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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Centrex/CustoPAK vs. Other Phone Systems: Should I get one? [more inside]
posted by jeb
on Sep 30, 2005 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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
posted by Badmichelle
on May 19, 2005 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
CurseThePhoneCompanyFilter: My phone company won’t acknowledge that I’m a customer! How can I get them to let me transfer my number to another, non-crazy company? (More inside from a long-time AskMe lurker with a brand new account) [more inside]
posted by handful of rain
on Nov 19, 2004 -
Can anyone recommend a cheap, reliable international phone card? (Google returns millions of results.) Specifically, I'm looking for inexpensive rates from the US to Samoa.
posted by Dr. Wu
on Nov 18, 2004 -
I have a Motorola E365. One of the Java games it comes with is a card game called Big 2 Garden. The idea appears to be to get rid of your cards by playing them according to some rules. What the hell are the rules to this game? There's a review of the phone which includes a screenshot of this game here
posted by salmacis
on Oct 21, 2004 -
I recently read there was software out there for manipulating outgoing caller id information. Can anyone tell me what it is? Also, is there any software out there that will manipulate incoming calls based on caller id -- ie, can I whitelist calls? Integrated with answering machines? [more inside]
posted by namespan
on Oct 6, 2004 -
Alternative telephone providers in the NYC area?: I need to find an economically viable solution to run 3 telephone land-lines and 1 fax line for a small business in Brooklyn. Our current provider is Verizon: we use >500 minutes a month, and pay about $350 (MI). [more inside]
posted by naxosaxur
on Aug 3, 2004 -
Why do I usually feel inclined to pace around when talking on the phone? Even if I make a call while sitting comfortably, I end up walking all over the place when I'm using a phone.
posted by Nikolai
on Jun 23, 2004 -
UK Mefi'ers: I'll be visiting relatives in London next month, and have managed to unlock my Nokia phone so I can use it while overseas, and need help understanding the local market[MI] [more inside]
posted by smcniven
on Jun 22, 2004 -
I've got batteries on the brain today (slightly-earlier post about aftermarket laptop batteries
), but this thread
and my growing frustration with my increasingly-relied-upon cell phone brought to mind another question: how much battery life does your cell phone really
get? No matter where I am, how much I use it, or even if it's on or off, my Samsung SPH-N400
gets 24-36 hours per charge, at best, compared to the advertised "Talk Time: Up to 2.9 Hours, Stand-by Time: Up to 7 Days." (more inside...)
posted by Sinner
on Mar 3, 2004 -
Does anyone have experience with those cell phones that have a certain number of minutes - you buy them without a separate account, and once you use up the minutes you're done. (I tried to search on this but the terms are all part of ordinary cell phone descriptions.) [more inside]
posted by soyjoy
on Jan 27, 2004 -
I'm looking for a product that performs the same function as the "page" button on my cordless landline. Press a button on the base, and the lost phone starts beeping until you find it. Ideally this is something small enough to attach to objects like keychains, remote controls, wallets, small digicams (RFID?). Anybody ever heard of anything like this?
posted by stupidsexyFlanders
on Dec 29, 2003 -