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Northern Telecom Millennium Payphone

Northern Telecom Millennium Payphone

Regular price $699.95 USD
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NORTEL MILLENNIUM PAYPHONE

The Millennium line was introduced in the 1990s and allowed the use of coins (5, 10, 25 cents and 1 dollar for Canadian versions) and cards (credit card or phone cards as well as "smart" chip cards.) They were equipped with an advanced electronic coin validator, which could detect slugs or coin blockages. These units came with a touch tone key pad only. A display screen allowed the user to view the number dialed and switch between two languages, where the operating company has a choice of any combination of English, French, Spanish and Japanese. The VFD display also allows the operating company to set scrolling messages and ads, with a total of 20 messages possible in total, 10 for on hook and 10 for off hook.

Millennium phones require a CO line with polarity reversal for CDR (call detail record) purposes, as well as for coin return, hence these phones have no coin return button.

The rights to Millennium phones were sold to QuorTech when Nortel moved away from manufacturing phone devices, and were subsequently sold to WiMacTel. Quortech has all but disappeared from the public and in March 2014, WiMacTel announced they were the only operator of Millennium payphones in Canada and the US. [4]

The phones themselves are quite complex, using a Zilog Z80 processor with a number of peripherals attached. The whole point of the Millennium system was security and advanced monitoring. All Millennium phones connect to a server platform called Millennium Manager, which allows the operating company to control and monitor virtually every aspect of a phone. The phones 'call home' on a regular basis, uploading CDR records if they are full and reporting coinbox status (down to the amount of coins in a given denomination). The coin vault lock has a small micro switch that can detect break-ins, which will cause the phone to call into the Millennium Manager with an alarm. The main housing lock also has a similar switch, which is triggered without entering the craft interface beforehand will trigger an alarm as well.

A Mondex version of the payphone was also produced, it has a special larger display with navigation keys. There is also an inmate version of the card only set, as well as a smaller deskset that used only a card reader. The desk set closely resembled a regular Meridian M7310 office phone. These smaller sets were often found in malls and hospitals.

This Millennium payphone has been reprogrammed for use on today's modern telephone lines. It can make and receive calls, as well as display a custom text log on the front LED screen. When ordering, please add the line of text you would like to be displayed. It could be your favorite sports team or your bar / restaurant. All phones from with the "T" key required for opening the phones as well as the power supply.

*Please note, may not look exactly as pictured.

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