dial tone


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dial tone

n.
A low, steady tone in a telephone receiver indicating that a number may be dialed.

di′al tone`


n.
a steady telephone tone indicating that the line is ready for dialing.
[1890–95]
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WiMacTel announced the signing of a multiyear agreement with Birch Communications for the provision of dial tone services for the majority of WiMacTel pay phones nationwide in the USA.
Fabbricatore, chairman of the board and CEO of CTC, reported that Syracuse, joins Rhode Island, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Buffalo and Albany New York, as the latest market in which CTC is offering packet-based local dial tone services.
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