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chyna's avatar

Does anyone know the reason the key pad on a telephone is the exact opposite of a calculator keypad?

Asked by chyna (42662points) February 2nd, 2009

Kind of frustrating when you work in an office and are trying to use both at the same time.

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asmonet's avatar

Ha, when I was an Operator for Hyatt I dealt with that all the damn time.
I don’t know why, but I completely understand your frustration.

chyna's avatar

I’ve dropped a few cuss words over this.

asmonet's avatar

Me too. :)

jrpowell's avatar

Some info here.

Harp's avatar

In 1960, when Bell labs was trying to figure out the best layout, they tested several possible configurations, including the standard adding machine layout. The layout we now have was chosen as representing the best combination of speed and user accuracy. Here’s a copy of the actual Bell Labs report describing the study.

Harp's avatar

Sorry, wrong link. Here’s the study.

chyna's avatar

@Harp and JP Thanks, both links were very infomative, though I thought the answer would be more clear cut.

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