Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 07-30-2010, 05:22 PM
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Elsewhere
Posts: 1,753
What do you call the part of a phone that is not the receiver?

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.
Old 07-30-2010, 05:25 PM
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 12,056
the big part.

often called the base.
Old 07-30-2010, 05:42 PM
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: The other Long Beach.
Posts: 3,061
I call it 'the telephone'; the part that I'm holding is 'the handset'.

But I do like 'the big part'.
Talking Pictures

Last edited by postcards; 07-30-2010 at 05:42 PM. Reason: needed a semicolon
Old 07-30-2010, 05:44 PM
Charter Member
Join Date: May 2000
Posts: 26,921
It is the base or possibly the cradle on certain types of phones.
Old 07-30-2010, 09:56 PM
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: The Internet. Since '84.
Posts: 6,460
"Transmitter," "charger" or "base" in the various wireless phones I owned.

Last edited by Superhal; 07-30-2010 at 09:57 PM.
Old 07-30-2010, 10:46 PM
Charter Member
Join Date: May 2000
Location: Lincoln, IL
Posts: 24,021
Mickey Mouse.
Old 07-31-2010, 02:07 AM
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: On the outside looking in
Posts: 9,945
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.

Last edited by Richard Pearse; 07-31-2010 at 02:08 AM.
Old 07-31-2010, 02:36 AM
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 14,275
Cradle. Or base I suppose. I've never owned a cordless phone that wasn't a cell phone though so
Old 07-31-2010, 03:12 AM
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Port Jefferson Sta, NY
Posts: 7,875
Looks like the answer is probably "base" or "base station" for modern phones

According to wiki the parts of the telephone include:

keypad or dial
base or base station

This older style phone has:

dust cover
dial mounting
line cord
handset cord

This really early style phone has:

clapper cover
hook switch
transmitter arm
transmitter faceplate
door screw
lighten arrestor
corner grommets
crank cover
transmitter cup

For a more modern wireless phone:

handset antenna
headset jack cover
handset battery compartment
handest earpiece
lcd display
memory key
talk key
various other keys....
handset microphone
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

Last edited by jackdavinci; 07-31-2010 at 03:15 AM.

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:12 PM.

Copyright © 2017
Best Topics: cat drinking soda cheesecloth lowes mustapha queen listerine alchohol latimes sudoku batman depressed what is deutschland fifty quid dogs masturbating porn theme song the maxx iz prussia name enclosed refrigerator cabinet ugly mustang cartman hitler line keeping crickets swear words song white fluorescent paint nyquil overdose amount los alamos meaning pornstar action figures jet beatles investigator vs detective brig prison kpsi unit immoral vs unethical m16 jam nemesis examples plants trigun can everybody whistle taint boil stock monster roar coors porcelain personalized license plate ideas for convertibles water on keyboard keys not working does enterprise charge mileage song with one word repeated range of a cessna 172 how to clean up styrofoam balls time warner cable important information action required popping lower back feels good frodo from lord of the rings what are those earrings that stretch your earlobes how long media mail banana in the tailpipe wool blankets with satin binding import cars from australia amos and andy blackface who was the first athlete to make a million dollars loaded questions game questions how to remove a cast iron bath tub united states bearer bonds merge at&t and directv accounts lysol on genital herpes us army employer address cherry tree vs cherry blossom are bow ties business professional does masturbation shrink your penis buying cars without title most valuable star trek action figures how do diuretics affect the kidneys why does it feel good to clean your ears fat guy from star wars