POTD: Teldex Hallway phone, TRYP – Manhattan

I have been to many hotels, but this place and the Mirage is the only two I’ve been to where I have seen sets in the hallway. Of course this isn’t a VOIP set.


POTD: Urban Outfitters – West 34th Street

Being the Avaya Red fanboy that I am, I am always happy to see any phones from the legacy AT&T/Bell System days. As I have stated before, this vendor had 90%+ of the Fortune 500 and then lost it entirely with a company with legacy roots that was 125 years old.

Taken in October of 2017, I am unable to tell what set this is, it could be a 1416 or a 1616. The second digit model numbers  what type of signaling it does to make them ether be a “telephone” or a “terminal”. Please read the section on “voice terminals” to remind yourself why your desk phone is not actually that…

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POTD: Tick Tock Diner, Midtown Manhattan, NY

If you ever visit the West Side of Manhattan, and you like an awesome breakfast, go to the Tick Tock Diner, underneath the New Yorker on Eighth Ave between West 34th and 35th streets. Or should I say the iconic Art-Deco, classic mid 20th Century style of the Wyndham owned hotel? Anyways, I had a Smore French Toast.  Something along those lines…

Enough with food porn on The Museum, but you wanted to see their phones right?

Left looks like the one for the diner, a NEC set for their Electra line, and a Mitel 5330E VOIP set with a backlit display and perhaps a Gigabit Ethernet connection! This is probably used for the hotel communications, and for the use of room service. I can say Mitel is used at these clusters of hotels, because I stayed in TRYP, and I saw my phones on the front desk…


POTD: B&H Store, New York City

I’ve received many B&H catalogs ether as hand me downs, and runins with people on the West Coast, or in the mailings these days, but I never made it there till October. I’m familiar with J&R in the Lower Manhattan area though.

Located on the West Side of Manhattan, just a couple blocks away from the Garment District (the off Fifth Ave stores that go from West 34th & 5th to 35th and 8th. I made the visit since it was on the way to the Javits Center, for that fluke of an East Coast NAB Show. This place is a must if you like broadcast grade A/V equipment (the enterprise class for videographers, audio, what have you.) I got studio grade headphones there, and you can buy any professional and commercial class stuff there. And if you can’t make it to New York, you can go online.

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The Very Lower Manhattan Verizon *Central Office* – Revisited

I don’t know how the hell this didn’t get past my super-strict editorial standards.

I never said I knew everything about telecom, telephony and UC.

Anyways, let’s revisit this concrete of thing…


Original page? I called this the “Corporate offices” – again what the hell was I thinking?

So I didn’t cross the Brooklyn Bridge till this past October, checked visiting the hipster boro for the first time on my bucket list. Visited the New York Transit Museum, and if you like city busses, commuter rails and trains, it’s recommended!

And with a quick research in the time, I assumed it was an office, because most central offices do not have windows. This one did, and does. However nearly year after I published this, because of hipsters and other art-tiests (like elitists) they don’t understand why central offices not needing windows. This powers most of Lower Manhattan, and since this posting, Verizon sold the building, to a real estate trust company, then bought back a few floors. A curtain wall was built in the upper levels.

Currently this REIT owns the building to lease out to data centers, since you know “the cloud” has similarities to the old telephone company.

I stand corrected. 

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POTD: Jacob Javits Center, Upper West Side, Manhattan

The Jacob Javits Center, located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in the urban outskirts of New York City, is where conferences are held. Much less space than say the Las Vegas Convention Center. It’s comparable size like Connecticut’s or the ones in Boston. Unlike Vegas, people are rude, uptight and do not take any selfies with showgirls. They will tell you explicitly to “not tag” them.

This was taken in October at the fall NAB Show, the convention for the National Association of Broadcasters. Unlike my visit in April, there was nothing to write home about.  In fact I spent more time outside the Javits Center

This Guest Services desk shows a Cisco 8800 series VOIP set. However, throughout my visit, my first time ever visiting the city beyond twelve hours – I saw sets that weren’t just Cisco in various businesses and organizations.


Video: The last of the Telephone Booths?

Note: My browser crashed when I was originally writing this over a week ago, and finally caught up with the draft post.

In case you missed it, CBS’ Sunday Morning a couple weeks ago did a profile on unusual subject of telephone booths. They have been on a decline since the 1990s with the rise of mobile technologies.

Mo Rocca appears to be in shock seeing such physical innovation from yesteryear.

In America, the heydays of the actual 3 or 4 stalled booth was from the 1950s to the late 1980s. As I have explained in the past, many (including New York City) was replaced with exterior types.

Did you know on the island of Manhattan, New York City, there’s only 4 remaining, on the West Side?

Some screengrabs from the package:

Mo Rocca mocks the kid using the telephone booth saying “Kids these days, they’re on the phone all day!”

Remember my trip to Manhattan about a year ago? Well I wonder if some of these booths were the ones that were removed.

What is getting replaced is something that may look like a modern day telephone booth, but it involves touch screens, an internet connection and the ability to charge your mobile phone if you need a charge, or conserve on the data use cap, etc. However, like a smartphone it’s mostly used to do everything but make a call.



Phone of the Day: Avaya Red 7400 Series Voice Terminal – Macy’s 34th Street

Yours truly was Live from New York yesterday. Put it this way, I saw more Avaya Red sets this time around than Ciscos. A couple Avaya Blues here and there.

I don’t know much of the history of the original Macy’s. Macy’s went under 2 decades ago, and was sequentially boughtout by Federated Department stores that went on a buying spree of regional department stores; then in 2005 made their big buyout of the May Department Store chain of brands. Between the Federated and May buyouts Macy’s was in almost every mid sized city than prior to. Most of the Macy’s around where I live used to be the brands of Jordan Marsh and Filene’s both using/used ROLM CBX switches.

What’s interesting is I’ve been to Jordan Marsh/Macy’s stores and they had resemblance to the flagship 34th Street store, while former Filenes still has resemblance of the pre-Macy’s buyout, but by default all first level stores has that signature all white look. More non telephony related subjects to this store I set foot for the first time on the above link.

Now from what I can tell Macy’s uses an Avaya Red PBX. This one appears to go back in the System 75 days. Now I didn’t see if this thing worked, because in Release 14 (branded as 4.x)  of their enterprise PBX system, they depreciated the 7400s because the four-wire cards carried a lot of legacy code (from what I’ve read on the list serves, just dumping the 7400 DCP drivers gave Avaya some million lines of code removed.)

This particular model I forget, because AT&T made various models in the 10 year period, it may be a 7410 BIS set. Also, just because the 8400s released in the early 1990s, it was not a surprise to still have a part number (known as Comcodes or PECs) – I believe some models of the 7400 were still orderables in the first year of the Avaya spinoff (early 2000-late 2001.) If you were still on the 7400s at that point, Avaya did want you to go to the 6400 series (crap sets.)

More to come throughout the week.


Cisco Phones – Chase Branch, Midtown Manhattan, NY


This Chase branch shows how its like to be a standup associate! It’s all the rage now to keyboard, and make calls standing up. I don’t see a problem with that, my only problem is seeing this Cisco 7961/62 on this desk.

I don’t find Cisco really that of a great telephony solution. If you don’t like Avaya, where else are you supposed to go? Open source PBX and say Polycom for sets? I’d take my poison and take Cisco.

Cisco for a long time designed telephony for the network administrator. Lots of Internet Protocol terminology is used to set up voice system, and well mixing IP and telecom lingo together creates unpredictable results. The CallManager (or whatever it’s current identity as being the software PBX solution) was a pretty complex system to implement and it required Cisco certifications to figure out how to use the damn thing. The management console is a web server by accessing it’s IP address, and its heavily ridden with long pages and radio buttons and drop down menus that is required to enter in. Later versions supposedly are easier to configure. Supposedly. They never made a real solid operator/attendant solution, and inability to have more than 6 or more call appearances or monitor other extensions with a page down like button in 2015 is strange! Nortel, Mitel and Avaya have done this for years with their LCD screen phones.

I don’t want to be hypocrite, because I have a Cisco system in production at the moment, but I never remembered any interconnect system in so many places by a single vendor. It makes Avaya’s dominance look like child’s play. Even when they dominated 90% of the Fortune 500, that same figure didn’t have Avaya everywhere. Some had Nortels, and other interconnect vendors. Cisco is a different animal, once you get Cisco on one site, they’ll give you an incentive to put Cisco phones everywhere. It’s a little of a weasel of a business practice, but I’ll just leave it at that as I’m digressing.