ALERT

[WEBINAR] Building a Business-Driven Data Architecture

Speed Dial

Definition - What does Speed Dial mean?

Speed dial is a function that is available on telephones which provides an easy method of calling a telephone number by pressing fewer digits on the keypad. The tool enables one to save, organize, and have easy and quick access to regularly dialed numbers.

Techopedia explains Speed Dial

Speed dial was introduced in the early 1960s, and was displayed at the Bell Systems Pavilion at the 1962 World's Fair. This system used punch cards to store the phone numbers, and when someone wished to dial a particular number, the corresponding punch card was fed through a slot on the phone and dialed automatically.

However, speed dial did not become common until the 1980s when touch tone phones had become commonplace. The electronic touch tone phones made it possible for individuals to program and re-program speed dial numbers as needed. Typically, a phone number could be assigned to each digit, one through nine, and then to dial that phone number, one would hit a "speed dial" button followed by the corresponding number on the keypad. It was also common for phones to have specific speed dial buttons intended for emergency services.

With the rise in use of cell phones, speed dial is not as commonly used, as most people simply choose what number they wish to call from their contacts list.

This definition was written in the context of Telephones

Connect with us

Techopedia on Linkedin
Techopedia on Linkedin
Tweat cdn.techopedia.com
"Techopedia" on Twitter


'@Techopedia'
Sign up for Techopedia's Free Newsletter!

Email Newsletter

Join thousands of others with our weekly newsletter

Resources
Free Whitepaper: The Path to Hybrid Cloud
Free Whitepaper: The Path to Hybrid Cloud:
The Path to Hybrid Cloud: Intelligent Bursting To Amazon Web Services & Microsoft Azure
Free E-Book: Public Cloud Guide
Free E-Book: Public Cloud Guide:
This white paper is for leaders of Operations, Engineering, or Infrastructure teams who are creating or executing an IT roadmap.
Free Tool: Virtual Health Monitor
Free Tool: Virtual Health Monitor:
Virtual Health Monitor is a free virtualization monitoring and reporting tool for VMware, Hyper-V, RHEV, and XenServer environments.
Free 30 Day Trial – Turbonomic
Free 30 Day Trial – Turbonomic:
Turbonomic delivers an autonomic platform where virtual and cloud environments self-manage in real-time to assure application performance.