What is Tim the talking clock?

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.

What was the name of the talking clock?

Precisely! It needed just four words to tell you this article is about the speaking clock. Known officially as Timeline and more commonly as plain TIM, the speaking clock is one of those essential features of everyday life to which you give scarcely a second thought It’s there when you want it and that’s it, isn’t it?

Is it free to call the talking clock?

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

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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Is 411 still around?

In North America, all areas formerly using 1-1-3 have been converted to using 4-1-1, and 1-1- is now reserved for vertical service codes. Outside North America, “1-1-N” numbers are still in use, for these and other services.

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.

Who is the voice of the talking clock?

Those are the dulcet tones of Alan Steadman, the new voice of the Speaking Clock. To mark 80 years of the famous talking clock, BT held a nationwide competition to find the fifth permanent voice of the British institution.

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.

Does it cost to ring 123?

Calling the 123 Speaking Clock now costs at least 39p.

What happens when you dial 123 on your phone?

Option 1 – Call from your Mobile or Landline. No App required. Add your international numbers that you want to call as a contact and we’ll give you back a local number. Dial the local number given to you directly from your mobile or landline.

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