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November in phone history

Fri 16 Nov, 2012 // Firstnumber Team
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November has been quite an eventful month in the history of telecommunications. From new telephone lines connecting places far and wide, to the launch of Android beta, it has borne witness to major developments.

In Australia, locals had to wait until November 1858 for a Sydney-Melbourne link to be put in place. A few years down the line, in November 1861, a further line was installed connecting Queensland and Sydney.

On 1st November, 1878 a group of phone enthusiasts carried out the first trial of a long-distance call between London to Norwich, at a distance of 115 miles. The task was performed using a device patented by Thomas Edison.

November of 1927 saw the general public in London advised to dial 0 in any emergency, telling the operator which emergency services were required. This Metropolitan Police system was in place until 1934 when the service created the Information Room and launched the famous 1212 number of Whitehall.

On November 18, 1963, the first electronic push-button system, with Touch Tone dialing, was offered by Bell Telephones to AT&T customers.

In November 1984, more than 50 per cent of British Telecom shares were sold to the public.

On November 13, 1996 in the USA, the final rules for ISDN went into effect, paving the way for faster internet connections.

Most recently, in November 2007, mobile operating system Android launched its beta version. Doesn't seem like that long ago does it?

What else do you think the month of November has in store for us this year and in the future?

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