I have come across 1/2 dozen Corton Communications payphones, WP 1000, hearing aid compatible, brand new-boxed with keys. I can't find anything about the company -- they were in Yonkers NY. If anyone has any info on them (they don't come packed with any data sheets), please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Inside there is an RJ-11 jack and connections for L1,L2 andG. I assume that's for some sort of power connection -- there is an LCD display on the front. The board that these connections are on doesn't look like it's for 110VAC- But I have no clue as to what voltage, AC or DC it would require. I'll appreciate any info on them. And, I'd be happy to sell them as well.
mm[TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: If these are what I am thinking, they are 'smart' COCOTS. 'Smart' in the sense they can be set for whatever money value is desired to be collected (25 cents for three minutes on a 'local call' and four quarters or one dollar for three minutes on a 'long distance domestic' call.) The LED shows what the person dialed, the amount of money due on the call (as you choose to program it) and when no call is in progress it displays the time and some ribbon message promoting the service. The phone does not ring on incoming calls, but only chirps a couple times then answers itself with a recorded message on a chip saying 'Operator! This is a pay phone with no collect/third party charges allowed!' Then it disconnects itself unless you, the proprietor punch in a security code which allows you to program the rate remotely. I am not certain _and will not guarentee_ that they run on a 12 volt battery eliminator with a good size amperage, around a thousand MA. PAT]