Celebrating 100 years
Main office on West Blanchard Road in Winn
Winn Telephone Company organized January 2nd, 1908. Prior to this time a number of people owned lines serving the community with limited service. Long distance calls were made through Michigan State Telephone Company who had toll service from Shepherd to the Starkweather building (now Winn Shopping Center) where the switching was done by alligator clips and a piece of short wire connecting farm lines to the toll circuit.
On March 16th, 1916, The Winn Telephone Company was incorporated. In April 1916, the first switchboard was purchased and installed for $208.09. The telephone rates at that time were $1.00 per month. The switchboard was moved and operated out of various residences until 1922 when it was again moved to a building on the main street where it remained until 1959.
In 1959, used dial equipment was purchased from General Telephone Company and service was cut over on November 1st, 1959 from magneto to automatic dial service serving 175 patrons. At this time, the equipment was moved into a new cement block building on Blanchard road. With increased requests for service, larger equipment was needed. In June 1965, new Automatic Electric dial equipment was purchased.
In 1985 a new Stromberg switch was installed offering many special features like call waiting and 3 way calling. In 1994 the Stromberg switch was replaced with a new Nortel switch that is still in place with several upgrades. The Company now offers Internet and DSL high speed Internet service. Currently Winn Telephone has over 700 access lines.
In 1990, subsidiary Wincel Cellular was formed. Cellular phones and equipment along with Century Cellunet wireless service were sold out of the Winn Telephone office. In 1996, Wincel moved to Mt Pleasant as they continued to grow. They now sell Alltel wireless service.
In 2000, another subsidiary, Winn Telecom was formed and is located in the same building as Wincel. Winn Telecom is a CLEC operation, which means it, can go into Verizon and SBT areas and provide service. They now have offices in Gaylord and Alma and offer service in much of the Central Michigan area. Telecom offers landlines, Internet, Direct TV and Wild Blue services.
Through good times and bad the company has continued to grow. Winn Telephone has come along way in 100 years.
Located in Winn, Michigan in southwest Isabella County, Michigan, Winn Telephone has been a part of this community and surrounding area for almost 100 years.
Call 989-866-2421 for information regarding telephone services, internet connections, and billing.
Telecommunications Association of Michigan(TAM)
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Winn Telephone Company, 2766 W. Blanchard Road, PO Box 367
Winn, MI 48896. Telephone 989-866-2421 Fax 989-866-2205