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How can I safely use my iPhone 5 when I'm driving?

I want to make and receive calls when I'm driving, but I want to do it as safely as possible. I've tried two different Bluetooth devices, and they were both terrible. [more inside]
posted by akk2014 on May 24, 2014 - 16 answers

How best to get rid of office landline?

I work from home and have an established business phone number that I need to keep. I'd like to port the number somewhere that sends the call to voicemail and return the call with my cell phone. I don't need to call from the office number, just receive voicemails. Do you have any recommendations for services you like that are cheap? I found "parkmyphone.com" which says what I need would be $5/mo plus $20 transfer fee to port the number, but don't know if it is reliable. I don't know anything about Skype or voip solutions. GoogleVoice doesn't allow landlines to be ported into it. If it matters, I have an Android Galaxy S4 with T-mobile for my cell service. Thanks!
posted by DB Cooper on May 17, 2014 - 6 answers

Am I always going to be asking permission for Internet?

I bought a house, yay. The cable company won't serve me, boo. Why not? They say I have no legal path to get from their utility pole to my lot. The property owner next door is willing to give me permission to cross his lot but balked at an easement. What can I do? (Picture contained within.) [more inside]
posted by fireoyster on Feb 15, 2014 - 16 answers

"RA-1, Channel One. Special Service Air Channel."

Rockford, IL: So, I made this recording of a mysterious telephone loop in 1991... [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Dec 1, 2013 - 6 answers

How to troubleshoot the phones in my house.

I'm looking for pointers for troubleshooting the phones in our house. They seem to have been installed by Cheech and Chong and appear to be wired in series: one to the next. However, some work and some do not. [more inside]
posted by jquinby on Nov 16, 2013 - 4 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

Movies with telephone or phone booth scenes

Help me find movies with telephone or phone booth scenes! (even if said scene is only 10 seconds long). [more inside]
posted by mugitusqueboom on Jan 29, 2013 - 65 answers

Inbound-only telephone service?

Our church needs a telephone service which lets us (1) receive calls (outbound calls would be made on personal cell phones), (2) record inbound messages, (3) use our existing number, and (4) have our number published in the white pages. Does such a service exist that would meet all or most of these requirements?
posted by davcoo on Dec 5, 2012 - 9 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

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

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

Lightning Fixed My Landline. Really?

Could a bolt of lightning have fixed my landline? [more inside]
posted by BitterOldPunk on Jul 15, 2011 - 12 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

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

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

What are the yellow grids on telephone poles?

What are the yellow grids on telephone poles? [more inside]
posted by fixedgear on Feb 10, 2011 - 7 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

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

Can I use a 3G modem to make a voice call

Can you use a 3G modem+PC+soundcard+speakers+microphone to make a 3G Call. Just to clarify, I don't mean using a VOIP client such as skype connected to the internet using 3G. Thanks.
posted by gnujunk on Jun 18, 2010 - 6 answers

Security and authentication on the telephone

Two prominent, famous or 'important' people talk on the telephone. How does either the caller or recipient know they're actually speaking to the real person ? [more inside]
posted by selton on May 10, 2010 - 9 answers

Preparing audio files for 8khz

In preparing voice files for a final sample rate of 8kHz what can I do to ensure that the voice remains as warm and untinny as possible. [more inside]
posted by clarkie666 on Mar 2, 2010 - 5 answers

Conference room telephone setup

I need some help setting up a telephone system for a large conference room (about 50 people) for question and answers. [more inside]
posted by emmysue01 on Sep 22, 2009 - 6 answers

Fitting 2 phones on 1 line.

My (land line) phone splitter stopped working and I don't know why. [more inside]
posted by Obscure Reference on Aug 8, 2009 - 5 answers

There is a storm outside! Can I shower?

Am I safe showering during a thunder and lightening storm? [more inside]
posted by boulder20something on Jun 10, 2009 - 21 answers

Cordless phone mysteriously rings

Why is one of our cordless phones ringing when no call is coming in? [more inside]
posted by Joleta on Feb 7, 2009 - 12 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

Who is the voice of the Operator?

Who recorded the canonical telephone operator messages? She was responsible for classic hits like, "We're sorry, your call did not go through," and "If you'd like to make a call, please hang up and try again." [more inside]
posted by miffed on Nov 15, 2008 - 7 answers

I am looking for recommendations for telephonic conference calling services.

I am looking for recommendations for telephonic conference calling services. [more] [more inside]
posted by madamjujujive on Nov 23, 2004 - 4 answers

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