A top selling phone from the BT Converse range, the Converse 180 offers convenient and time saving features including a 10 number memory, on hook dialling and easy access to BT Select Services. The call indicator light and ringer volume control make the phone ideal for the busy office environment.

Approval Number is S/2981 /3/R/5 03077

Converse 180 has a REN of 1.

Technical Information
The Converse 180 has been approved for use of the following facilities:

  • Number of direct memories - 10

  • On hook dialling

  • Visual ring indicator

  • Last number redial

  • Mute button

  • Ringer volume control

  • On-hook volume control

  • Pause button

  • Recall button

  • Ringer pitch control

  • Wall mounted for additional security

  • Touchtone dialling

  • ELR/TBR switchable

  • Pulse/tone switchable

Any other usage will invalidate the approval of the apparatus if, as a result, it then ceases to conform to the standards against which approval was granted. You may connect it to:-
• Direct exchange lines providing Loop Disconnect (LD) or Multi-Frequency (MF) signalling and Earth or Timed Break Recall facilities.

Extensions with new plug and socket arrangements provided with these direct exchange lines:-
• Compatible switchboards
• As an extension to a payphone.

You may not connect it to:-
• Shared service (party) lines

From August to December 1994, 7 corded telephones were launched as an overhaul to the existing Relate and Vanguard ranges.  The new range has been split, within the BT portfolio, to have residential products (new Relates) separate from business products (new Converses).

New Relate range is; Relate 80, Relate 180, Relate 250
New Converse range is; Converse 100, Converse 180, Converse 250, Converse 400

The new Relate range listed above will support Time Break Recall ONLY. The new Converse range will support both Earth Loop and Time Break Recall. Earth recall is mechanical and as such, cannot be programmed into digit strings, unlike TBR. This also makes the new Converse range Renown and 2+8 compatible.

Storing Numbers in Memory
You can store up to 10 numbers.

  1. Pick up the handset or press MONITOR.
  2. Press STORE.
  3. Press one of the memory keys.
  4. Key in the phone number you want to store.
  5. Press STORE again.
  6. Replace the handset or press MONITOR as appropriate.
  7. Write down the name of the person whose number you have just stored.

When storing numbers you may hear dialling tone and various other messages which come from the exchange. You should ignore these whilst programming numbers in the memory stores.

Dialling Stored Numbers

  1. Pick up the handset or press MONITOR.
  2. Press the memory key of the number you want to call. The Converse 180 will automatically dial the number.

Using SAVE
SAVE allows you to either store a number you have just dialled into the Save memory store or Save number given by a caller whilst on a call.

  1. To save a number you have dialled, just Press the SAVE button after dialling your number. This automatically transfer that number to the save memory store.
  2. Whilst on call you can store a telephone number given by the caller by Pressing STORE then SAVE followed by the number then STORE again.

To recall the content of SAVE, lift the handset or press Monitor then Press the SAVE button.

On-Hook Dialling

  1. Press MONITOR.
  2. The red light will come on.
  3. When you hear the dialling tone, dial the number required.
  4. If the call is answered, then pick up the handset. The light will go out.
  5. Replace the handset when finished

Keeping The Stored Numbers
If the phone is unplugged from it’s socket, the numbers will be held in memory will remain for five minutes.


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