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Old 5th Nov 2017, 11:30 pm   #1
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Hi,
We recently rented a studio flat in Italy, and I saw this three pin socket.
I'm just curious to know if it's a telephone socket.
Cheers, Pete.
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Old 6th Nov 2017, 12:01 am   #2
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I'm just curious to know if it's a telephone socket.
Looks like it is - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tripolar_plug
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Old 6th Nov 2017, 10:04 am   #3
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I'm just curious to know if it's a telephone socket.
Yes, it is.

The Italian version of wikipedia page contains more details: https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presa_...nica_tripolare . You can pass it through an online translator

By law you could only plug an approved telephone in there. I believe early (cheaper) modems were somewhat illegal. You could not add an extension around your flat or a second plug, but I have faint memories of that since I was a child. I remember the roll-up extension running through the flat from the wall socket to the modem to connect BBS's with an IBM 8086 PC. And don't forget to unplug the telephone otherwise mum would pick it up and interrupt the download!

And, oh boy, the telephone bill WAS expensive at that time!

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Yes, that is actually a vintage socket, something for collectors. The 2 top holes are for the line, and the third is for ground, if used. Same standard was used in Finland and Norway and probably some other countries as well.

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And UK BS546 2-amp plugs will fit
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Old 6th Nov 2017, 8:45 pm   #6
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Hi Pete,
yes it is a Telephone Socket.
Google 'sip italia'

UK phones work fine there, just connect with a RJ11 line cord, to an adapter for the 3 pin socket, that is available there.

I have two Cordless Phone set ups there as running cables through medieval walls and strange home layouts was a No No!

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I remember at college there was a CPC catalogue around which had a page or 2 of different telephone adaptors to allow a computer to be connected online around the world.

It was interesting to see so many different designs, & that India were still using GPO style jack plugs.
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ISTR travelling on business around Europe in the 1990s with a bagful of different phone connectors including that 3-pin job in order to maintain email & internet access. The connector set was available as a kit for business travellers.

Another product overtaken by technical progress!

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I remember at one place I worked at got a new computer & some phone connectors were bundled in with it, mostly European ones.

These went in a drawer with all the other spare leads the makers of electronics seem to include.
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e.g. this one by Targus: https://www.picclickimg.com/d/w1600/...dapters-23.jpg

Details here: http://cdn.targus.com/web/us/downloads/pa031u.pdf
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I did not know that Ethiopia and Eritrea used the same standard.
I actually have it here in my house in Norway.
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I did not know that Ethiopia and Eritrea used the same standard.
They were Italian colonies together with Libya, Albania and the Dalmatian coast. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italian_Empire.

Looks like we did have some influence on their development at that time.

This history is too recent and is not taught in Italian schools. I'd better read the wikipedia page now
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