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Re: Openreach?
« Reply #15 on: 11 July 2019, 10:34:08 »

'Twas so much simpler when GPO telephones was a monopoly. We were a cheery bunch who repaired your phone with a smile, in return for tea and biccies. And after lunch (Two pints, fish'n'chips and a game of footie in the local park) we were very laid back.  ;D
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« Reply #16 on: 11 July 2019, 10:46:31 »

I am VC of our Village Hall Trustees, and responsible for Utilities. We recently had 30 from one of our suppliers for a 'failed meter appointment'. An appointment of which we were completely unaware! :y
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Re: Openreach?
« Reply #17 on: 11 July 2019, 11:02:17 »

'Twas so much simpler when GPO telephones was a monopoly. We were a cheery bunch who repaired your phone with a smile, in return for tea and biccies. And after lunch (Two pints, fish'n'chips and a game of footie in the local park) we were very laid back.  ;D

Yes those halcyon days when telephones were such a valued piece of equipment that you had to join a waiting list of anything up to a year to get one installed, and no one else but the GPO were allowed to fit one ;D ;D ;D

I miss those days of exclusivity when my parents couldn't afford a telephone, but instead I had the luxury of walking three roads down to a red telephone box, in pouring rain, to talk to my dad in the Navy.  The smell and warmth of that box, after you had squeezed into for 5 minutes was wonderful, as was watching 'A' then 'B' buttons being pushed. Ah, what lovely memories! 8) 8) :-* :-* ;D
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Re: Openreach?
« Reply #18 on: 11 July 2019, 12:25:58 »

and no one else but the GPO were allowed to fit one ;D ;D ;D
Whats changed?  Not a lot.
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Re: Openreach?
« Reply #19 on: 11 July 2019, 12:35:09 »

and no one else but the GPO were allowed to fit one ;D ;D ;D
Whats changed?  Not a lot.

Ah, you must be too young to remember! :-* :-* :D :D ;)

But, yes things have changed a lot!

You can plug any corded/cordless landline phone into the socket, and unplug / plug as much as you like as you change phones manufactured and sold by different suppliers, instantly purchased from a multitude of outlets.

In the days I was speaking about the phones, corded of course, were always supplied by the GPO and had to be physically wired into their terminal box, after they alone had installed all the internal wiring and gone up a telegraph pole to connect your line.  All that after going on a waiting list and that could be up to a 1 year wait. There was NO competition to the GPO, who, as I understand, were legally the only people authorized to undertake the work. Adding to all that was the most humble people could not afford a telephone, and if you could, your class of people also did not have telephones due to the price.

 Now the speed of the process is totally different, lines/numbers, the telephones and contract can be obtained from others :)

Nowadays we also have mobiles to add to the competition to landlanes! 8) 8) :y :y
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« Reply #20 on: 11 July 2019, 12:38:11 »

and no one else but the GPO were allowed to fit one ;D ;D ;D
Whats changed?  Not a lot.

Ah, you must be too young to remember! :-* :-* :D :D ;)

But, yes things have changed a lot!

You can plug any corded/cordless landline phone into the socket, and unplug / plug as much as you like as you change phones manufactured and sold by different suppliers, instantly purchased from a multitude of outlets.

In the days I was speaking about the phones, corded of course, were always supplied by the GPO and had to be physically wired into their terminal box, after they alone had installed all the internal wiring and gone up a telegraph pole to connect your line.  All that after going on a waiting list and that could be up to a 1 year wait.  Now the speed of the process is totally different, lines/numbers, the telephones and contract can be obtained from others :)

Nowadays we also have mobiles to add to the competition to landlanes! 8) 8) :y :y
I think Jaime is well aware of all that, Lizzie.  ::)
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Re: Openreach?
« Reply #21 on: 11 July 2019, 12:39:17 »

and no one else but the GPO were allowed to fit one ;D ;D ;D
Whats changed?  Not a lot.

Ah, you must be too young to remember! :-* :-* :D :D ;)

But, yes things have changed a lot!

You can plug any corded/cordless landline phone into the socket, and unplug / plug as much as you like as you change phones manufactured and sold by different suppliers, instantly purchased from a multitude of outlets.

In the days I was speaking about the phones, corded of course, were always supplied by the GPO and had to be physically wired into their terminal box, after they alone had installed all the internal wiring and gone up a telegraph pole to connect your line.  All that after going on a waiting list and that could be up to a 1 year wait.  Now the speed of the process is totally different, lines/numbers, the telephones and contract can be obtained from others :)

Nowadays we also have mobiles to add to the competition to landlanes! 8) 8) :y :y
But the "GPO" still have to fit the lines ;)


And yes, I remember the Plan 1A's, or if you were proper posh, the Plan 4's, which were the first plug and socket phones in the UK. And Plan 105/107 for small businesses, and the HES stuff for homes needing a mini switchboard.
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Re: Openreach?
« Reply #22 on: 11 July 2019, 12:40:55 »

and no one else but the GPO were allowed to fit one ;D ;D ;D
Whats changed?  Not a lot.

Ah, you must be too young to remember! :-* :-* :D :D ;)

But, yes things have changed a lot!

You can plug any corded/cordless landline phone into the socket, and unplug / plug as much as you like as you change phones manufactured and sold by different suppliers, instantly purchased from a multitude of outlets.

In the days I was speaking about the phones, corded of course, were always supplied by the GPO and had to be physically wired into their terminal box, after they alone had installed all the internal wiring and gone up a telegraph pole to connect your line.  All that after going on a waiting list and that could be up to a 1 year wait.  Now the speed of the process is totally different, lines/numbers, the telephones and contract can be obtained from others :)

Nowadays we also have mobiles to add to the competition to landlanes! 8) 8) :y :y
I think Jaime is well aware of all that, Lizzie.  ::)

Why did he say then that not a lot has changed? ::) ::) :D :D
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« Reply #23 on: 11 July 2019, 12:44:37 »

and no one else but the GPO were allowed to fit one ;D ;D ;D
Whats changed?  Not a lot.

Ah, you must be too young to remember! :-* :-* :D :D ;)

But, yes things have changed a lot!

You can plug any corded/cordless landline phone into the socket, and unplug / plug as much as you like as you change phones manufactured and sold by different suppliers, instantly purchased from a multitude of outlets.

In the days I was speaking about the phones, corded of course, were always supplied by the GPO and had to be physically wired into their terminal box, after they alone had installed all the internal wiring and gone up a telegraph pole to connect your line.  All that after going on a waiting list and that could be up to a 1 year wait.  Now the speed of the process is totally different, lines/numbers, the telephones and contract can be obtained from others :)

Nowadays we also have mobiles to add to the competition to landlanes! 8) 8) :y :y
But the "GPO" still have to fit the lines ;)


And yes, I remember the Plan 1A's, or if you were proper posh, the Plan 4's, which were the first plug and socket phones in the UK. And Plan 105/107 for small businesses, and the HES stuff for homes needing a mini switchboard.

But what about all the cables that were dug into the pavements by the cable television companies in the 1980's, and subsequently taken over by the new telecommunication 'package' outfits like Virgin, that use them for their telephone services?

Are they maintained by Open Reach / BT as around our way it is Virgin vans that come around to fix telephone line faults? ;)
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« Reply #24 on: 11 July 2019, 12:45:43 »

and no one else but the GPO were allowed to fit one ;D ;D ;D
Whats changed?  Not a lot.

Ah, you must be too young to remember! :-* :-* :D :D ;)

But, yes things have changed a lot!

You can plug any corded/cordless landline phone into the socket, and unplug / plug as much as you like as you change phones manufactured and sold by different suppliers, instantly purchased from a multitude of outlets.

In the days I was speaking about the phones, corded of course, were always supplied by the GPO and had to be physically wired into their terminal box, after they alone had installed all the internal wiring and gone up a telegraph pole to connect your line.  All that after going on a waiting list and that could be up to a 1 year wait.  Now the speed of the process is totally different, lines/numbers, the telephones and contract can be obtained from others :)

Nowadays we also have mobiles to add to the competition to landlanes! 8) 8) :y :y
I think Jaime is well aware of all that, Lizzie.  ::)

Why did he say then that not a lot has changed? ::) ::) :D :D
Lizzie.....I was a telephone engineer........and Jaime started life that way, too, before progressing to being able to talk about really complicated stuff.  ;D
Oh, I'd better not let GPO hear me saying that.....I was a telecommunications technician.  ;D
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Re: Openreach?
« Reply #25 on: 11 July 2019, 12:47:09 »

 ;D

I think you'll find that TB has worked for the GPO/BT/Openreach either directly or indirectly since leaving school, so near enough 35 years...
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« Reply #26 on: 11 July 2019, 12:50:18 »

I think you'll find that Virgin media grew from the likes of Telewest and the like who operated local cable TV networks and expanded into telephone services when BT got 'privatised'  ;)
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« Reply #27 on: 11 July 2019, 12:51:31 »

;D

I think you'll find that TB has worked for the GPO/BT/Openreach either directly or indirectly since leaving school, so near enough 35 years...

A youngster then! ;D ;D ;D

He cannot possibly remember the 1950's and early 1960's, can he? ::) ::) :D :D ;)
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« Reply #28 on: 11 July 2019, 12:52:13 »

;D

I think you'll find that TB has worked for the GPO/BT/Openreach either directly or indirectly since leaving school, so near enough 35 years...

A youngster then! ;D ;D ;D

He cannot possibly remember the 1950's and early 1960's, can he? ::) ::) :D :D ;)
No, Lizzie, they belong to you.  ;D
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« Reply #29 on: 11 July 2019, 12:53:21 »

I think you'll find that Virgin media grew from the likes of Telewest and the like who operated local cable TV networks and expanded into telephone services when BT got 'privatised'  ;)

Exactly right, and as we lived in Bristol at the time we suffered from pavements being dug up everywhere by Telewest.  BT nor Open Reach were not the contractors who did that work ;)
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