Frequent question: Who was the first voice of the speaking clock?

Did the Speaking Clock have a name?

Permanent voices

Ethel Jane Cain, first permanent voice: from July 24, 1936 to 1963. Pat Simmons, second permanent voice: from 1963 to April 2, 1985 (may still be heard). Brian Cobby, third permanent voice: from April 2, 1985 to April 2, 2007.

What was the original Speaking Clock number?

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 is the Speaking Clock called?

The BT Speaking Clock has also been known as TIM (the three-letter code, that subscribers dialled in Director areas). The BT Speaking Clock receives around 70 million calls a year. The BT Speaking Clock has been ticking 24-hours a day, seven days a week since 24th July 1936 and is now 70 years old!

Does 555 1212 still work?

555-1212 is still used for directory assistance and 555-4334 is reserved for assigned national use. But a set of 100 555 numbers have been officially designated for use in Hollywood, 555-0100 through 555-0199.

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Can you still call the time?

Even in the smartphone age, you can still dial up the time in hours, minutes, seconds. 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. … That’s the number for the time-by-phone service offered by the U.S. Naval Observatory.

How much did the talking clock cost?

Find the precise time by dialling 123 to hear the BT speaking clock (Timeline). The time is announced every ten seconds. It costs 50p a minute from BT landlines any time of day or night.

Why is the Speaking Clock called Tim?

The BT Speaking Clock has kept time since 1936, when it was also known as “TIM” — the three-letter code short for “time” which callers dialled on old-fashioned alphabetic phones. Since its launch, only four people have leant their voice to the service.

Can you still dial popcorn for the time?

Currently, anyone misdialing POPCORN (POPULAR, for instance, or even POPTART) still gets the time, as long as the 767 prefix is properly dialed. As an alternative, the California Public Utilities Commission has proposed changing some of the numbers, including the time and weather, to ones that start with 555.

What is a 123 call?

Re: Rogue call to 123

Calls are being made when no-one is in. A lot of the time the line is crackling so badly that the phone can’t even be used. The bill is clocking up, engineers come out and can’t find the fault so they go away again.

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