Iflycoach From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 1015 posts, RR: 2 Posted (14 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 9153 times:
Anyone else have this problem where you will answer the phone and all you will hear is the muted sound like someone un-plugged the phone from the wall and then about five seconds later the dial tone. This has been driving me insane and I'm about ready to go rip the junction box off the wall! I talked with a few friends and they seem to also get the problem every once in a while. I was wondering does anyone else get this and / or does anyone have a solution besides me ripping out the junction box?
Airlinelover From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 5580 posts, RR: 21
Reply 4, posted (14 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 9115 times:
I have that problem at work a lot. But then, in the city where I work, Rednexks rule and that may be fun for them or thier redneck kids . Also used to happen 2 jobs ago, but I found out it was a fellow employee itching to get his a$$ fired. He suceeded, too!
Check this out too..
Years back when my area code was being switched from 313 to 810, (Michigan) I tried to call my friend 3 miles away and got the Channel 4 news room (Which, i might add, is located more than 1 hour away). They thought I was playing jokes on them. Someone have THIS happen to them??
Oh yes.. Try *69 if your phone co. offers it. Here in Michigan with Ameritech, it calls back the last # if available.
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Trickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (14 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 9108 times:
Yes, I was going to suggest the * 69 feature on your phone. If not, you can call the operator of you rlocal phone co. and have then trace the number. They can do that. But tell them you just want the number. Then call Directory Assistance to get the name, etc. Then call your best friend and set up a nice prank. That shooul do it for a little while.
Or it may just be a sales call.
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N400QX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (14 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 9076 times:
I think it might be a telemarketer... their phones tend to do that a lot for some reason.
But then again the modem/fax idea is probably right. I know when my modem calls and I get that three tones then "all circuits are busy" thing, I can hear it for a few seconds and then it hangs up. The same thing would happen if I called the wrong number.
JetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 10
Reply 11, posted (14 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 9073 times:
I agree with N400QX. For some reason when a telemarketer calls, there is a few second pause before they acknowledge you are there. I suspect it is some sort of technology that weeds out answering machines or data lines. I use this to my advantage. When I say 'hello?' and there is a pause, I hang up immediately because I know it is some schmuck selling windows are credit card accounts.
Iflycoach From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 1015 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (14 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 9072 times:
I've noticed that also, I guess I will have to start doing that,
I'm also guessing that maybe when I get the blank call it's either A: To see whether I'm home to hit me with a telemarket call or B: The telemarketer pause feature acting up.
Mbmbos From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2700 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (14 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 9067 times:
I agree with the telemarketer theory.
Some of the more advanced facilities have autodial pools that dial up numbers, then transfer the call to a salesperson once the recipient has picked up. I suspect that if a recipient picks up and a salesperson is not available, then it hangs up after a few seconds.
Mls515 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 3078 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (14 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 9059 times:
The computer or fax that answers the line is the first to send out the screaming sound, so the machine that made the call won't make any noise until it recognizes such a sound, hence the silence.
About the telemarketers, I've been told that the sound of your voice saying "hello" transfers you to an actual person. If you listen carefully you'll hear the background noise of the call center come on the line when you're switched over. That's why I only say "hello" once. It makes an ackward situation for the telemarketers because they never hear a "hello". There's a lot of games you can play with the telemarketers after this, like pretending not to hear them, severely muffling your voice and getting progressively angry, or whatever.
Redngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 40
Reply 15, posted (14 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 9045 times:
I've worked with a computerized calling system and I would bet that's what you're getting, especially if the calls are coming in the early to mid-evening. I was not a telemarketer, but an alumni caller for the University of Delaware while I was a student (yeah, one of those, "can you give us a donation even though your education stunk" people).
It's very awkward for us, too... Imagine having on headphones, waiting for your computer to give you a connected call, and for some reason, the system misses the fax signal. First you hear is
and you're barely able to control your "tear off the headphones and stomp them to bits" reflex as you hit the override key.
Basically I learned that as soon I heard "beep" (meaning "you're connected") I immediately said, "Hello, my name is..." I didn't even bother pausing after saying "Hello."
Strangely enough I garnered more donations than anyone else for the six months I worked in the call center. But when I tried real telemarketing, I hated it, because the pressure was on to sell, sell, sell. At the UD call center, I was representing the University's undergraduate body to the alumni, and I had lots of information to give them if they wanted or needed it (like Alumni Career and Employment Services' phone number).
I guess this is why I generally take a kinder, gentler approach to saying "leave me alone" when a telemarketer calls.
USAir767 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 190 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (14 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 9017 times:
Well since I am a telemarketer I guess I could say something smart here because normally I piss people off but anyways as you requested iflycoach do you have caller id? if yes where are the phone calls coming from? who is you telephone provider? because with mine they have been having phone line "upgrades" going on and as they are in the process of doing that it does things like that or it could be that phone company testing phone numbers it could be a lot of things.
SSTjumbo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (14 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 9010 times:
Anonymous callers can block their identity on *69, Caller ID, and other such things. Telemarketers do this all the time. Nobody seems to have figured this out yet. When this happens, you have to do a complicated series of things which isn't worth the waste of time unless 'twas a bomb threat.
Bottom Line: You can have the phone company block your identity with a fee. NOW, ........... YOU KNOW [door shut]
Sxmarbury33 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 447 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (14 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 9007 times:
Yea if you dial *67 before a call CID wont register it. Im not sure itf thats what the telemarketers use tho. Also at least with my phone service you can choose for the phone to weed out these calls that are not picking up on the CID instead callers that are unidentified will get a message that says they dont recieve unidentified calers. So call your phone service and look into that if these calls are bothering you.