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WE 1500D green   WE 2565 keyset   2660 aqua   WE 2631 Call Director with Speakerphone   WE 2752 Panel Phone with Speakerphone

 
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WE 300-SERIES     WE 500-SERIES     WE 1500-SERIES     WE AUTOVON SETS


The 2500 series was made by Western Electric from 1968 until the break up of the Bell System in 1984.

It was a natural upgrade to the 1500 series, using a 12-button Touch Tone dial and faceplate.  Many model numbers have the same last 3 digits as the rotary and 10-button sets they replace.

For similar sets in rotary or 10-button Touch Tone, see WE 500-series Types and WE 1500-series Types.

This page is intended to be a quick summary of the models produced and major functions.  Western catalogs and technical documentation only show the models that were in production or service at the publication date.  To understand the full scope of models produced we must compile data from many years of documents.

Each model had suffix letters that defined variations, such as manual/dial or number of mounting cord conductors.  Details can be found in the Bell System technical documentation (e.g. catalogs and BSPs - Bell System Practices).

Suffix codes are generally consistent with the 500-series codes shown here.

Most info in the chart is from manufacturer catalogs and ads plus discussions on the ATCA and TCI listservs.
No claim is made regarding accuracy or completeness.

If you're enjoying looking at this level of detail and haven't joined one of the phone clubs yet, see the links page.


If you're identifying a phone, you still need to check the internal components as many phones were refurbed and had internal components changed or removed.  If done in a Bell System refurb facility, the code on the bottom was usually repainted or remarked.  Many independent shops or field mods were not remarked with the accurate model number.


For color information, see: Phones in color!

This page is a work in progress.  Please send comments, additions and corrections.

Last update: 30 Nov 2013


 
SINGLE LINE AND SPECIALTY SETS
Photo
Major Functions
(all are desk sets unless noted otherwise.)
2500DM beige, single line
2500D
Basic single line desk set.
502-510-121
502-510-450
502-523-401
502-582-400
2500M

Single line w/ A-lead control for 1A2. 4-conductor mounting cord and terminal strip installed below dial.  Originally used in applications where the ringer circuit had to be brought out through the munting cord.

502-510-121
502-510-452
2500S Single line for speakerphones, including the 1A, 1A1, 3A and 4A. 10-conductor mounting cord, internal terminal strip, extra dial and switchhook contacts and separate ringer leads for speakerphone control.
502-510-121
502-510-454
502-582-402
512-622-405
512-620-410
512-710-405
Message Waiting Light
Message Waiting Light
2500Y

Single line w/ neon ringing/message waiting lamp for PBX

502-510-121
502-510-456
502-582-403
Exclusion Plunger
Exclusion Plunger
2502B

Single line w/ extension set exclusion and A-lead control for 1A2

502-503-102
502-515-121
502-515-438
502-533-401
2503

Used with Data-Phone equipment, with exclusion key.

502-503-120

2504
Equipped with a line switch which provides six transfer contacts and is arranged for two-wire service.  The set is convertible to four-wire service at installation. 
35C3B TOUCH-TONE Dial, N1A Ringer, 425G Network, exclusion switch assembly operated by lifting the left plunger, card-operated line switch. 
The ringer adjustment is on the left side along the bottom edge -- just behind the handset cord hole.
The set is arranged for mounting a KS-8109L1 Buzzer which is not furnished. 

Intended solely for specially engineered lines. Not for general telephone use.
529-225-102
WE Line Key
2-line turnkey
2510F
Two line desk set with turnkey for line selection
502-503-102
502-515-121
502-515-440
501-533-402
WE Line Key and Exclusion Plunger
2-line key and exclusion
2511F

Two line desk set with turnkey for line selection, extension set exclusion, speakerphone and A-lead control for 1A2, D20J spade tip mounting cord.

502-503-102
502-515-121
502-515-441
502-533-403
512-510-441
512-515-422
512-620-415
512-622-410
512-710-410
2511H Two line w/ extension set exclusion, speakerphone and A-lead control for 1A2, D20J line cord with D50 connector. 502-503-102
502-533-403
502-515-121
502-515-441

2512BC

With key for Secretarial exclusion  See WE Secretarial Sets

2511 mod
instructions
502-515-441
(Issue 2 Fig 5)
WE 2514
 
WE N1 Ringer Control
2514B
Single line with headset jack in back and headset mode/recall switch.  D10P cord.  Note ringer loudness control on lower left side of case.   See Photos. 502-503-110
502-520-124
502-582-404
WE Line Key and Exclusion Plunger
2-line key and hold
2515B

Two line w/ signal key and hold button, 6-conductor mounting cord

502-503-102
502-515-445
502-533-404
WE 2520 Hazardous Environment Set
2520B

Single line w/ industrial round wall enclosure - "explosive atmosphere"


G11A handset.


 See photos of similar rotary version.

502-415-100
502-415-204
WE 2526 Outdoor Set, open
2526B

Weatherproof housing for outdoor use, sold as components.

WE 2526 Outdoor Set, closed

502-503-125
502-582-415

2554B
Basic Single Line Wall Set
502-523-402
502-510-121
502-510-460
2558, 2-line switch 2555B

Two line w/ signal key and hold button

502-503-102
502-515-447
502-533-405
2558D

Two line wall w/ signal key, exclusion and control leads

502-503-102
502-515-121
502-515-448
512-510-443
512-515-424
502-533-406
512-620-418
512-710-412


 
KEYSETS  WE keyset  WE 2565

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Model
Major Functions
(all are desk sets unless noted otherwise.)
BSP
WE 2565 Keyset 2563HB
Keyset, 5 lines plus hold, headset 502-500-120
502-503-103
502-525-123
502-525-200
502-525-433
2564HL
Keyset, 5 lines plus hold, exclusion, wired for speakerphone and 1A 502-500-120
502-503-103
502-525-124
502-525-200
502-525-434
2565GK/HK
Keyset, wired for 3A speakerphone, 1A1, 1A2

GK: 6-line pickup.  Often used as night answering stations on PBXs such as 701, 740 and 756 because those require the use of a PU key converted for signaling to operate the hold circuit in the PBX.

HK: 5 lines plus hold. 
502-500-120
502-503-104
502-525-125
502-525-200
502-525-435
502-525-436
WE Keyset Exclusion Turnkey
Exclusion Turnkey
2565LK

Keyset, 4 lines plus hold, exclusion turn switch in rightmost key position (note vertical black line on the rightmost button). 
Wired for 3A speakerphone, 1A1, 1A2
502-500-120
502-525-125
502-525-200
502-525-437
WE 2565 Keyset 2568HAA
Keyset, 5 lines plus hold, relay for 2 or 4-wire operation. 502-500-120
502-503-103
502-532-121
502-532-432
502-543-410
512-620-430
WE 2630 Call Director, 18-button
Photo of a set in the JKL Museum

Call Director, 30-button with speakerphone in last position
Photo of a set in the JKL Museum
2623 Call Director, 18-button, used with Master Control Center of Electronic Switching System Offices. Light Gray (-61). WE Tel.Prod HB, 1975
2624
Call Director, used with the recorded announcement frame of the No. 1 Electronic Switching System (ESS). WE Tel.Prod HB, 1975
2626
Call Director, used with No. 307 Switching System. Black (-3)  "Not for general telephone use. Shall not be used unless specified by service order."
502-626-100
2630
2631

General purpose Call Director
   18-button
   30-button

Optional speakerphone transmitter in last keystrip position.
502-600-100
502-603-100
502-612-400
502-612-401
502-612-402
502-630-100
502-630-121
502-630-200
502-630-420
502-630-422
512-620-440
512-620-442
512-622-430
512-622-431
512-622-432
512-730-400
2632 Call Director for "limited use" - 18-button 502-600-100
2634 
2635
Call Director used with station line concentrators
   18-button
   30-button
502-600-100
502-603-101
502-612-403
502-612-409
502-634-121
502-634-421
512-620-444
512-622-434
512-622-435
512-730-400
WE 2637 Call Director, 30-button, headset
Photo of a set in the JKL Museum
2636
2637

General purpose Call Director with headset jack
   18-button
   30-button
502-600-100
502-603-101
502-612-404
502-612-405
502-612-410
502-612-411
502-636-121
502-636-421
502-636-423
2638
2639
General purpose Call Directors with headset jack used with station line concentrators
   18-button
   30-button
502-600-100
502-603-101
502-612-404
502-612-405
502-612-410
502-612-411
502-636-121
502-636-421
502-636-423

2682
2683
Call Director, for 2- or 4-wire operation.
   18-button
   30-button 
502-603-101
502-612-425

2684
2685
Call Director, solely for specially engineered lines.  "Not for general telephone use. Shall not be used unless specified by service order."
   18-button
   30-button
WE Tel.Prod HB, 1975
WE 2830 keyset
2830

10-button desk set

503-701-101
512-620-485
512-740-470
WE 2831, 20-button keyset
2831

20-button desk set

503-702-101
512-620-485
512-740-470
WE 2832 keyset for Comkey
2832
10, 11 or 13- button keysets used in Comkey 718 and 2152 systems (see BSPs)
11-button sets have HOLD, 7 line pickup, 2 intercom lines and RECALL.
13-button sets add Privacy Release and Ring Transfer
Variations for both desk and wall mounting.
503-701-110
512-620-487
512-740-471
WE 2833 keyset for Comkey
Set up for wall mounting
2833
20-button keysets used in Comkey 718 and 2152 systems (see BSPs)
HOLD, 14 line pickup, 3 intercom lines, RECALL and Privacy Release -OR- Ring Transfer.

Variations for both desk and wall mounting.
503-702-110
512-620-487
512-740-471
WE 2851 wall keyset, 6 buttons
2851

6-button wall set.

503-601-101
512-620-495
512-740-480
WE 2852 Wall Keyset, 10-buttons
2852
10-button wall set.
503-701-102
512-740-481



AUTOMATIC DIALERS  WE Card Dialer 2660  WE 2660

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WE 660-SERIES     WE 1660-SERIES     WE AUTOVON Dialer

Model
Major Functions
(all are desk sets unless noted otherwise.)
2660
2660 aqua
Photo of a set in the JKL Museum
Automatic Dialer - Uses plastic cards to store phone numbers to be automatically dialed.

A lead control. 

See Card Photos.
502-000-111
502-603-120
502-603-121
502-600-102
502-619-400
502-619-405
502-660-121
502-660-420
512-622-460
512-730-450
2662
WE 2662 Card Dialer
Keyset, 6-button Automatic Dialer - wired for speakerphone use. 502-600-102
502-603-130
502-603-131
502-619-402
502-619-406
502-660-122
502-660-422
512-622-462
512-622-462
512-730-455
2663
WE 2663 Card Dialer with headset jack and control
Photo of a set in the JKL Museum
Automatic Dialer - wired for headset use, has 242-type amp, jack in back and turnswitch for ON/OFF control. (52- or 53-type headset.)

May be used with 1A1, 1A2 or 6A KTS.
502-600-102
502-603-120
502-619-403
502-660-121
502-660-423
2664
WE 2664 Card Dialer
Keyset, 6-button Automatic Dialer -  wired for headset use, has 242-type amp, jack in back and turnswitch for ON/OFF control. 502-600-102
502-603-130
502-619-404
502-660-122
502-660-424
F-58554
F-58554 Card Dialer
Similar to the 2660, but uses a later F58553 dial to provide extended life in high usage applications.

Uses slightly smaller cards with rectangular holes.  Cards are not interchangeable with cards used with earlier model card dialers.

Available as an adjunct in a similar package without the handset or cradle - F-58556.
502-690-100
  Issue 1: 10/70

501-164-132
501-164-133
501-164-117
F-58555

(Similar to 2664)

Keyset, 6-button Automatic Dialer uses a later F58553 dial to provide extended life in high usage applications. 502-690-101
  Issue 1: 10/70
2671
WE 2671 CallAMatic Dialer
Call-a-matic dialer, 6-button keyset, magnetic tape memory for 500 14-digit numbers. 502-600-102
502-650-102
503-550-101



PANEL PHONES  WE Panel Phone 2750  WE 2750

Model
Major Functions
(all are wall sets.)
2750
Single line panel phone.  Mounted in a metal box recessed into the wall. Used on CO or PBX lines. Grill on front for ringer and knob for ringer adjustment. 502-700-102
502-730-401
502-732-401
502-750-100
502-750-430
2751
2-line panel phone with exclusion.
502-700-102
502-707-101
502-735-401
502-750-100
502-750-431
512-510-448
2752
2752 Panel, with speakerphone
Photo of a set in the JKL Museum
6-button keyset panel phone with 3-type speakerphone.
502-700-102
502-707-102
502-738-401
502-750-102
502-750-432
512-510-450
512-510-480
2753
2-line panel phone with hold 502-700-102
502-707-103
502-741-401
502-750-103
502-750-433
2754

6-button keyset panel phone

502-700-102
502-707-102
502-738-402
502-750-104
502-750-434
512-510-452
2755
WE 2755 Door Answering Set
Photo from Jeremy Walters
Apartment Door Answering set.  Door panel and frame are stainless steel.  Armored Cord.
Installed in the outer lobby.  Utilizes tenant's regular exchange service and special central office equipment.
512-520-100
512-520-400


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