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Old dial phone, new Google voice--can they be friends?

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.
posted by largecorp on Jun 29, 2011 - 8 answers

Best way to record a phone call?

What's the current state-of-the-art for recording a telephone conversation? [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Jun 28, 2011 - 1 answer

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

It must ring loudly and proudly.

I need a external telephone ringer that is similar to the Doro Ring Plus Teleflash that will work in the US on a VoIP telephone. Specific product details inside. [more inside]
posted by Mister Fabulous on May 20, 2011 - 7 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

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

I bless the rains down in Africa.

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]
posted by eunoia on Feb 2, 2011 - 3 answers

VOIP to Replace Security System Hardlines

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]
posted by glibhamdreck on Jan 19, 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

To have your application placed in the circular file, press "1".

Is it still important to make a follow-up call on a job application these days? [more inside]
posted by SansPoint on Sep 14, 2010 - 22 answers

How to have only an outgoing message?

How can I have a phone number play a pre-recorded message and hang up? [more inside]
posted by ooklala on Sep 4, 2010 - 8 answers

Don't want to give up my telephone number

What is the simplest and cheapest way to hold onto a telephone number? [more inside]
posted by _sirmissalot_ on Aug 9, 2010 - 12 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

iPhone fun.

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]
posted by Asherah on Jul 7, 2010 - 4 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

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

ICT for dummies

Where can I learn - in a hurry - the technological basics of the telecommunications/internet infrastructure? [more inside]
posted by moorooka on May 14, 2010 - 5 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

I need a telephone solution for client-side support

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]
posted by GamblingBlues on May 5, 2010 - 7 answers

How can I record calls easily on my cell phone?

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]
posted by cosmic.osmo on Apr 11, 2010 - 5 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

Unlisted cell phone calls, possibly automated marketing.

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]
posted by Mayhembob on Feb 4, 2010 - 14 answers

hacking old telephone lines.

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]
posted by swngnmonk on Jan 5, 2010 - 9 answers

Yes my refrigerator is running, and you need to get a lawyer

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]
posted by anonymous on Nov 21, 2009 - 10 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

Creative Ideas to get my money's worth post facto-

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]
posted by priested on Nov 9, 2009 - 2 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

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

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

silent telephone needed

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.
posted by spyke23 on Aug 17, 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

Is Ooma a good phone service?

Asking for a not-so-tech-savvy friend... Is Ooma VOIP a decent service? Does anyone have any personal accounts to share? [more inside]
posted by hippybear on Jun 23, 2009 - 6 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

Seeking broadband + phone + mobile consolidation options (UK).

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]
posted by BrokenEnglish on May 16, 2009 - 7 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

Is the ticking on my new cordless phone a result of interference from my old wireless router?

Is the ticking on my new cordless phone a result of interference from my old wireless router? [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain on Mar 15, 2009 - 8 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

bee Bee BEEP - Im sorry, this call has been disconnected

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]
posted by DetonatedManiac on Feb 18, 2009 - 1 answer

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

How much of the telephone and Internet systems would survive a nuke?

Would the landline telephone system be completely down after a nuclear strike on ~20 U.S. cities? [more inside]
posted by wastelands on Dec 28, 2008 - 9 answers

Upright non-voip telepone hunt

Where can I buy an upright non-voip telephone? [more inside]
posted by devnull on Dec 23, 2008 - 6 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

Bell bug?

I've unplugged all my home phones. What should I hear if I call the number, and my service is working properly?
posted by Chuckles McLaughy du Haha, the depressed clown on Dec 2, 2008 - 14 answers

Forwarding U.K. calls to U.S.

Can I set up a U.K. land line to forward incoming calls to a U.S.-based number? [more inside]
posted by computech_apolloniajames on Nov 26, 2008 - 10 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

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