Telephone Answering Machine

Description (Brief)
In the late 1990s Motorola introduced this Pocketalk digital answering machine. Similar to a pager in construction, the Pocketalk allowed the user to hear an incoming phone message almost anywhere. Motorola designed the unit to make use of a special transmission network to which the user paid a monthly subscription. The incoming call would be recorded at a message center, digitized and sent to the transmitter nearest the Pocketalk’s location. While the network did not have complete coverage, most metropolitan areas could receive the signals. By 2000, advances in cellular telephones made the Pocketalk obsolete.
Currently not on view
Object Name
telephone answering machine
recording device
answering machine
date made
Motorola Inc.
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 9.1 cm x 6.5 cm x 2.3 cm; 3 9/16 in x 2 9/16 in x 7/8 in
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Work and Industry: Electricity
Magnetic Recording
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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