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NEC TR5E800-8C (Attache)
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NEC TR5E800-8C (Attache)
Standard: AMPS 800
Factory Code: n/a
Notes: Telecom Australia Attache phone. One of the first three AMPS phones offered by Telecom Australia in 1987. 12v ni-cad battery pack had 8 hours standby time, and 1.5 hours talk time. Current drain, 400mA standby, 2.3A transmit (3W).
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The same model phone, but an ETACS version, was sold by British Telecom, called the BT Diamond.
Ok, great to have a discussion about this phone, since I own one !
Have just made up a brand new nicad battery pack for mine, the original one was totally stuffed.
12.5V 1400mAH Nicad pack, D Cells.
My phone still works very well, is very fun to actually use it carrying around !
Good exercise too !
Has a nice sounding ring tone too.
Uses a 4 digit lock code, unique to each phone, but I do not know the code for mine, so will not be locking it ever.
Cannot edit the NAM data, is hard coded into an Eprom, so no changing phone numbers with this one.
You can change the system ID, however.
The phone cost $3880 AUD new, a huge amount at the time.
Two versions of the Attache existed, the 8 hour battery pack model (my one), and a 4 hour battery pack model.
I also have the original matching mains power supply unit for charging (13.5v 5A).
2013. Oct 13. 22:53
Ive found a handset that I dont have a transceiver for.
spectreman could you compare the pics i've posted with your handset, either way please feel free to delete the extra photos if you think they dont belong on the page
It seems very similar...
Hywel! Only the uploader or admin can delete image, but I think it's OK here!
Hywel, the handset is the same type indeed, your additional photos are fine, thanks !
Hywel, the handset & cradle you have would have belonged to a BT Diamond phone, exactly the same type of transportable phone, but an ETACS version.
I have only found the one small photo of a BT Diamond on the web so far, no other info at all.
It is interesting to note that many of the British Telecom phones were exactly the same types as sold by Telecom Australia, especially the NEC models, but ETACS versions of course.
Even the BT Roamer phone by Misubishi was the same sold here as the Telecom Walkabout in 1987.
I do wonder if British Telecom & Telecom Australia ever co-ordinated phone purchases with each other at the time ?
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