Telephones have come a long way since their inception in the late 1800s. What was once a large, complex machine can now fit into the palm of your hand, and it’s all thanks to human innovation and ongoing improvements. Today, commercial telephony is an independent profession that offers a full suite of communication services. But what did telephone system repairs look like early on?

Early Telephone Problems

The nineteenth century saw a technological boom that gave birth to many inventions that we still use today. The telephone is among the most important; however, implementing a cohesive network of phones was a complex task that took decades to perfect.

If you look at photographs taken in the late 1800s and early 1900s, you’ll notice an abundance of telephone lines on city streets. That’s because all telephone lines were installed overhead, rather than underground. This made the noise-prone copper wire lines easier to repair.

Additionally, early telephones required a good deal of preparation and work before people were able to place calls. Some of them require cranking, while others required the user to whistle or ring a bell to alert the exchange operator. Today, telephones are much more sophisticated and easy to use. Not only that, modern telephone system repair providers are equipped with the tools needed to resolve common problems. And of course, you no longer have to install your cabling overhead for a clear sound–thank goodness.