Name red phone
Date 1965
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In use in Japan 10 yen unit imported into the UK for trial by the Hull Telephone Co. Never used commercially.
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The Redphone in Australia. the ATT pink phone

As direct intercity dialing becomes more widespread and more areas can be accessed by area codes beginning with "0" demand grows for a new type of public telephone that will allow nationwide direct dialing. A prototype large-size red telephone with these capabilities is installed in Tokyo Station in 1965, and becomes fully operational in June 1966. The new telephone set has a lower profile than the previous public "red phone" and has a gold band with the label "For Direct Long-Distance Calls."

This unit was a popular export, with versions being used in Australia (the Victa Redphone) and the U.S. (the ATT pink phone) 


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