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Negotiating / determining compensation for Big Telco screwup?

I own a business which is heavily dependent on the telephone. 5+ months ago, I moved locations and paid Bell to move me and kept my phone number. Everything seemed cool but every once in a while someone would chew me out for not answering my phone. Of course, I always answer the phone... When it rings. After an inordinate number of people complained in a single week, I called the phone company. They looked into it and admitted they'd screwed up. I'm going to call them to discuss compensation. Where to start? [more inside]
posted by You Should See the Other Guy on Apr 10, 2016 - 9 answers

Where to begin with VOIP

I need to find new VOIP hardware for my office. I don't even know where to begin. [more inside]
posted by bibliogrrl on Jul 14, 2015 - 5 answers

Bizarre behavior from landline phone...

I have a landline and it also has a cordless handset. When people call me, all is well. When I call them, they cannot hear me though I can hear them fine. The same is true for the corded and cordless handset. How is this possible and how can I fix it? I'm in Toronto Canada if that makes any difference regarding landlines.
posted by You Should See the Other Guy on Feb 8, 2015 - 5 answers

(I Don't Want to Have) Telephony Nightmares

I am searching for an inexpensive way to provide phone service for a small business. [more inside]
posted by ostranenie on Jan 15, 2015 - 3 answers

Can you help me to rewire this very old telephone?

As part of my ongoing efforts to remain stuck in the twentieth century, I'm trying to rewire and use this telephone. [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Jul 16, 2013 - 6 answers

Are there any 2G internet phones that can't display JPGs?

Are there any 2G internet phones that can't process JPGs? [more inside]
posted by Why did I buy a tin gorilla? on Oct 14, 2012 - 14 answers

Phone Call

This is the land-line phone I want. But I'd rather not pay $205. Does anyone know of an similar phone at a lower price? I want only four things from my phone: Phone calls, auto-dial, voice mail, and don't be ugly -- nothing more. But, the land-line phones that are typically available in the stores have too many features and, to my eye, are ugly. Someone must know of a basic, well-designed phone.
posted by partner on Sep 28, 2012 - 7 answers

Sipgate telephone number

Sipgate account/number search... Ok, so I'd like to sign up with Sipgate, however, they are currently out of available telephone numbers. Since I don't know the timeframe when and if more numbers might be available, I'm interested in purchasing someone else's Sipgate telephone number (doesn't matter where as I'll be using it with google voice). I've tried googling but have had no success to find any venues or sites that I might advertise my request. Any suggestions where to look or advertise on the web where someone might see my interest?
posted by america4 on Jun 9, 2011 - 1 answer

Ancient and fishlike texts

What is causing the problems I'm having with sending and receiving text messages on my mobile telephone, and how can I stop them? [more inside]
posted by paduasoy on Mar 20, 2011 - 4 answers

How to find PacBell switching stations around LA

I am looking for a list of Pacific Telephone/Pacific Bell switching stations that were built before the 1980s around Los Angeles County. I want to do a series of photographic portraits of them. It seems like this information may be "suppressed for reasons of homeland security" but if anyone had any suggestions of where I may be able to dig it up archivally, it would be much appreciated!
posted by refractal on Aug 3, 2010 - 4 answers

Suggestions on a better VOIP provider?

What is the best provider for telephone service for a small office? We are looking for a VOIP solution that allows forwarding of 800 numbers, allows everyone to have their own VM box, and call holding, forwarding, everyone to have their own extensions, etc.? [more inside]
posted by banished on May 26, 2010 - 7 answers

Telephone tracing an endurance sport?

How did old-fashioned mechanical-relay telephone tracing work? [more inside]
posted by jefficator on Sep 20, 2009 - 4 answers

Voice Dailing Service for Blind/Disabled (US)

Does anyone know of a voice dial service (like GOOG-411) that works in the US for residential as well as business numbers, on landline phones? It's for a blind person with limited mobility, so the service needs to actually place the call for the user, and not require any dialing or button-pushing beyond the initial call.
posted by blatherbob on Nov 24, 2008 - 9 answers

Can anyone help me find the unfindable phone jack?

The phone jack of myth and legend: I'm looking for "A 4-conductor jack with Type 43A mounting bracket attached." In white, not hideous horrible old school beige. [more inside]
posted by Teira on Jun 30, 2008 - 9 answers

Cat vocalizations

My cat often communicates with me through these short vocalizations made while his mouth is closed. They sound like muffled, abbreviated meows and remind me of a broken telephone (old school telephone -- the kind with the bell). [more inside]
posted by christopherious on Jun 14, 2008 - 29 answers

Call Me: Anytime Anyplace Anywhere Anyway

Novel Research Filter: Help me describe phone culture/ etiquette in the 70's prior to the advent of answering machines. [more inside]
posted by Xurando on Jan 13, 2008 - 16 answers

An executive call screener?

What is this called: A little terminal (not part of the phone) on an executive's desk that says who is on the line. [more inside]
posted by Futurehouse on Jan 11, 2008 - 7 answers

Why Am I Unknown Caller with Cricket Cell Phone?

Why does my cell phone number show up as "unknown caller" or "unavailable" to EVERYONE I call? [more inside]
posted by marxchivist on Aug 1, 2007 - 10 answers

Baby, when you call me...

Looking for snappy songs about telephones. [more inside]
posted by rachelpapers on Feb 20, 2007 - 69 answers

I predict a riot

I've been asked to look into a predictive dialling system for a small team of outbound telesales agents who're bored of listening to the phone ring for 6 hours a day. Does anyone around here have any experience of the different systems available; implementation pitfalls, advantages and disadvantages of each? [more inside]
posted by whoojemaflip on Nov 21, 2006 - 6 answers

Get VoIP for small office?

Our small US office has four people, growing a bit over the next year to perhaps 8-10, got overequipped with an ATT (nee SBC) office phone system costing several hundred dollars a month based on a different assumption. We'd like to switch to VoIP but Vonage doesn't seem capable of working in our configuration. Is anyone using VoIP in a similar work setup? [more inside]
posted by billsaysthis on Jun 7, 2006 - 5 answers

Landline phone that can be set to ring just once?

Is there some model of landline phone available that can be set to ring just once? [more inside]
posted by dilettante on Jan 24, 2006 - 12 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

US Cordless Phone in Europe

PhoneFilter: I am thinking of buying a US-sold cordless phone and bringing it back to Europe. Other than voltage and frequency (which I've checked) is there any other reason why an American phone wouldn't work or work less in Europe (different ring-tone signals or Caller ID standards perhaps)?
posted by costas on Feb 1, 2005 - 8 answers

Special Cell Phone

I am trying to find a cell phone suited to someone with osteo arthritis and reduced vision [more inside] [more inside]
posted by tomble on Jan 25, 2005 - 4 answers

How can I overcome my aversion to using telephones?

I have an irrational aversion to using the telephone, even in the most innocuous and impersonal of situations (like calling to find out if some place is open, if a store sells a certain thing, if a musical venue is selling tickets to a show in advance, etc). I wouldn't go so far as to call it a "fear", though I do get somewhat nervous when forced to use the phone in such circumstances, which makes it inconvenient and somewhat unpleasant for me when I have to use the phone for whatever reason. So how can I overcome my phone aversion?
posted by anonymous on Dec 7, 2004 - 45 answers

Phone jack moving know-how

I'm renovating a room and I'd like to move a phone jack that was originally placed 5 feet from the floor (for a wall phone), down closer to plug height. We're talkin' standard wood frame construction with gypsum board walls. I know that the box is set against a wall stud but I'm unsure the best way to do this with the least amount of tearing up and patching. Any tips, online resources or warnings? I also don't know jack about phone wiring. Get it? Jack? Har dee har.
posted by jabo on Sep 2, 2004 - 5 answers

Recommendations for Internet/Phone/Cell Provider

Can anyone recommend a good internet/phone/cell provider? Last year, my place of employment signed an all-inclusive contract with Norvergence for a T1 line, local & long distance phone and cell phone service. Service and support has been less than satisfactory and today, it has become apparent that they are going out of business. We are hoping to find a similar service with a reliable company. Any recommendations and experiences are appreciated. [more inside]
posted by deathofme on Jul 6, 2004 - 0 answers

Help troubleshoot my phone jack replacement

I'm replacing a phone jack. Or rather, I'm trying to replace one. I've done same before, but this time I can't get it working and I think some troubleshooting is required. There are more details, and too many wires, inside. [more inside]
posted by orange swan on Jun 2, 2004 - 5 answers

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