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Phones ‘N Things has been providing business and residential solutions for the St. Paul / Minneapolis area since 1984. If you’re looking for a phone system - purchasing a new or used phone - in need of a service call - phone repair or part - you’ve come to the right place! Phones ‘N Things carries an extensive inventory of telephones from the past to the present including single, multi-line, and cordless telephones for your home or office!

 

When AT&T deregulated the phone industry in 1984, owner Max Ratner, opened his first store on Rice Street in St. Paul, Minneapolis.  In the late 80’s and early 90’s, three more stores were opened: Grand Avenue, Lexington & Larpenteur and Lake & Hennepin.  By 2000, they were consolidated into one location at Rice Street & Hwy 694.  Highway construction in August ’06 necessitated another move to his present location at 1897 Rice St.  He continues to offer a unique buying experience in person and over the Internet, serving both business and residential customers.  Max’s attention to detail and his personal fascination with telephones, particularly “old phones” has allowed his passion to stay alive for over 23 years!  From installing multi lined telephone systems for both large and small businesses, to restoring old relics like wooden wall crankers or cleaning touch pads on push button phones, Max has done it all!

 

WHY PHONES ’N THINGS?

 

WHAT THEY OFFER:
PHONES ‘N THINGS continues to match the pace of the ever changing telecommunications market.  Businesses today require sophisticated equipment to merge with their computers, fax machines and multi line needs. That means selling state of the art telephone equipment and offering superior service and installation.


THE TEAM:
Max and his team specialize in finding the best applications for their customers’ individual telecommunication needs. Whether it’s for a business or home, customer service is top priority.  Full demonstrations of product use and warrantees are included; “above and beyond” most retailers or service departments.

 

Leeanne Barr, with over 15 years of experience in retail at major department stores, handles publications and merchandising.

 

Tim Thurnbeck, our lead installer, has been in the telecommunications industry for over 20 years. His expertise and attention to detail guarantees our customers a first rate installation and follow up. His customers fondly refer to him as "Tim, The Telephone Man." Tim specializes in the following menu of products and installation services:


-NEC, PANASONIC, NORTEL, AVAYA, AT&T, IWATSU, VODAVI, INTERTEL, SAMSUNG, PROSTAR
-VOICE/DATA CABLING, PAGING, DVR/CAMERA SYSTEMS, EMERGENCY SERVICE CALLS, AND OTHER LOW VOLTAGE APPLICATIONS.

 

SPECIAL SERVICES:
The lost art of phone repair and restorations is alive and well at PHONES ‘N THINGS where they have been dedicated to recycling long before it became a social concern. Retro is back, yet Max has been selling and collecting retro phones for years.  These phones were designed to last! Remember the Princess phones of the 60s?  How about the old finger wheels?  An extensive library of vintage parts allows him to handle most repairs.  If he doesn’t have it, he’ll find it - recently as far away as Norway!

 

In this fast-paced world that encourages disposal of everyday conveniences to make way for the latest trend,
PHONES ‘N THINGS and the Western Electric Store still care for the traditions of the past.

 

Visit PHONES ‘N THINGS and the Western Electric Store where traditional service is served up
in these non-traditional times!

If you're having phone problems:
Trouble hearing on your phone?
Numbers too small to read?
Cords twisting?
Buttons sticking?
Ringer needs adjusting?

Feel like throwing your old phones out?
WE HAVE A BETTER SOLUTION!

"New isn’t always better"
The most unique part of our business is that
“WE FIX PHONES”
ANTIQUE>RETRO>MODERN>NOVELTY>CORDLESS>BUSINESS>PAY PHONES
and locate hard-to-find replacement parts
for your home or office.

“We buy, sell, trade and recycle telephones of all kinds.”

BRING OR SEND FOR IMMEDIATE SERVICE!

 

 

Phone:

(651) 787-DIAL (3425)

Refer to Promo Code: WECO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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