Hey CLEC, who called me?
April 13, 2012 6:00 AM Subscribe
Did telephone companies routinely keep records of *incoming* calls in the pre cellphone days?
posted by xetere to technology (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Asking for my wife who is writing a story and an issue is whether or not in 1990 (when story takes place) a phone company in the US (specifically New York, so figure Nynex in those days) would routinely keep records of a subscriber's incoming calls, like from say, a pay phone, if there was no court order or no call tracing involved.
In pre-cell days when you routinely got charged for making calls but not recieving them, your bill wouldn't show calls you got. But what if you had to prove so-and-so called you, and say so-and-so called from a pay phone. I know they had caller ID in those days, but would that info be available, say if a lawyer asked for it? Or since they didn't need it for billing, did they bother to record it?
Tried Google &c, but I haven't come up with anything specifically relating to my question. Answers range from tracing calls, to caller ID, etc. but not if Nynex could tell me who called me at 6:27PM on June 24th, 1989 if a lawyer sued them to get that info.
Anyone who perhaps worked for a phone company in those days?