That was probably designed to be used for a DUAL phone system. (Two
phone lines). R + G are always the first phone line, and Y + B are the
Since you wanted both jacks on the same line, you had to change the
wires. So what's the problem?
How come the plug on the end of the phone cord isn't called a JILL?
After all, it plugs into a JACK. :)
I'd be very surprised if what you bought is backwards. I've never
seen that Unless you bought the stuff at a dollar store. That's the
kind of thing they would sell. (Check out Jay Leno's shopping trips
with various mismarked things people send in from dollar stores.)
That said, I never worry about polarity until somthing doesn't work,
and it's been 15 or 20 years since something didn't work (that was a
trouch tone phone that wouldn't make tones unless it was connected
right, or the jack was wrong.)
I suppose if the polarity was reversed between two phones and you held
one to your left ear and one to the right, you'd losse a lot of bass.
As with stereo speakers. But that hasn't come up.
It is a standard "feature" of phone cords that the tip-ring colors are
swapped end-to-end. Look at the wire connections through the plastic
plug. As a result a coupler, to connect 2 phone cords togetether, also
has to do a swap (I just checked one to verify). (That is - "1-2-3-4" at
one plug/jack is "4-3-2-1" at the other.)
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