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nightsurfer2002
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Old 1976 Mickey Mouse Phone - Can it be converted to work in the Uk

The other half has just bought a 1976 American Telecommunication Corp. 'Mickey Mouse' Landline phone for the USA.

I've being tasked to find out if it can be used on the UK phone system.

I've included photos of the internal wiring and the question is simply can it be converted to work or not.

Can i just change the phone lead to a BT lead wired back to phone and plug-in or is this just too simple.

Thanks for your time and help

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licquorice
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Re: Old 1976 Mickey Mouse Phone - Can it be converted to work in the Uk

Should work, try it and see, you can't break anything. I think the US use RJ11 plugs, if so, just get an RJ11 - BT plug adaptor. If you have a filtered faceplate with an RJ11 socket, try it in there first to see if it works.

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nightsurfer2002
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Re: Old 1976 Mickey Mouse Phone - Can it be converted to work in the Uk

I was hoping to swap out the original lead for a bt lead - i've found what i think is the wiring internal diagram for the phone. I know the BT Plug lead has 4 wires (Black,Red,Green and Yellow) which if my research is correct Black - Pin 2,Red - Pin 3,Green - Pin 4 and Yellow - Pin 5.

So Pins 2 & 5 on the the BT Plug are the Speech and Ringing and Pin 3 is Ringing (For Extension Lines)

Where would you connect these BT colours to the US PhoneScreenshot (1).png

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nightsurfer2002
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Re: Old 1976 Mickey Mouse Phone - Can it be converted to work in the Uk

More digging and i've found out that tip and ring are the uk's A&B 

So i'm going to connect my BT plug wiring Black to Tip and Yellow to Ring and see what happens

 

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licquorice
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Re: Old 1976 Mickey Mouse Phone - Can it be converted to work in the Uk

You only need 2 wires, the red and green, to the Tip and Ring.

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Devon_Dave
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Re: Old 1976 Mickey Mouse Phone - Can it be converted to work in the Uk

You might have better luck asking on the many vintage telephone Facebook pages. Here is one of them

https://www.facebook.com/groups/616428205150051/?ref=share

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nightsurfer2002
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Re: Old 1976 Mickey Mouse Phone - Can it be converted to work in the Uk

Thanks I give it a try

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