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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

Drowning in fraudulent IP Relay Calls. Help!

IP Relay Scammers are plaguing our PBX operator. Is there anything we can do besides refusing to answer any IP Relay call? [more inside]
posted by IndigoSkye on Oct 13, 2006 - 6 answers

Who were the first power-SMS users?

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]
posted by rongorongo on Oct 6, 2006 - 15 answers

1-800-key-padd

Can anyone tell me why telephone keypads are "upside down" relative to calculator/numeric keypads? [more inside]
posted by I, Credulous on Sep 21, 2006 - 9 answers

What number am I dialling from?

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?
posted by everichon on Sep 12, 2006 - 17 answers

Help me call and surf for less

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]
posted by orange swan on Jul 7, 2006 - 12 answers

Intercom function on BT lines

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?
posted by dance on Jun 14, 2006 - 7 answers

Touch Tone Type?

TypeFilter: What specific typeface is used on most touch tone phone buttons? Is there a comparable free version out there? [more inside]
posted by linklog on Jun 1, 2006 - 3 answers

How do I pick the right phone/internet plan?

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]
posted by Dr. Wu on May 18, 2006 - 12 answers

Tell me about the Gizmo user experience.

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?
posted by Artifice_Eternity on May 11, 2006 - 8 answers

text-to-voice

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?
posted by Kifer85 on May 6, 2006 - 13 answers

How do I conduct a good telephone interview?

How do I conduct a good telephone interview? [more inside]
posted by jefgodesky on Apr 28, 2006 - 11 answers

Comcast vs. DirecTV in Seattle Eastside?

Comcast vs. DirecTV in Seattle Eastside? I'm moving soon and need advice on telephone, internet and television. [more inside]
posted by frogan on Apr 20, 2006 - 11 answers

How do I make my 2 phone lines play nicely?

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]
posted by waldo on Apr 12, 2006 - 9 answers

Requesting Insider Information

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]
posted by godawful on Mar 31, 2006 - 9 answers

Is there ANY quality in the hands-free telephone market?

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]
posted by zek on Mar 16, 2006 - 8 answers

How do I deal with habitually rude callers?

What, if anything, should I do about in-laws who won't identify themselves when they telephone? [more inside]
posted by waldo on Mar 14, 2006 - 57 answers

Telephone announcements

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]
posted by rolypolyman on Mar 7, 2006 - 3 answers

Handsfree Headset for Landline

Help me find a wireless headset for use with a landline telephone by a new parent. [more inside]
posted by alms on Feb 27, 2006 - 7 answers

Mac Tiger Telephone Call Note Software?

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
posted by rabbus on Dec 26, 2005 - 11 answers

Who calls me at the same time everyday?

Who keeps calling me at the same time everyday? [more inside]
posted by JPigford on Dec 5, 2005 - 16 answers

Quiet call at or near JFK?

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]
posted by stevil on Dec 1, 2005 - 4 answers

Need a headset and/or adapter to work on both computer and regular phone

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]
posted by mistersix on Nov 30, 2005 - 8 answers

Feedback on Broadvoice

Anyone use Broadvoice? What do you think of it? [more inside]
posted by exhilaration on Oct 17, 2005 - 3 answers

Centrex vs. Other Office Phone Systems

Centrex/CustoPAK vs. Other Phone Systems: Should I get one? [more inside]
posted by jeb on Sep 30, 2005 - 1 answer

Can I use a phone from the USA in Australia?

If I buy a phone in the USA, can I just plug it into the wall back in Australia? [more inside]
posted by obiwanwasabi on Sep 25, 2005 - 7 answers

Need old dial phones

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).
posted by AstroGuy on Sep 20, 2005 - 10 answers

How to cable a long range telephone extension

Does anyone have any experience running their own telephone cables over a distance of about 500 feet? [more inside]
posted by miles1972 on Aug 31, 2005 - 10 answers

Banana-shaped phone

I'm looking for a banana phone. Not the song, thanks, but a real, honest-to-goodness banana-shaped phone. [more inside]
posted by tommasz on Aug 30, 2005 - 12 answers

Landline phone network connectivity

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]
posted by gorillawarfare on Aug 29, 2005 - 3 answers

Zombie calls?

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]
posted by _sirmissalot_ on Jul 24, 2005 - 20 answers

What's a good, cheap speakerphone?

What's a good, cheap, corded speakerphone? [more inside]
posted by birdherder on Jul 21, 2005 - 2 answers

Up the Creek w/o a T-Mobile Brand Paddle

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?
posted by luriete on Jun 26, 2005 - 23 answers

Telephone over Cat5: Is it possible without voip?

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]
posted by Freen on Jun 21, 2005 - 11 answers

Leggo my phone number!

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]
posted by hydrophonic on Jun 17, 2005 - 23 answers

Prank or not?

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]
posted by interrobang on Jun 12, 2005 - 7 answers

Phone failures

I've had three electronic items in my apartment bite the dust within 24 hours. What is the deal? [more inside]
posted by rolypolyman on May 25, 2005 - 9 answers

How well does Vonage work in Toronto?

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.
posted by Badmichelle on May 19, 2005 - 5 answers

Ahoy hoy!

Do you know of a list of ways to answer the phone? [more inside]
posted by shepd on May 16, 2005 - 65 answers

Operator, oh could you help me place this call?

What exactly is this device, and can I/how do I/what do I need to get it to work as the voicemail/multiple phone line server I think it is? [more inside]
posted by fandango_matt on May 9, 2005 - 9 answers

The serious busy signal.

Why is it that when someone has been on the phone a long time or it's off hook, the busy signal that callers get has no "click" preceding it? I've noticed this since the 80s and am surprised it still happens with all the changes/upgrades at the telco.
posted by rolypolyman on Apr 2, 2005 - 11 answers

Is there any way I can have calls to my office forwarded through the Internet so it rings to my PC at home?

I want to work from home. The only thing stopping me is my damn office phone. I'd like to have that number forwarded through the Internet so I can answer it via my PC at home or wherever I happen to be (via wireless). [more inside]
posted by b_thinky on Mar 18, 2005 - 4 answers

Tidewater Four Ten-Oh-Nine

I need a phone system for a small (1-5) person business. [+] [more inside]
posted by fandango_matt on Mar 16, 2005 - 15 answers

A Good sounding phone for VOIP?

VOIP Saga, Episode IV. I've got a VoicePulse VOIP account. It's stable and doesn't sound bad; better than the cheaper BroadVoice(BroadVox?) account I canceled; and better than a cell phone. But is it possible that certain telephone brands/models will actually make it sound better; closer to classic telephony?
posted by ParisParamus on Mar 15, 2005 - 7 answers

What's a good long distance carrier for Toronto?

Can you recommend a good long distance telephone provider? I'm in Toronto, I make perhaps 1-6 long distance calls a year, I call only within Ontario, and getting billed for monthly network fees regardless of whether I've called long distance that month really gets my tailfeathers in a twist.
posted by orange swan on Mar 15, 2005 - 11 answers

Help me find a cordless phone

Cordless phones My cordless phones have terrible battery life. Plus if I hold one against my shoulder w/my chin, I often accidentally hang up. Does anyone have a cordless phone they love?
Requirements: Caller ID, clear sound.
Nice to have: 2+ handsets, volume control on the handset. [more inside]
posted by agropyron on Jan 17, 2005 - 15 answers

In movies and tv, why does a phone go to dial tone after someone hangs up?

In movies and on TV, why does a phone go to dial tone after someone hangs up? Is there a phone system somewhere that really does that?
posted by stopgap on Jan 16, 2005 - 22 answers

VOIP: General Experiences? Faxing? On NYC Verizon DSL? Legal in EU?

VOIP Filter:

I would like feedback regarding people's experience with VOIP. Vonage and Lingo, and any others. Bonus points for feedback regarding faxing over VOIP. Even more bonus points for VOIP over a Verizon DSL line in the New York City area. Also, is VOIP legal in the EU?
posted by ParisParamus on Jan 7, 2005 - 42 answers

Work Phone

My consulting business has gotten busy enough (knock on wood) to warrant not using my personal cell phone number as the first line of communication. What I need is a service that creates a local phone number, has a customizable voicemail system that can fwd to my cell, office, whereever.

Is there such a thing, or should I just get a second cell phone?
posted by omidius on Dec 6, 2004 - 10 answers

Online Calendars

As a follow-up to this question, I'm looking for an online application that will let me set up a calendar and will email me daily reminders of the day's events. I need to do this online, because I move around a lot and am constantly using different PCs (so an Outlook/Eudora/Etc. solution won't work). I would like to be able to get a reminder the night before and one the morning-of. Google suggests there are several such services. Are there any really good ones? Bonus: Has anyone invented one that will phone you or leave your a text message?
posted by grumblebee on Dec 5, 2004 - 8 answers

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