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Old 08-09-2014, 11:04 AM
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Do you answer the phone in your own home? You weirdo!

Just had a weird phone conversation.

"Hello, this is Jooseppi. May I please ask who's calling?"

"Uh... umm ... is [My Dad] there?"

"No, he's not available right now. Would you like me to take a message?"

"Um. This is [A store]. We have a question for him about [His order]."

"Would you like me to provide you a phone number you can reach him at?"

"Um... is this an answering service?"

"No, this is his son. He's just not at home right now."

"Um, oh, OK. Yeah, I'll take the number if you have it."




Since when did answering the phone in your own home get so weird?
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Old 08-09-2014, 11:16 AM
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I can usually tell when I'm going to get conversations like that. My method is to say

"hello?"

"hello?"

"hello?"

"f'cking phone"

hang up
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Old 08-09-2014, 11:30 AM
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What's wierd is you have a landline
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Old 08-09-2014, 12:21 PM
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My ringer is turned off. I use it to call out only and dsl.
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Old 08-09-2014, 04:27 PM
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I don't answer the phone; I have a machine that does that and thereby screens out nuisance calls. For many good reasons it's a landline.
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Old 08-09-2014, 10:22 PM
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If it's a # I don't recognize I won't answer it. That's what I use my answering machine for.

If they are really of any importance to me, they'll leave a msg with their contact details and why they called. If not, they weren't important enough for me to answer.
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Old 08-09-2014, 10:39 PM
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What's wierd is you have a landline
Are there still fax machines? Then is any one still waiting to share half of some billionaire from Nigeria's fortune for letting them deposit it into your account.
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Are there still fax machines?
Sadly, yes, the things are still used in business. Though a fax-modem or virtual fax can make them paperless and prevent wasted toner/paper printing fax spam. (Yes, fax spam exists, unfortunately.)
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Old 08-09-2014, 11:45 PM
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Are there still fax machines?
People still send nuisance faxes to numbers. That's the main reason I still have an inexpensive landline with a machine to screen incoming calls, and automatically reject faxes.
I agree with jake, if it's important enough for me to consider a reply, then they can leave a message.
My friends know that if they say 'pick it up' and I hear them, I will. It's simple and effective and no annoying faxes or unsolicited time wasters.
I have an old 'clamshell' cell phone that I only use for outgoing calls or communicating on a jobsite; it provides all the 'connectedness' I need for a flat hundred bucks per year. This communications technology is for my convenience, not theirs.
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Old 08-10-2014, 12:15 AM
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I always answer " Hi, how are you going?" if its an unsolicited time waster, they then need to say what/who they want.
If its a tellymarketer, I normally just vent all my frustrations on them. Its fair enough to try & get some thing positive out of the call. A friend of mine likes to carry on with a lot of jibberish talk that has them asking what language they are speaking.
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Old 08-10-2014, 10:17 AM
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I had a land line till I got into a dispute so I cancelled it. Now the sad task of finding a cheap way to fax her narcotic scripts she writes to the different pharmacies. Used to be she could DIY now I'd have to do it.
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Old 08-10-2014, 10:51 AM
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I can't do without a landline. My walls are between a foot and a half and two feet thick solid earth with two inches of concrete stucco on top of that. Cell signal in the house sucks.
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Old 08-10-2014, 10:58 AM
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I can't do without a landline. My walls are between a foot and a half and two feet thick solid earth with two inches of concrete stucco on top of that. Cell signal in the house sucks.
Are you absolutely sure? Reason I ask is that I was in a town just on the other side of the Milwaukee county. I used company X and inside my office (retail space), I only received 1 bar of signal. Behind the bulletproof glass, I lost half my calls to voicemail. Tossed that carrier. Using my regular carrier, I have full signal and didn't miss or drop calls. OTOH, a couple about 9 years (older tech too), I was about 2 levels underground and got signal and was the only one who could call out.

Have you tried all the carriers around your area? Some carriers are better than others in a given area and suck at another area.
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Also, if you have Internet, you can get wifi calling on a cell phone. Though personally, I still prefer a landline, since the connection doesn't sound like excrement.
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Old 08-10-2014, 10:56 PM
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Just had a weird phone conversation.

"Hello, this is Jooseppi. May I please ask who's calling?"

"Uh... umm ... is [My Dad] there?"

"No, he's not available right now. Would you like me to take a message?"

"Um. This is [A store]. We have a question for him about [His order]."

"Would you like me to provide you a phone number you can reach him at?"

"Um... is this an answering service?"

"No, this is his son. He's just not at home right now."

"Um, oh, OK. Yeah, I'll take the number if you have it."




Since when did answering the phone in your own home get so weird?
you made it weird with telling them your name and asking please, as if you were the one calling.

imagine going into a deli and asking the clerk if you can take his order. role reversal.

as we know, the only appropriate phone answer is silence and heavy labored breathing. when they ask "hello hello", you wait 3 seconds and say "who the **** is this" like batman. they rarely call back.
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