blue to the L2 terminal block inside the phone. Connect the green or blue white lead to the L1 terminal block inside the phone. As well take a short piece of wire and connect the L1 terminal to the G terminal block inside the phone.

    The connection between the L1 and the G terminal is to let the bells ring. The connection to the L2 is the power or ring side of the line, and the L1 is the battery return or ground side of the line.