Telephone FAQs:

Q: Was a telephone the first device in history that enabled people to talk directly with each other across large distances?

A: Yes.

Q: Was a telephone not limited to musical sounds?

A: Yes.

Q: Was a telephone invented?

A: Yes, and Hungarian engineer Tivadar Puskás invented the telephone switch, which allowed for the formation of telephone exchanges, and eventually networks.

Q: Is a telephone connected by a pair of dedicated wires to a local central office switching system?

A: Yes, and which developed into fully automated systems starting in the early 1900s.

Q: Is a telephone a microphone to speak into and an earphone which reproduces the voice in a distant location?

A: Yes.

Q: Was a telephone the invention of a captain John Taylor in 1844?

A: Yes.

Q: Was a telephone introduced?

A: Yes, and packaged in three parts.

Q: Was a telephone introduced in the early 20th century?

A: Yes, and including Bell's 202-type desk set.

Q: Were telephones directly connected to each other from one customer's office or residence to another customer's location?

A: Yes.

Q: Were telephones technically diverse?

A: Yes.

Q: Are telephones now active and connected through the exchange?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a telephone frequently disputed?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a telephone inactive?

A: Yes, and the circuitry at the telephone exchange detects the absence of direct current to indicate that the line is not in use.

Q: Were telephones locally powered?

A: Yes, and using either a dynamic transmitter or by the powering of a transmitter with a local battery.

Q: Were telephones leased in pairs to a subscriber?

A: Yes, and who had to arrange for a telegraph contractor to construct a line between them, for example between a home and a shop.

Q: Was a telephone adopted into the vocabulary of many languages?

A: Yes.