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You now have the power to choose Digital over VoIP or combine the two technologies.

The iPECS eMG80 adopts VoIP technologies running in optimized IP/TDM hybrid switching platform.

This means you can have the benefits of the lower cost VoIP SIP Trunks with the proven high-quality sound and service of a Digital phone.
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Though most of the Legacy Digital phone systems are no longer being manufactured or supported, they are still very prevalent and popular throughout the greater Palm Springs area.

Commtel Communications has been selling, installing and servicing these systems since the early 1990's.  Thus, our staff has extensive experience with these systems.  And as such, we still have product distribution lines available.

So, if you wish to keep using your existing Legacy system, we would be glad to assist you in maintaining them.

SIP Trunks are simply a virtual phone line that utilizes a Broadband Internet connection for access.  In other words, Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) trunking refers to the process of using voice over IP (VoIP) to connect private branch exchange (PBX) with the Internet.

Commtel provides professional grade and reliable SIP Trunks designed to enable top-level performance and features.

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For over 25 years, Commtel Communications has been Southern California's top choice to repair, upgrade or install a new business phone system and Data Network.  We understand that reliable communications equipment and infrastructure is a critical element to keeping your business operational. 

This is why we take the utmost care and consideration while engineering, implementing, and supporting your organization's Business Phone System and WiFi Network.

From design to installation and support, Commtel is truly your one-stop-shop.  We can provide every aspect of your communications.  As an ITSP (Internet Telephone Service Provider) we can provide your company with the most reliable and feature-rich SIP Trunks available. 

As a top reseller of the latest and greatest business telephone systems, we can provide the proper system to fit your organization's particular needs.  We have the knowledge and experience to take your company to the next level of business communications. 

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We truly are a one-stop provider for all of your communications needs.  As such, we have partnered with all of the top Broadband Internet providers available in the greater Palm Desert area.

All you need to do is make one call and we will advise you on the best solution that fits your needs.  We will handle the paperwork and the transfer of your infrastructure over to the new carrier.
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With features like Call Recording, AutoCLIP, SIP Forking, and a Visual Status Monitor, coupled with hundreds of additional practical features all without extra lincensing fees make for a dramatically lower total cost of ownership.

Commtel brings exceptional cost savings, productivity, and efficiency improvements while delivering power, performance, quality and peace of mind through the minds of the most advanced telecom manufacturers in the world today.

We will answer your questions, take extra care to develop a proper solution, and provide a cost-effective, advanced and quality solution to bring your business up to the current standards of communications technology.
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A Brief History of Communications for the Cities of Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Cathedral City, Thousand Palms, Indio, and the entire Coachella Valley

We believe that in order to fully understand the present and prepare for the future we must know our past

1850- The area that was to become the Coachella Valley was originally located within the boundaries of the County of San Diego.

1876- Alexander Graham Bell patents the telephone.

1882- The San Diego Telephone Company begins operations.  They started out with a total of thirty-one customers.  Like most communities starting out with this new technology, they were not yet connected to other phone companies outside of their area, so no long-distance.

1883- On October the 11th, the City of Riverside was incorporated.

1886- On August the 10th, The Sunset Telephone and Telegraph Company of San Fransico, announced that they would be making a great effort to extend their Los Angeles lines so as to embrace the cities of Cucamonga, Ontario, Colton, San Bernardino, and Riverside.

1890- December, the San Diego Telephone Company was purchased by the Sunset Telephone and Telegraph Company, lock, stock, and phone pole.

1893- May 2nd, the County of Riverside was formed, making the City of Riverside its county seat.  The new County of Riverside encompassed all of the lands that are known today as the Coachella Valley, which includes the future Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Ranco Mirage, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Cathedral City, Thousand Palms, Indio, Desert Hot Springs. and of course the City of Coachella.

In the very early years of our statehood, circa 1880, the largest Telephone Company was the San Fransico Based Sunset Telephone and Telegraph Company.  They covered the state from North to South with many vacant spots in between.  One of those rural vacant spots was our own Coachella Valley.

1897- The Sunset Telephone Company completed a line from San Diego up to the city of Santa Ana, thus connecting San Diego for the first time to other select telephone exchanges of California.  There was still a long way to go and a lot of wire to go with it before the state had a real far-reaching telephone network.  A typical telephone wire could support a decent talk path for no more than 100 miles out from the Central Office, without being relayed.

1898- The Sunset Telephone Company's Riverside exchange is planning to extend its service to Banning and Beaumont as well as other communities within the Southern California territory.  Eventually, this line will be connected with a Long-Distance line so that calls can be made to other points.

1903- The San Bernardino Home Telephone and Telegraph Company and the Redlands Home Telephone and Telegraph Company reports that they will be extending their phone services into Banning and Beaumont.

1905- The Southwestern Home Telephone and Telegraph Company constructed a new telephone exchange office in Banning.

1905- The Southwestern Home Telephone Company based in Redlands extended a telephone line into the Beaumont/Banning exchange office, thus linking the San Gorgonio Pass with Redlands and beyond.

1906- The Coachella Valley Home Telephone and Telegraph Company began operations out of their Thermal Central Office.  At this time service is limited to the Thermal, Indio, and Meca areas.

1908- The Home Telephone and Telegraph Company of Imperial Valley has been organized at El Centro, California.  Provisions have been made to install 1000 miles of telephone line, and it is possible that an alliance may be formed with the Coachella and Indio districts.  It is also reported that work on telephone lines coming from Redlands to Calexico, and from San Diego to Yuma, will be commenced at a very early date by this new Telephone Company.

1908- By a deal which has been consummated between the Pacific States Telephone and Telegraph Company, commonly known as the "Bell" or "Sunset Company," and the Southwestern Home Telephone and Telegraph Company, the former transfers to the latter all of its local lines, exchanges, instruments, connections, ect., except such as are used for Long-Distance purposes, in Relands, El Casco, Beaumont, Banning, Forrest Home, Hemet, San Jacinto, Sage, Bergman, Oak Grove, Perris, Warner's Ranch, Elsinore, Armado, Temecula, and Moreno.

To the people of the towns affected, the deal means that the Southwestern Company will have full control of the local business after February 1 and that the long-distance will be handled by the Sunset Telephone Company.

1917- The Indio Mutual Telephone Company reports that they are building telephone lines towards Palm Springs, CA.

1918- The Southwestern Home Telephone Company which operates in Banning, Beaumont, and parts of the Coachella Valley, issued an order forbidding the use of the wires for communication in the German language during the period of war.

1928- The Southwestern Telephone Company was sold to Western Utilities, Inc., they were the former owners of the California Water and Telephone Company.  However, they continued to operate under the name Southwestern Telephone Company until 1935 when Western Utilities consolidated its California Water and Telephone Company.

1931- Telephone service spread to the High Desert communities including Morongo, Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree, and Twentynine Palms.

1935- On August 20th, the Sweetwater Water Corporation changed their name to the California Water and Telephone Company.  Thus formally establishing telephone service for the greater Plam Springs area.

It has been recorded that the nickname for the above-referenced company was "Drip and Tinkle."

1936- Service to Palm Desert was established by the Coachella Home Telephone Company.

1940- Service to Thousand Palms was established by the Coachella Telephone Company.

1941- The war years.  Sad to say, If you ever want to accelerate technology and increase infrastructure just start a war, the bigger the war, the more stuff gets done.  Every branch of the military wanted to set up a base, post, or camp in the desert, and they did, and we won.

Note: At this point as a nation almost everything to do with communications had a sense of urgency with a flavor of National Security, sprinkled with a hint of secrecy.  We are now in the cold war race to the best and most.

1945- The AT&T Telephone Company has requested permission from the FCC to place an eight-tube underground conduit with coaxial telephone cable from Atlanta Georgia via Phoenix to Los Angeles through the San Gorgonio Pass at a cost of $5,000,000.00.  The new cable will supply a large number of additional long-distance circuits and will come on-line sometime in 1947.

1945- December 21st, the City of Desert Hot Springs came on-line with a new switchboard that can handle a whopping 500 telephone circuits.  It was reported that the residents and business owners were delighted with the new phone equipment.

1957- The California State Public Utilities Commission has authorized the California Water and Telephone Company to retain the emergency priority rules for new subscribers in exchanges where there are still serious facility shortages.

1960- The Coachella Telephone Company was acquired by the California Water and Telephone Company.

1964- The California Water and Telephone Company was acquired by General Telephone and Electronics Company (GTE).

1969- A fire broke out at the General Telephone Company repeater station located between Banning and Beaumont temporarily knocking out lease lines in the Palm Springs area and toll lines in the Desert Hot Springs and High Desert area.

2000- On June 20th, Bell Atlantic acquires GTE and changes the name to Verizon.

2015- On July 1st, Verizon sold their California wireline properties to Frontier Communications.

Thank you for visiting. I hope that you found this brief glimpse of history highlighting the role of telephone communications for our area interesting.  I know we left out a lot of folklore and interesting tidbits about who did what and why we'll just save that for later on.

Commtel Communications maintains an extensive library of technical history and events for the Southern California territory.  While this information is deemed to be accurate, it is by no means to be considered a scholarly reference.