When did the talking clock stop?
The first Speaking Clock was taken out of service in 1963, replaced by a more modern transistor version, using a magnetic drum, and complete with a new voice.
Pat Simmons, a London telephone exchange supervisor won the second competition to find a voice for the Speaking Clock and a £500 prize..
Can you call the speaking clock from a mobile?
Dialling 123 from a few mobile services also obtains a speaking clock service such as O2.
Why do 555 numbers not exist?
Narrator: The short answer is that most 555 numbers are not working numbers, so real people won’t be harassed if diehard fans try to call them. 555 was an exchange combination that was not used very often in the American telephone system. You may get a wrong number, or no number at all.
Does time and temperature still exist?
Unchanged in format for decades, the Weatherline reads the time, temperature, and after an ad, a weather forecast updated several times a day by meteorologist Tim Root. The line still gets 50,000-75,000 calls a month, said Brian Trujillo, the Denver Post’s circulation manager, who runs the line.
Is the speaking clock still available?
Everyone used to know the number for the speaking clock, it’s 123, but today few young people will even know it exists. But the service – known as Talkline – still gets more than 30 million calls a year despite the rush to embrace new technology, with demand peaking on four timesensitive days.
What was the number you called to get the time?
The U.S. Naval Observatory’s time-by-phone line received more than three million calls in 2015. Quick, try this: Dial 202-762-1401. Trust us, it’s not a scam, but you may be surprised by what you hear. That’s the number for the time-by-phone service offered by the U.S. Naval Observatory.