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Phone etiquette experts: How to be polite when sound quality sucks?

When I'm on the (cell) phone with another person, and I'm not able to hear what they are saying clearly, I get stuck. For persistent low-quality voice calls (i.e. when "can you talk a little louder" isn't the solution and "can you repeat that?" doesn't help), what can I do or say that doesn't make me look like an incompetent, impatient jerk? [more inside]
posted by RaRa-SpaceRobot on Jul 16, 2014 - 14 answers

Best way for New Yorker to have a cell phone when in London for a week?

I'm going to London from November 1st to November 7th and I want to be able to make and receive a few phone calls... [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Oct 7, 2013 - 6 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

Long Distance Rates For the Late Seventies and Early Eighties?

How much did long distance telephone calls cost in the late 1970s and early 1980s? I'm mainly interested in hearing about rates for the USA but data from other countries would be welcome as well. [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Mar 31, 2012 - 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

Mobile phone with dual SIM, wifi and SIP protocol support

Do you know mobile producers which provide dual SIM mobiles with wifi supporting SIP protocol? [more inside]
posted by fifigyuri on Oct 2, 2009 - 2 answers

Really cheap US incoming telephone service.

I'm looking for very inexpensive, inbound-only telephone service. Does such a thing exist? [more inside]
posted by vilcxjo_BLANKA on Aug 24, 2007 - 10 answers

How do I pick the right phone/internet plan?

Please help me figure out the most affordable, logical phone/internet package for my house. There are too many options, and I'm not quite sure where to start. [more inside]
posted by Dr. Wu on May 18, 2006 - 12 answers

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