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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

Keep your phone, or else.

Why does my cable company (Cox) really really want me to keep my phone service with them? [more inside]
posted by Futurehouse on Oct 6, 2008 - 7 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

Renters and Telephones

Telephone lines: whose obligation? Renting in an unincorporated area [more inside]
posted by small_ruminant on Aug 28, 2008 - 4 answers

Communicatus Interruptus: DO NOT WANT!

TelephoneFilter: How do I turn off call waiting for *incoming* calls? [more inside]
posted by Citrus on Aug 2, 2008 - 20 answers

What's the cheapest way for a traveller to call Germany from S. Africa?

I'm traveling to South Africa next week, and need to make regular calls to Germany. I'm from the UK and have a UK mobile. What's the cheapest way to do this? [more inside]
posted by gkhewitt on Jul 18, 2008 - 5 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

Learning how to troubleshoot T-Carrier equipement

I'm looking for some good books and other resources about troubleshooting T-carrier problems at the DS1 and DS3 level. [more inside]
posted by 14580 on Jun 18, 2008 - 1 answer

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

Privacy and GrandCentral?

I am thinking of using GrandCentral for my telephone needs, and want to know the safety and privacy of the service. [more inside]
posted by ooklala on May 9, 2008 - 7 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

Help with MS Outlook 2002

I am using a computerized telephone management system called Advanced Call Center. One of its features is it emails me whenever I receive a call at my business. That feature needs and uses the Telephone Applications Programming Interface (TAPI) feature within Outlook to function. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Apr 20, 2008 - 4 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

Avoiding RJ-11

I’m planning the wiring for a new home, and I'm paralyzed by the variety of options for getting phone service throughout the house. Do I even need RJ11 any more? What's the best way to link up VoIP and POTS to a CAT6 home phone system? [more inside]
posted by JParker on Feb 11, 2008 - 25 answers

Don't push me, 'cause I'm close to the edge...

I just received an anti-Huckabee push poll. Who was it from? [more inside]
posted by ND¢ on Jan 17, 2008 - 11 answers

Going completely Skype, wireless and mobile?

I live in a semi-rural area and am incredibly frustrated with my area's landline phone provider. The provider has a monopoly in the area and delays fixing constant faults for many weeks. I want to go completely Skype, wireless and mobile. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by zaebiz on Dec 31, 2007 - 7 answers

Voice over internal modem?

Is it possible to use the modem in an iBook running Tiger to send and receive voice messages? [more inside]
posted by ooklala on Dec 14, 2007 - 4 answers

international call costs

How much will it cost to call my friend in Africa? [more inside]
posted by M.C. Lo-Carb! on Dec 10, 2007 - 12 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

What is the proper name of these telephone voice-based BBS-like systems and does anyone else remember them?

While growing up in Houston in the mid-late 90s, I somehow became aware of several local phone-based voice computer entertainment systems (for lack of a better term). They offered games (in which you punched numbers on the phone keypad to play) like Telefun Trivia, Operation Desert Wolf and something called Pika Farmer, voice dating services (in which you listened to or recorded personal voice ads), random informational services (a life expectancy calculator), horoscopes, news and weather, etc. - all via a menu system at one phone number. What were/are these services called and what other information is available about them? Does anyone else actually remember them? [more inside]
posted by dustinAFN on Oct 15, 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

How do you break the telephone barrier?

How do I turn friendly acquaintances into real friends? [more inside]
posted by serena15221 on Sep 2, 2007 - 17 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

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

How to Emulate/Fake a telephone area code

How to legally and economically emulate a remote telephone area code so to a person receiving my call, it appears I am calling from their area code? [more inside]
posted by lometogo on Aug 12, 2007 - 5 answers

What's a fun way to get these guys to stop calling me?

How can I prank this evil debt collection company? [more inside]
posted by gum on Aug 9, 2007 - 41 answers

The cost of picking up the phone

How much do companies spend on call centers? [more inside]
posted by diastematic on Jul 2, 2007 - 10 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

Long distance telephone/VOIP options (USAustria)

Long distance options between USA and Austria (VOIP preferred on Austria end) [more inside]
posted by sdis on Jun 27, 2007 - 8 answers

Parking or forwarding my phone number, while living abroad

I know that phone numbers can be moved from carrier to carrier, but I'm moving outside the country for a while. Can I "park" my fantastic mobile number and reclaim it when I return? [more inside]
posted by cmiller on Jun 21, 2007 - 10 answers

YouMailFilter: Where can I download fake telco "out of service" messages?

I've been loving YouMail for the past year, as a replacement for VerizonWireless' sucky voicemail, but I've only now started playing around with it's individualized greeting/"ditchmail" features. I'm looking to mess with my friends & co-workers minds using this feature. [more inside]
posted by melorama on Jun 17, 2007 - 8 answers

How to phone uk 0800 numbers from overseas?

Is there any way to call United Kingdom 0800 (freephone) numbers from overseas? [more inside]
posted by spiff101 on Jun 4, 2007 - 6 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 do I get rid of my phone-o-phobia?

How do I get rid of my phone-o-phobia? [more inside]
posted by emilyw on May 29, 2007 - 27 answers

Records of calls made using *67

When a caller uses per-call blocking (usually activated by pressing *67 before dialing the number) to mask their identity to the receiver of the call, would subpoenaed phone records for the caller's outbound calls still show the number they dialed? [more inside]
posted by jayder on May 16, 2007 - 9 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

VOIP for n00bs

We are temporarily moving 50 miles from our permanent home. We would like to keep our landline phone number active. VOIP seems like the obvious answer, but I'm a complete internet telephony newbie. [more inside]
posted by ambrosia on Apr 23, 2007 - 10 answers

Need songs about phones.

A list of songs about phones, using phones, calling, etc. [more inside]
posted by burhan on Feb 28, 2007 - 60 answers

Does Skype turn you/him/her on?

Does Skype "smooth" your voice to make it sound mellower, more seductive etc.? That's my impression; but is there any evidence to support it? I suppose an analogous means of customer retention might be the use in shops of "slimming mirrors".
posted by londongeezer on Feb 20, 2007 - 15 answers

How do I instantiate person-to-person calls from the internet?

I remember seeing a service online somewhere. When you were looking at a phone number, you could enter your phone number and the service would call you and when you picked up the phone, it would be ringing the phone number you were looking at. [more inside]
posted by bryanzera on Jan 23, 2007 - 4 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

Papa needs a brand-new answering machine (RIP James)

My answering machine/fax combo has joined its compadres in the big electronics graveyard, and I need a state-of-the-art answering machine-type thingy now. [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott on Dec 25, 2006 - 2 answers

selecting a therapist from a long list

I'm having difficulties choosing a (telephone) therapist starting from a long list. Partly practical, partly mental... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 4, 2006 - 3 answers

pc phone answering machine

How do I use my PC as a land line answering machine? [more inside]
posted by StickyCarpet on Nov 20, 2006 - 9 answers

What cordless phone works in old houses?

Can anyone suggest a cordless phone system that will work throughout an old house? [more inside]
posted by Songdog on Nov 3, 2006 - 6 answers

Why does my internet connection keep dropping??

Wierd adsl connection problem. My google-fu has failed me. Please help - I'm tearing my hair out! [more inside]
posted by lemonpillows on Oct 21, 2006 - 7 answers

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