Today, lets go through the PBX and office telephones from the AT&T Sourcebook catalog from 1988
In this video, I show my latest eBay finds of old Dimension PBX and Bell System Practices on the Dataphone from 1983! Enjoy!
This installment features more of AT&T’s digital telephony features for the small business setups in 1987/88. The first half of the catalog is just dedicated for the enterprise phone systems.
The Merlin systems were basically from the beginning designed to be a workgroup phone system to compare it to the computer networking world. While the Merlin phones look so big business, and in some cases they were. Small Key units like the Merlin were installed in large environments against existing Centrex and electromechanical or analog/digital PBX systems. Because those systems already had 8 or 9 for the outside line, this would be redundant and therefore the Merlin did not have this feature. For small setups it was easy to pick up the phone and make a call. However this one and succeeding phone systems, many central offices would get quick off/on hook statuses because the users would be making an internal call. One trick was to hit the Intercom on hook then pick up the set.
Last week, I got a nice steal on eBay, a Spring 1988, AT&T Sourcebook. This was once a catalog that you could get and theroretically a nobody could acquire an AT&T phone system. This was the companion sales channel to nobodies to the AT&T Phone Center Store.
This was a surprise. I thought it would be a small little thing, turns out it’s a full catalog. For the next few days, I’ll post reasonable sized images of the catalog. And in the future pictures in this catalog will be used in other subjects involving Avaya Red systems of the time.
$8 for this thing!
Of course the inset cover page is touting the AT&T Merlin product.
Per to the YouTube description of Martin Askinazi
Robin and the Vectors was a group that started in the mid 90’s at AT&T. We created song parodies about the call center products developed by AT&T/Lucent Technologies/Avaya and created these videos to present and the User Group each year. The band consisted of Robin DeLorenzo (lead singer), Marty Askinazi (Guitar/Vocals/Producer), Zack Taylor (Lyrics), Walter Bier (Sax) and Alex Fattorusso (Bass)
If you couldn’t tell by the name of the c-rated band, this was most likely a marketing ploy for their call center offerings. This was the time in the mid 1990s when AT&T and Lucent was behind in the lucrative market of call centers. The Definity PBX had out of the box support for call centers in enterprise accounts; and it wasn’t too long after they dominated (for all the right reasons!)
This video is a series of several posts.
I have had a long-standing policy for not discussing my family on any of my network of blogs and portals. I respect my family’s privacy and any named individual is typically off limits.
Rules are waved in this situation.
AT&T (nee SBC, nee Southwestern Bell) dropped a story Friday evening while some of the East Coast was disrupted by the DDOS attack that they had intentions to acquire Time Warner, the owner of CNN (the Cheap News Network), HBO, Warner Pictures, etc. for about $85 billion dollars.
Of course, this is subject to approval by the Federal Communications Commission, and similar to the NBCUniversal/Comcast acquisition from GE in 2010; expect concessions and terms of sale to also follow.
This deal however, does not include Time Warner Cable (historically branded for it’s Road Runner triple play services) which was spun off several years ago, but kept the name and the “sight and sound” logo.