As well as the self-contained table phones, the candlestick design was widely used from c1900. Originally, the solid back transmitters had to be held in a fixed position, unlike the Ericsson style handset shown in the previous phones.

In Britain, the candlestick was the standard phone through to the Telephone 150, from the 1920s, featuring a bakelite mouthpiece and Dial No 8 for automatic working. By the 1920s, however, the more rugged insets were being used. The phone contains few components and the bell, induction coil and capacitor were provided in a separate bell set.