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Fri Apr 26, 2013, 09:19 PM

So, like, if you have a rotary telephone, you can't participate in a Rassman poll

I don't condone telephone solicitation and make every effort to make it disappear, but this one, a Rassman poll, piqued my interest. I wanted to hear the pitch, the spin, look for a push poll question, and all that stuff, but my Luddite lifestyle nixed it.

Who's taken a Rassman poll and what sort of questions did they ask?

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Reply So, like, if you have a rotary telephone, you can't participate in a Rassman poll (Original post)
Brother Buzz Apr 2013 OP
Codeine Apr 2013 #1
JVS Apr 2013 #2
robinlynne Apr 2013 #3
JVS Apr 2013 #4
Brother Buzz Apr 2013 #9
robinlynne Apr 2013 #14
Brother Buzz Apr 2013 #6
NutmegYankee Apr 2013 #5
Historic NY Apr 2013 #7
hunter Apr 2013 #8
Buzz Clik Apr 2013 #10
Brother Buzz Apr 2013 #11
Buzz Clik Apr 2013 #13
Brother Buzz Apr 2013 #18
Historic NY Apr 2013 #20
Hekate Apr 2013 #21
Robb Apr 2013 #12
NutmegYankee Apr 2013 #17
Poll_Blind Apr 2013 #15
Nye Bevan Apr 2013 #16
Brother Buzz Apr 2013 #19
Hekate Apr 2013 #22

Response to Brother Buzz (Original post)

Fri Apr 26, 2013, 09:21 PM

1. The 25 remaining Americans with rotary dial phones

are unlikely to pose a serious statistical problem.

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Response to Brother Buzz (Original post)

Fri Apr 26, 2013, 09:22 PM

2. You also can't place outgoing calls.

A friend bought a house nearly 10 years ago and there was still an old phone hitched up. It could receive calls but not make them.

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Response to JVS (Reply #2)

Fri Apr 26, 2013, 09:24 PM

3. That might mean the bill wasn't paid.

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Response to robinlynne (Reply #3)

Fri Apr 26, 2013, 09:26 PM

4. Nope. It was after he had his old number transferred to the new house.

Also, the other phones in the house were modern and worked fine.

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Response to JVS (Reply #4)

Fri Apr 26, 2013, 09:34 PM

9. The wiring in the telephone needed to be addressed

A quick study of the critical wires, and how they can be switched would have remedied the problem.

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Response to JVS (Reply #4)

Fri Apr 26, 2013, 10:07 PM

14. interesting.

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Response to JVS (Reply #2)

Fri Apr 26, 2013, 09:31 PM

6. I make outgoing calls just fine

Have you ever participated in a Rassman poll?

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Response to Brother Buzz (Original post)

Fri Apr 26, 2013, 09:26 PM

5. What's a rotary telephone?

Is that a public phone in the center of a traffic circle in Mass?

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Response to Brother Buzz (Original post)

Fri Apr 26, 2013, 09:33 PM

7. I have several rotary phones...they work fine....

I also have a few push button ones..They have to be for dial vs pulse.

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Response to Brother Buzz (Original post)

Fri Apr 26, 2013, 09:33 PM

8. I have a pink rotary dial Western Electric "princess phone" on my desk.

I saw it in a thrift store and had to have it

I used to have a big black AT&T phone, but that's now on my lab bench. I can generate touch tones from the computer, so it's not a problem.

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Response to Brother Buzz (Original post)

Fri Apr 26, 2013, 09:42 PM

10. You have a land line? And land lines still support rotary phones?

 

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Response to Buzz Clik (Reply #10)

Fri Apr 26, 2013, 09:51 PM

11. Yes

I used to receive a discount for the dial phone service. A couple of year ago, they discontinued it when pulse tone became cheap/easier, but the dial phone is still supported.

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Response to Brother Buzz (Reply #11)

Fri Apr 26, 2013, 10:00 PM

13. Dude, about the only thing you can do is take live calls.

 

Seriously. The doctor's office calls with a reminder of an appointment, and you press 1 to confirm.

You dial any store, and you have to press a button to do anything. Ditto customer service for anything.

Do you keep it for the novelty? Have the same phone your folks had when you were born?

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Response to Buzz Clik (Reply #13)

Fri Apr 26, 2013, 10:44 PM

18. I choose to talk with with real people

My doctor's office still employs real people to talk to.

Our resident teen computer whiz does all that other button pushing on one of his hand held devices.

Wife is almost there with here cell phone skill, and hopefully will step up when our son bolts for college this fall.

I do have the same telephone I grew up with, only I use it the house my grandfather built.

I choose to talk with with real people. The operative word is choose.

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Response to Buzz Clik (Reply #10)

Sat Apr 27, 2013, 12:36 AM

20. Somewhere I have a manual word processor too.

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Response to Historic NY (Reply #20)

Sat Apr 27, 2013, 03:46 AM

21. Smith Corona, Remington, or Underwood?

Bic ballpoint or #2 pencil?

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Response to Brother Buzz (Original post)

Fri Apr 26, 2013, 09:51 PM

12. What the hell is a phone?

Sorry, I really wanted to win the thread.

I've never been polled, except by absurdist GOP messaging-disguised-as-push-poll stuff.

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Response to Robb (Reply #12)

Fri Apr 26, 2013, 10:13 PM

17. Too late! See post #5

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Response to Brother Buzz (Original post)

Fri Apr 26, 2013, 10:08 PM

15. Most places, a rotary phone won't even work to make outgoing calls. And that's as...

...of close to 10 years ago.

PB

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Response to Brother Buzz (Original post)

Fri Apr 26, 2013, 10:13 PM

16. OK, this online app will solve your problems.

Just hold your phone mouthpiece near your computer loudspeaker and tell the app the numbers you want to dial.

http://sio.midco.net/dfranklin/phonedial/index.html

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Response to Nye Bevan (Reply #16)

Fri Apr 26, 2013, 10:49 PM

19. LOL, by the time I hooked that shit up, Rassman would be punching the next number.

Have you taken a Rassman poll and what sort of questions did they ask?

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Response to Brother Buzz (Original post)

Sat Apr 27, 2013, 03:53 AM

22. What's a Rassman poll? I've only heard of Rassmussen.

As for rotary phones, dh still has one he keeps in the garage. Remarkably, it usually still works when the power goes out taking all the cordless phones to oblivion along with the lights. Just plug the thing in to the phone jack. Last big fire we had out here knocked out all kinds of cell towers in the hills, but the rotary phone kept going until things got really bad.

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