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]
How can I regain my privacy wrt telephone conversations in a shared house? [more inside]
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]
A list of songs about phones, using phones, calling, etc. [more inside]
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".
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]
I've got a phone conversation that's going to become a podcast. How can I use Audacity to make it sound its best?
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]
I'm having difficulties choosing a (telephone) therapist starting from a long list. Partly practical, partly mental... [more inside]
How do I use my PC as a land line answering machine? [more inside]
Can anyone suggest a cordless phone system that will work throughout an old house? [more inside]
Wierd adsl connection problem. My google-fu has failed me. Please help - I'm tearing my hair out! [more inside]
IP Relay Scammers are plaguing our PBX operator. Is there anything we can do besides refusing to answer any IP Relay call? [more inside]
Who were the first group of people to embrace SMS texting? Did any members of the group who designed the protocol accurately predict how it would be used? [more inside]
Can anyone tell me why telephone keypads are "upside down" relative to calculator/numeric keypads? [more inside]
Is there some code, in the manner of *69, that returns the number I am dialing from? It doesn't have to be a star code, whatever works. How do telco people do this?
And to think I grew up with a rotary phone and a typewriter… I'm moving in November, and I'm trying to figure out what my best options are for phone and internet service (I won't be getting cable unless it’s free or something). I'm asking these questions together because I understand bundling isn't just for the Amish anymore;-) [more inside]
I'm sure there used to be a code one could dial on UK telephones which would cause the line to ring - thereby achieving intercom functionality? This number was something like *173, but either my memory fails me or it no longer works. Any ideas on the specifics?
TypeFilter: What specific typeface is used on most touch tone phone buttons? Is there a comparable free version out there? [more inside]
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]
I'm strongly leaning toward dumping Verizon and switching to Gizmo. What I'm curious about is the actual user experience of making and receiving VOIP calls. Is it be a hassle to be tethered to the computer via a headset? Do I need to leave my computer on all the time? How do I check voicemail (it's got something to do with e-mail, apparently -- does Gizmo e-mail me WAV files or something)? How do I dial out? If I'm making a call to an automated system that requires touch-tone data entry, how would I do this? How expensive and complicated would it be to route my calls to a conventional handset?
so my friend is trying to locate an online service whereby one can type a message to a phone number over the web, and an operator than reads that message to the other end over the phone. So essentially its a computer text-to-voice over phone service, it may be intended for deaf-blind individuals. any ideas?
How do I conduct a good telephone interview? [more inside]
Comcast vs. DirecTV in Seattle Eastside? I'm moving soon and need advice on telephone, internet and television. [more inside]
I've never had a landline -- just a mobile for the past decade. I got married last year, and the little lady has a landline. We need one where we live, since there's no mobile service. So I forward my calls to the home line when I'm home. The problem is that if I don't answer the phone, the voice mail service doesn't work. How can I make these two work together? [more inside]
Five minutes ago, I heard about an interview that will take place tonight. Does anyone know anything about the firm IQPC, or the conference industry, that could help me get this job, and get to New York? [more inside]
Help! I need a regular desk phone that has a GOOD headset for my business. I'm tired of dealing with inferior, poorly-made headsets. [more inside]
What, if anything, should I do about in-laws who won't identify themselves when they telephone? [more inside]
Is there a telephone number provider like kall8.com than can let me record WAVs on my computer, upload them, and store them as telephone announcements? [more inside]
Help me find a wireless headset for use with a landline telephone by a new parent. [more inside]
Is there any simple program for Max OS X for taking telephone notes? I'd just like something that with a keystroke opens as a phone note template -- Who Called, Date, Status pop-up (like "Spoke" "Returned No Answer" "Returned Busy", etc.), and a place for notes. I'd like to have the messages kept permanently and be searchable. Thanks
Who keeps calling me at the same time everyday? [more inside]
I'm in NYC next week and flying out of JFK right after I finish a conference call. I'm wondering about someplace at or near JFK that I might be able to take the call in relative peace and quiet. [more inside]
I want recommendations for good headphones and a microphone (or headphones and microphone and adapter(s)) that work well for VOIP on my computer, and with regular office telephones, and to listen to music on my computer. [more inside]
Centrex/CustoPAK vs. Other Phone Systems: Should I get one? [more inside]
If I buy a phone in the USA, can I just plug it into the wall back in Australia? [more inside]
Where can I find old dial telephones like these? They don't need to work at all (play props for The Front Page) and they need to be really cheap (~$20).
Does anyone have any experience running their own telephone cables over a distance of about 500 feet? [more inside]
I'm looking for a banana phone. Not the song, thanks, but a real, honest-to-goodness banana-shaped phone. [more inside]
If a phone number became disconnected from the network due to downed phone lines, what would one hear when trying to call that number? [more inside]
Someone I know is getting multiple phone calls per day to their cell phone from an unlisted "Private Number" (so says the cell screen). The caller hangs up after about 10 seconds without saying anything. Nothing can be heard in the background, except possibly a rustling sound. Because of the nonresponse, it is unclear whether a human is making the call or if it is somehow automated. [more inside]
What's a good, cheap, corded speakerphone? [more inside]
A very good friend of mine had her cellular telephone stolen the other day, and by the time she noticed this and reported the theft to T-Mobile, the thief had made many hundreds of dollars worth of calls to a foreign nation. After many calls back and forth, T-Mobile says they are doing her a great favor by waiving 25% of the costs but she is responsible for the rest. Is this right? Why would they treat a supposedly valued customer of several years this way? The T-Mobile reps tell her there is no appeal process or ombudsman; does anyone know if this is really true?
I'm setting up some telephone lines, and well, I really don't want to lay more wires than I have to. So this is the deal, I've got five telephone lines, and three telephone (rj11) jacks. We've just installed wifi, and so a number of unused ethernet cables. Is it possible to buy an adaptor that will allow me to use a cat5 cable to send plain old telephone over them? [more inside]
My former downstairs neighbor was evicted a few months ago. I just found out she's been giving out my phone number as hers. [more inside]
This happened to my girlfriend in 1987, and for years she's been telling the story as though it was a genuine mistake. The first time she told me the story, I immediately thought it was a prank. [more inside]
I've had three electronic items in my apartment bite the dust within 24 hours. What is the deal? [more inside]
Any Canadian Mefites use Vonage (http://www.vonage.ca) for their phone service? How's the reception? Uptime? Any details you can share? Any nightmares? Details specific to Toronto or Rogers Hi-Speed appreciated.
Do you know of a list of ways to answer the phone? [more inside]