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US-Japan Telephone Compatibility

Unread post by Mogura » Fri Aug 19, 2011 8:11 pm

Would a landline telephone purchased in Japan work in the US and vice versa (are the plugs the same size, etc.)? I have a really nice headset telephone (landline type) that I don't really use anymore, so I was thinking of sending it to some relatives in the US.

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Re: US-Japan Telephone Compatibility

Unread post by MacGyver » Fri Aug 19, 2011 8:29 pm

Yep assuming there are no power issues. I took one home to Oz many years ago and it worked fine although I must have used a transformer to overcome the differences in voltage.
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Re: US-Japan Telephone Compatibility

Unread post by Mogura » Fri Aug 19, 2011 9:00 pm

There is a slight voltage difference, 110V in the US vs 120V in Japan (IIRC)...
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Re: US-Japan Telephone Compatibility

Unread post by Wage Slave » Fri Aug 19, 2011 9:44 pm

Mogura wrote:There is a slight voltage difference, 110V in the US vs 120V in Japan (IIRC)...
100V in Japan and 110V in the US I think. Anyway, 10% won't matter. You might need to watch out for tone dial vs pulse dial though. Pulse dial survived here a lot longer than elsewhere.
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Re: US-Japan Telephone Compatibility

Unread post by MacGyver » Mon Aug 22, 2011 12:41 pm

Wage Slave wrote:Anyway, 10% won't matter.
I've said that to a seppo mate several times (an electronics nerd so he's not a total retard when it comes to these things) and he's always replied "Oh, 10% is HUGE!" I still don't think it is though FWIW. If Mogs is still concerned about it I'm sure there's a transformer out there he could get. Whether its worth the expense or not is another matter though; a transformer varies wildly in price depending on the wattage of the device. EG, I took home a rice cooker many years ago (prolly only valued at 5K yen or so but considering back then in the mid-90s there was only one very basic type of rice cooker you could get in Oz and the fact that it was waste to throw it away when I left I decided to take it home with me) and the transformer I needed to get was going to cost me close to $200 Oz (several times more than the rice cooker itself) so being the poor student I was it was totally not worth it. Sure a rice cooker is gonna use a hell of lot more wattage than a phone and I assume he could prolly get a fairly cheap transformer for a phone but it is worth taking into consideration.
Wage Slave wrote:You might need to watch out for tone dial vs pulse dial though. Pulse dial survived here a lot longer than elsewhere.
As far as I know, many (most? all?) phones here have a pulse/tone dial switch. In fact the one I took to Oz many years ago had 4 switches if memory serves. Pulse, tone, and 2 others but I'm not sure what they were.
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Re: US-Japan Telephone Compatibility

Unread post by evilone » Fri Aug 26, 2011 6:11 pm

I had an american answering machine that wouldn't pick up in Japan. Think it had to do with the timing of the rings being different.

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