View Full Version : What do you call the part of a phone that is not the receiver?
07-30-2010, 04:22 PM
I think my question should be pretty self-explanatory. If you pick up a telephone receiver, what is the word for the rest of the phone, the part that's still sitting on the table or mounted to the wall? I feel like there is a word for this, but I have no idea what it is.
07-30-2010, 04:25 PM
the big part.
often called the base.
07-30-2010, 04:42 PM
I call it 'the telephone'; the part that I'm holding is 'the handset'.
But I do like 'the big part'.
07-30-2010, 04:44 PM
It is the base or possibly the cradle on certain types of phones.
07-30-2010, 08:56 PM
"Transmitter," "charger" or "base" in the various wireless phones I owned.
07-30-2010, 09:46 PM
Mickey Mouse (http://www.antiques-atlas.com/dealer-stock-images/kingdomantiques/as051a139b.jpg).
07-31-2010, 01:07 AM
It depends a lot on what kind of phone it is. On some wireless models the base is little more than a charger and wireless transmitter while the handset is "the telephone". On old style phones the bit you pick up is just the handset with microphone and speaker while the rest of it is "the telephone". I think it comes down to where the number pad and display are.
07-31-2010, 01:36 AM
Cradle. Or base I suppose. I've never owned a cordless phone that wasn't a cell phone though so
07-31-2010, 02:12 AM
Looks like the answer is probably "base" or "base station" for modern phones
According to wiki (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telephone) the parts of the telephone include:
keypad or dial
base or base station
This older style phone (http://www.telephonesuk.co.uk/images/746_image5a.jpg) has:
This really early style phone (http://www.oldphoneman.com/images/Telephone%2520Parts2use.gif) has:
For a more modern wireless phone (http://images.amazon.com/images/G/01/electronics/detail-page/tru546.jpg):
headset jack cover
handset battery compartment
various other keys....
handset charging contacts
In any case, a google image search for the term "parts of the telephone" gives a lot of good labelled diagrams for various types of telephones
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