Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.

3111 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 533


Topic # 185779 5-Dec-2015 08:20
Send private message

Hi Guys
A remote beach community without cell coverage has a community coin phone in a shed that has just died.
Does anyone know where to buy new ones that are compatible with new coinage?

They were quoted thousands for a proper spark payphone & booth to be installed, but they just want to get one of the ones you used to be able to put into your business.

I used to see them all the time on trademe but it loosk like the only ones on there now are listed as antiques and only set up for old coinage.

Ray Taylor
Taylor Broadband (rural hawkes bay)

There is no place like localhost
For my general guide to extending your wireless network Click Here

Create new topic
2316 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 665


  Reply # 1440891 5-Dec-2015 09:09
Send private message

Hmmmm they do seem to be very hard to find (have been Googleing without success).

Is DSL available?  There are coin operated VoIP phones  

Otherwise you could get creative with a coin operated mains timer like this one (they can definitely be purchased cheaper).  I assume there is a relay that switces the incoming 230v, but it may also have a relay not connected to the mains (or you could install one - there is plenty of room in the metal chassis) that switches (connects/disconnects) the line to the telephone.  

Perhaps in tandem with a WiFi VoIP phone if there is WiFi in the immediate area.  

"4 wheels move the body.  2 wheels move the soul."

“Don't believe anything you read on the net. Except this. Well, including this, I suppose.” Douglas Adams

3111 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 533


  Reply # 1441026 5-Dec-2015 14:48
Send private message

No DSL in the area. There is voip to almost every house, but they want a landline for 111 calls if the internet is down for any reason as our technicians are at least 90 minutes away if there is a fault.

I was looking at those 240v mains timers for washing machines etc and thought that would work perfectly - we could wire up a 12v transformer to open or close a relay wired to the handset microphone but we still need a 111 call to work without a coin. The next option is a second phone connected in parallel behind a glass break window with the keypad membrane broken so it can only dial 1 but I would prefer it all in the one device.
Unless any other suggestions come forward its probably what we will have to do.

Ray Taylor
Taylor Broadband (rural hawkes bay)

There is no place like localhost
For my general guide to extending your wireless network Click Here



9259 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1318

  Reply # 1441029 5-Dec-2015 15:08
One person supports this post
Send private message

No idea. This Australian model advertises fully electronic coin validation. Maybe ask if that can be user programmed or otherwise for nz.

2074 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 509

  Reply # 1441041 5-Dec-2015 15:55
Send private message

The spark ones have a brand listed on the telepermit, would it be possible to buy directly from that manufacturer

1832 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 238


  Reply # 1441042 5-Dec-2015 15:58
Send private message

Could have one phone with a toll-bar - giving free 111 and local calls. And a second phone with the coin controlled relay for national 

Create new topic

Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:

News »

$3.74 million for new electric vehicles in New Zealand
Posted 17-Jan-2018 11:27

Nova 2i: Value, not excitement from Huawei
Posted 17-Jan-2018 09:02

Less news in Facebook News Feed revamp
Posted 15-Jan-2018 13:15

Australian Government contract awarded to Datacom Connect
Posted 11-Jan-2018 08:37

Why New Zealand needs a chief technology officer
Posted 6-Jan-2018 13:59

Amazon release Silk Browser and Firefox for Fire TV
Posted 21-Dec-2017 13:42

New Chief Technology Officer role created
Posted 19-Dec-2017 22:18

All I want for Christmas is a new EV
Posted 19-Dec-2017 19:54

How clever is this: AI will create 2.3 million jobs by 2020
Posted 19-Dec-2017 19:52

NOW to deploy SD-WAN to regional councils
Posted 19-Dec-2017 19:46

Mobile market competition issues ComCom should watch
Posted 18-Dec-2017 10:52

New Zealand government to create digital advisory group
Posted 16-Dec-2017 08:47

Australia datum changes means whole country moving 1.8 metres north-east
Posted 16-Dec-2017 08:39

UAV Traffic Management Trial launching today in New Zealand
Posted 12-Dec-2017 16:06

UFB connections pass 460,000
Posted 11-Dec-2017 11:26

Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.

Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.