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How to block outgoing calls

My Grandmother has dementia. She calls her old phone number 20+ times a day to ask for a ride home. Unfortunately, this number is now used by a business, the owner of which is not too pleased with the multiple phone calls a day. [more inside]
posted by backwords on Mar 6, 2014 - 30 answers

 

Yo Vlad wassup it's Barry. Hit me on the hip.

How do presidents call other presidents? With last week's phone call between President Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, it got me wondering how do heads of state call other heads of state? I imagine that one executive suite's switchboard calls the other's, but what's the diplomatic protocol for who picks up the phone first? Do they have super-secret phone numbers, or even phone numbers in the way we think of them? Are the calls private, or are is there an entire entourage listening in? Do they just hang up when they're finished, or is their an entire protocol for ending the conversation? What are some of the other "hidden" aspects of executive diplomatic communication and behind-the-scenes goings-on are there that the rest of us commoners never see?
posted by slogger on Oct 1, 2013 - 5 answers

Have you used a good temporary answering service?

Asking for recommendations for an answering service, with a live person that can answer our office phones for a week. [more inside]
posted by gemmy on Jan 10, 2013 - 4 answers

I'm the idiot on the phone help line that can't help you

I'm being forced to answer phones at work. I have NO clue and NO ability how to do this and I have to start NOW. How do I make this situation less horrible? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 7, 2013 - 26 answers

How to manage the logistics of a cellphone provider switch? Added Difficulty: Christmas Gift

We are switching from AT&T cell phone to service to Verizon, and I'd like to perform the switch smoothly while also using one of the new phones as a Christmas gift. Your advice on the proper procedure would be welcome. [more inside]
posted by Rock Steady on Nov 20, 2012 - 14 answers

Headsets save necks! (need a headset for cisco phone)

I need a recommendation for a headset to buy to use with my Cisco IP Phone 7960 series, ideally over-the-ear (not over-the-head) and around $50 or less. [more inside]
posted by de void on Oct 16, 2012 - 4 answers

Dial the area code or no? Why should it still matter?

Why is it that the phone company can't figure out whether or not an area code is needed when dialing - even when I can't - and just dial the number accordingly? [more inside]
posted by attercoppe on Sep 5, 2012 - 29 answers

prepaid SIM card for use in Germany, but shipped to USA?

I will be traveling in Germany for a week soon, and will need a cell phone while there. I won't be able to use my personal cell phone (incompatible with Europe) but I have an unlocked GSM phone that I've used in Europe before. Please help me find a SIM card (with German phone number) that I can order now and get delivered to the US before I leave for my trip. [more inside]
posted by intermod on May 29, 2012 - 11 answers

Please leave your answer after the beep.

Help me understand my landline phone problems and possibly buy a new one. [more inside]
posted by Obscure Reference on May 17, 2012 - 2 answers

Escaping Ma Bell’s Vile Offspring

Please share your experience purchasing local landline service from a Competitive Local Exchange Carrier. [more inside]
posted by audi alteram partem on May 14, 2012 - 13 answers

Calling from an iPhone on wireless in china

How can I call an american telephone number (landline or cell) from an iPhone that 1. Has only wireless, and 2. Is behind the Chinese firewall? [more inside]
posted by Rinku on Apr 15, 2012 - 5 answers

It's so nice to meet...where was I again?

How can I learn to stay focused while talking (and listening) on the phone, particularly in professional contexts? [more inside]
posted by brackish.line on Mar 28, 2012 - 6 answers

How do we make our PBX grow with our company?

Where should I look and what should I look at for replacing our old Norstar/Meridian PBX? Should we replace the hardware or switch to a hosted solution? [more inside]
posted by MrBobaFett on Feb 1, 2012 - 15 answers

Landline in Seattle?

Do I need a landline? Do they still exist in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Oct 13, 2011 - 21 answers

This is driving me and a lot of other customers batty.

Asking on behalf of someone who may not be interested in your anwers: please tell me about basic business telephone options. [more inside]
posted by jon1270 on Aug 10, 2011 - 13 answers

I'd like to call and leave myself a message. but apparently I'm unresponsive to myself.

GOOGLEVOICEFILTER: How do you call your number FROM your number and leave yourself a message? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Jul 25, 2011 - 4 answers

Why doesn't my landline ring?

Why isn't my phone ringing? [more inside]
posted by monkey closet on Jul 11, 2011 - 11 answers

Masking my landline's outgoing number, with another phone number.

I just moved to a new part of the state, and had a landline telephone installed through my local telco. I asked if they could port my old number (123)-xxx-xxxx to my new landline, and they said my old number was not in the same "Rate Center". I confirmed that they were telling the truth based on this AskMeFi post. I have the option to enable call forwarding from my old number to my new landline, which takes care of incoming calls. Now I am turning to you, the hivemind, to find out how to dial out from my new landline, and have my old number, (123)-xxx-xxxx, show up on other peoples' caller ID. I've done some searching and found a bunch of convoluted VoIP setups that would achieve this solution for me, but I'm not that technical, and I don't want to have to dial a million numbers just to make a single phone call from my land-line. Does the hive mind have any simple solutions?
posted by WhereAmI on Jul 6, 2011 - 4 answers

Need a new cell provider..

What GSM cell provider should I port my number to? [more inside]
posted by mistikle on Jun 6, 2011 - 11 answers

Help Me Dump AT&T

AT&T be gone. What are my options to have a land line at home? Can I use the phones I have? [more inside]
posted by snowjoe on Apr 21, 2011 - 11 answers

Public Speaking Over the Phone

How can I overcome my fear of giving presentations over the phone? [more inside]
posted by sabira on Apr 11, 2011 - 8 answers

Turkey to US communication?

Best (and easiest) options to call home to the US while in Turkey? [more inside]
posted by Sissinghurst on Mar 5, 2011 - 9 answers

Vintage Touch Tone Won't Dial

Vintage touch tone phone receives calls but won't generate tone. [more inside]
posted by chococat on Nov 29, 2010 - 6 answers

How to replace my landline for 4 cell users?

Require a replacement for my landline and the 30 bucks a month that it costs me as I now have 4 cell phones in the house. Require a telephone device that (a) rings on more than one handset (b) has access to cheap long distance (c) good quality and dependable. I realize Google Voice does a lot of this, but I'm in Canada and we don't have Google Voice available here yet or any indication of how soon it could be arriving. Is all of this possible without a landline? What services can you recommend to get me closer to my goal?
posted by gfroese on Nov 1, 2010 - 8 answers

Eh eh eh eh eh eh eh eh eh...stop telephonin' me

Toshiba Digital Business Telephone driving me nuts. Can you help me take control of this thing? [more inside]
posted by xiaolongbao on Jul 22, 2010 - 2 answers

Phone interview for a scholarship

What should I do to prepare for a (scholarship) telephone interview? [more inside]
posted by Gordafarin on Jun 22, 2010 - 6 answers

T-t-t-telephone

I got a phone number at a bar...Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 15, 2010 - 18 answers

Good Phone for the Could You Speak Up A Little Crowd

Loud, clear, land-line phone without feedback whine? [more inside]
posted by DU on Nov 20, 2009 - 4 answers

Answering Machine with white list to permit only certain callers

I would like to find a hardware answering machine that has some advanced controls to manage which incoming numbers can make the phone ring. [more inside]
posted by royalchinook on Oct 8, 2009 - 9 answers

Phone numbers to oblivion

PhoneFilter: For testing purposes I need phone numbers in the following categories: No Answer (just rings), Disconnected, Busy. [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac on May 8, 2009 - 9 answers

Asking people to call a phone number?

Are there any legal issues involved in asking people to call a telephone number? [more inside]
posted by 1001 questions on Mar 7, 2009 - 8 answers

New Comcast phone service, but old jacks no longer work

My mom switched to land-line phone service through Comcast, but now she only has one working phone jack. How do we restore functionality to the remaining outlets in the house? [more inside]
posted by blueberry on Dec 30, 2008 - 5 answers

Help, I've fallen, and I can't get up...

I need recommendations for a good "emergency autodialer" system for my grandmother. The general idea is that should she fall and break her hip (or whatever), she can hit a button on a pendant, and the system calls some preprogrammed numbers and delivers an emergency message. CTQs below... [more inside]
posted by juliewhite on Dec 11, 2008 - 9 answers

Trace a call that can't be traced?

What can I possible do about someone that is repeatedly calling my place of employment and hanging up? [more inside]
posted by hammerthyme on Oct 10, 2008 - 6 answers

DSL works, but I can't get a dial tone. Why?

No dial tone inside my house, but the DSL is working. When I plug a phone directly into the grey box (a.k.a. Network Interface Device) on the outside wall of the house, at the same time disconnecting the link from the phone company's incoming line to the wiring inside the house, I get a dial tone! It seems that the phone company is still providing service. The evidence is exactly what I'd expect if there were a phone off the hook inside the house... but there isn't. What else could be going on? [more inside]
posted by aws17576 on Aug 31, 2008 - 22 answers

What's better than Merlin PBX?

Small business phone system. Surely there must be something better than Merlin/PBX? [more inside]
posted by StickyCarpet on Jul 17, 2008 - 13 answers

how to tell if phone jack is functional

is this thing on? Phone jack not working. [more inside]
posted by giddygirlie on Jun 6, 2008 - 3 answers

Ping Pong Cellular Telephony: Chinese phones and US SIM cards

Phone from China, SIM card in the US: what do I need to know to make sure I have a working cell phone when I return to the US for a month or two this summer? [more inside]
posted by msbrauer on Jun 4, 2008 - 6 answers

How can I get a Trinibagonian phone number and forward it to an American phone?

Is there a cheap or free way to setup a phone number in Trinidad and Tobago and have it forward to an American number? Skype and Grand Central don't have numbers in that area code (868). A dozen other vaguely similar services don't, either. [more inside]
posted by Mo Nickels on May 20, 2008 - 2 answers

What's he dialling in there?

For the last month or two I've been hearing noises from the flat above me. Specifically, I hear a phone number being dialled (as if by a modem), followed by the standard telephone voice saying that the number dialled has not been recognised. This voice repeats itself for a while, before the whole process starts again. This goes on for hours at a time. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by xchmp on May 1, 2008 - 13 answers

How many SMS messages fit on a floppy?

Mathfilter: How many text messages (SMS) will fit on a floppy disk, or a CD-ROM? Once that number is derived, how much will it cost to send or receive that many messages if a consumer pays per message (American carriers or Intl carriers would be great)? [more inside]
posted by kenneth on Mar 3, 2008 - 6 answers

how can I keep my cell phone number cheaply while spending time abroad?

how can I keep my cell phone number cheaply while spending time abroad? [more inside]
posted by krautland on Nov 24, 2007 - 10 answers

Best way to sheathe an iPhone?

What's the best lightweight, unobtrusive and form-fitting iPhone case? [more inside]
posted by killdevil on Oct 21, 2007 - 20 answers

Indian Call Center advice?

Advice on hiring an Indian call center to answer after-hours calls for a law practice? [more inside]
posted by jayder on Sep 23, 2007 - 19 answers

Help me Program my Avaya Phone System.

Is there anywhere online or in print that provides help programming Avaya Partner Messaging "Automated Attendants"? [more inside]
posted by mikespez on Aug 21, 2007 - 5 answers

What kind of job can I get that involves working on the telephone from home and is challenging in some way?

What kind of job can I get that involves working on the telephone from home and that is challenging in some way? [more inside]
posted by lunchbox on Aug 18, 2007 - 15 answers

Sending recorded messages by phone

Looking for a device to send recorded messages over phone line via ethernet control. [more inside]
posted by MtDewd on Jul 2, 2007 - 3 answers

saving money to spend on more daytime cellphone calls!

How to be a (cheapskate) grown-up in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by twistofrhyme on May 30, 2007 - 8 answers

How To Sound-Proof a Room?

How can I regain my privacy wrt telephone conversations in a shared house? [more inside]
posted by gadha on May 2, 2007 - 13 answers

How to clean up phone audio using Audacity?

I've got a phone conversation that's going to become a podcast. How can I use Audacity to make it sound its best?
posted by jjg on Jan 22, 2007 - 11 answers

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