Finally, in April 1992, the whole machinery has been replaced by a digital machine with no moving parts
The (digitized) voice has been provided by actress Joke Driessen and the clock is being kept accurate by German longwave transmitter DCF77
In accordance with international guidelines (the double-zero should be used as an international prefix), the number 002 has been replaced with 0900-8002
Though nowadays many people have digital wrist watches, mobile phones or computers telling the time accurately, the service is still being called approximately four million times a year, especially around New Year's Eve and when the daylight saving time changes.
The speaking clock (Norwegian: Frøken Ur, meaning Miss Clock) in Norway was in service between 1932 and 15 January 2007 14h00 local time
The service could be reached by dialling 09170 (1999–2007), and 170 (until 1999)
Of women who contributed with their voices for the service were actress Randi Brennes (–1992) and Kristin Johnson (1992–2007)
When the service ceased it still got about 2000–3000 calls per month.
The speaking clock in Poland is known as Zegarynka.
The service became first available in 1936 and it was using a device invented and patented in Poland
It was speaking with the recorded voice of actress Lidia Wysocka
The first cities to be equipped with this device were Katowice, Warszawa (dialing number 05), Gdynia, Toruń and Kraków (July 1936).
For many years the number was 926, but due to the EU regulations reserving all 3-digit numbers for emergency services only, it was changed in the early 2000s
The connection is charged on a per-minute basis
As of the year 2009 the number was changed to 19226.
To hear the current time in Russia you dial 100 or 060, depending on the city where this service is available
These calls are free if made from non-mobile phones
In Moscow, the Speaking Clock number is 100 if dialed from within the city, or +7-495-100-xxxx from other countries (where x can be anything)
At one time in Moscow there were advertisements before and after the announcement of the current time; this practice has since ceased.
The speaking clock in South Africa is reached by dialling 1026 from fixed or mobile networks and consists of a female voice reading the time in 24-hour format, alternating between Afrikaans and English