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?
I use and love Google Voice on my Mac. I have on old dial telephone with a plastic clippy connector on the cable (so it's not that old, I guess). Is there any device that would let me connect the old phone to the Mac? I'm sure I couldn't dial through the old phone, but could I use it for talking? I want to be able to trip passersby with my sproingy phone cord, like in the olden days.
What's the current state-of-the-art for recording a telephone conversation? [more inside]
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Best (and easiest) options to call home to the US while in Turkey? [more inside]
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My boyfriend will be in Sierra Leone this summer conducting research for his dissertation. He's looking for recommendations for satellite phone and/or internet service. [more inside]
My alarm system uses one main phone line and one backup phone line to check in with the security service company by, apparently, dialing and transmitting tones to a 1-800 number. Paying $40 each month, even for two measured lines, seems quite unnecessary, if a cheaper "VOIP" replacement could help instead. [more inside]
Vintage touch tone phone receives calls but won't generate tone. [more inside]
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?
Is it still important to make a follow-up call on a job application these days? [more inside]
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What is the simplest and cheapest way to hold onto a telephone number? [more inside]
Toshiba Digital Business Telephone driving me nuts. Can you help me take control of this thing? [more inside]
Is it possible to use call forwarding on the iPhone (3G) to route calls from specific known phone numbers straight to voicemail? If so, how? [more inside]
What should I do to prepare for a (scholarship) telephone interview? [more inside]
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.
I got a phone number at a bar...Now what? [more inside]
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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]
I need to dedicate individual phone numbers to each client, but want centralized control over where each individual phone number ends up ringing. It's not Google Voice I'm looking for, it's...? [more inside]
I'm looking for a device or setup that will allow me to record calls on a cell phone (preferably using the 2.5" headset jack). Radio shack seems to have recently discontinued their Wireless Phone Recording Controller, Cat. #17-855, which is exactly the kind of thing I'm looking for. Can anyone point me to a similar item? [more inside]
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]
A friend keeps getting repeated calls from an unlisted number, no one answers when she picks up. What can be done to stop the calls besides changing phone nuber? [more inside]
Home telephone wiring is a rats' nest - I want to move an old line to my VOIP connection, using existing home wiring. Help! [more inside]
Legal status of inadvertently sent (supposed to be internal) automated test calls which could be viewed as "prank calls" that go accidentally to 7-13 unsuspecting recipients. And more. YANML i know, please read details. [more inside]
Loud, clear, land-line phone without feedback whine? [more inside]
I might have to pay money for a service I basically never used. Any creative ideas on how to get my money's worth post situation? [more inside]
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]
Do you know mobile producers which provide dual SIM mobiles with wifi supporting SIP protocol? [more inside]
I need some help setting up a telephone system for a large conference room (about 50 people) for question and answers. [more inside]
New baby in the house, easily awoken by telephone ringing, so I am after a phone that can be muted, with visual ring indicator, and preferably a multi hand set dect type if possible. I am in the UK.
Asking for a not-so-tech-savvy friend... Is Ooma VOIP a decent service? Does anyone have any personal accounts to share? [more inside]
Am I safe showering during a thunder and lightening storm? [more inside]
I'm spending about UKP65 on phone, cell/mobile phone and broadband Internet each month. How can I consolidate all these options into something cheaper but just as reliable? [more inside]
PhoneFilter: For testing purposes I need phone numbers in the following categories: No Answer (just rings), Disconnected, Busy. [more inside]
Is the ticking on my new cordless phone a result of interference from my old wireless router? [more inside]
Are there any legal issues involved in asking people to call a telephone number? [more inside]
PhoneNetworkFilter: Help me find government reports (or any official-ish industry reports) that give statistics for the failure rates of various phone systems under various conditions in the USA. [more inside]
Why is one of our cordless phones ringing when no call is coming in? [more inside]
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]
Would the landline telephone system be completely down after a nuclear strike on ~20 U.S. cities? [more inside]
Where can I buy an upright non-voip telephone? [more inside]
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]
I've unplugged all my home phones. What should I hear if I call the number, and my service is working properly?
Can I set up a U.K. land line to forward incoming calls to a U.S.-based number? [more inside]