POTD: Analog Sets, TRYP, Midtown Manhattan, NY



This is the cordless phone at the hipster hotel I had stayed when I was in New York City back in October.  As you can tell it’s one of those Teledex, analog sets. No hotel I’ve ever stayed had any native phone system’s sets in the rooms. I guess it’s above my paygrade to stay at a five-star hotel that may have digital or IP sets. I do know the Teledex markets an ‘iPhone” (surprised that didn’t hit Apple’s or Cisco’s lawyers!) that’s a generic SIP phone that functions like an analog set but works on top of an IP network.

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POTD: TRYP Hotel, Midtown Manhattan

In today’s installment of phones other than Cisco seen in The Big Apple, this was where I and my companion stayed during the week of the NY NAB Show. Known as TRYP (probably an acronym for “trip” though my mother called it T.R.Y.P. for a while) is a hipster themed hotel on West 35th between Seventh and Eighth. An independent franchise to Wyndham, this hotel is in one little building. I think it’s like a motel in a low rise building. There are fifteen stories and you can see the flagship New Yorker from the top.

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Office Telephones: Comdial Impact Telephone – TD Bank – Midtown Manhattan, NY

This picture is hard to see due to the sunset (because the sun sets earlier among the tall buildings) and with sudden light changes, my camera doesn’t reflect it as well – thanks to the photographer – being me!


This was taken at a TD Bank branch in Manhattan in the middle of New York City last weekend. This was one of the very few places that didn’t have Cisco IP telephones (Most of the Big Banks, the Hard Rock Cafe – where I had lunch, and stopped at an American Eagle Outfitters store in Times Square were the ones I saw Ciscos.)

This Comdial Impact 8312 telephone works on small Comdial KSU switches and probably is compatible with the Vertical systems as well. At one time, Comdial was very popular in the interconnect market.

I’m not sure what bank this was before, it could’ve been TD, before merging with the Maine based Banknorth many years ago.

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.

Cisco Phones Citi Branch, Midtown Manhattan



There was tons of places of large businesses and corporations in New York which were once customers of Avaya Red and Avaya Blue or others, but many are replaced with Cisco. The only large enterprise I saw with an Avaya was the earlier picture I posted and the Rockefeller Plaza.

This is taken at a desk on a street level branch of Citibank




Pay to Call – Midtown Manhattan, NY


These payphones do work!

These were taken in Midtown Manhattan, NY the other day. These phones are no longer owned by Verizon. A while back I believe, they sold these off to another company to take the risk (and loose money as well.) I was quite surprised to see so many of these around the borough, given how progressive and hip the culture the city and boro is now. I sure can speak for that, I got bumped literally by a few “selfie sticks” the low lying hipsters are taking with their “phones” which to them is a smart handheld terminal where they care less about the telephony abilities!

Emergency Services – Fire Call Box – Midtown Manhattan, NY


This is an interesting picture I took while waiting for the bus to come back to take me and my mother home from Manhattan on Saturday the 18th. This is a call box, you lift the respective door, and push the button, you can get help from the FDNY or the NYPD (hopefully in a timely manner.) This an ideal case if you don’t have a cell phone, or you aren’t close to a payphone or you are in great stress and you don’t know what else to do or you could have a case of 9/11 where telecom service goes down for the entire city.

From the best of my knowledge these are hard wired from the boxes and to the dispatch areas in the city, I don’t think these would go to the 9-1-1 call center in the Metrotech area of Brooklyn; but it may. The New York Post reported a few years ago about the vulnerabilities of these call boxes and did an investigation that most of these were not functioning and yet the City paid lots of money to maintain these call boxes.

Some cities like Nashua, NH (less than a couple hundred miles to the north) recently redid their fire call boxes and created a systematic network of like a dozen or so boxes in the city tied through a dedicated fiber optic connection to their dispatch center.

By the way, I did some photo manipulation to make this stand out appear that this box  was all by itself!