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'Close up of one modern, now almost ancient phone socket' posted by Doug Kirkpatrick


'A profile view.  One socket or phone, the othe for fax/modem, before the days of ADSL and wireless broadband' posted by Doug Kirkpatrick


Telephone sockets in Australia

an experience of everyday life

A trivial feature of Australian life. But when in Rome, you've got to do as they do. Here in Oz, that means negotiating the strange-looking phone socket on the wall. At least, it would probably seem strange to most Europeans and certainly to North Americans where sockets take the form of efficient, modular jacks the size of a pea. Anyway, Telecom Australia (which then became Telstra - i.e. TELecom AuSTRAlia), started putting in this curious socket about 38 years ago as an improvement on giant round bakelite sockets that protruded from the wall about two inches. There were a bit unwieldy and prone to getting busted by wayward sofa legs being smashed into them by clumsy folks unaware that behind the sofa was their only link to the outside world.

 
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