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On any common telephone setup in a home, the wires simply go to each extension. Each phone has equal access tot he the line. So if you pick up a phone when the line is already being used, you simply become part of the conversation. You would have to use a managed phone system, usually a multi-line system, that has a privacy mode to be able to have the option of a private call. This would be more likely available at a reasonable price on a cordless system (all phones in the house cordless with a central base station) for home use. This is a common feature on business class phone systems, but the cost will be prohibitive for home use.
Ever wondered how to make sure that your home phone, or even your cell phone has the correct number? Have your callers been unable to reach you, but you don't understand why, your phone seems to be working!!
Do you want to do your own houshold phone wiring on that new second or third line you ordered?
Ever just needed to know the number of the phone line where your're at, and no one is there to tell you?
ITS EASY!!! AND IT WORKS ON CELLPHONES, TOO!!!
Just pick up on the line in question, and dial the following number...
1 - 800 - 444 - 4444
You will get a digitized voice that recites the number you are calling from I N S E C O N D S !
The guts of smartphones were made by 2 companies, Elcotel and Protel. Here's a link to the Payphone.com website. Perhaps you can match a picture of the phone and download a set of instructions. http://www.payphone.com/Pay-Phones/
Have you tried erasing all the (incoming) messages on the machine? Does that let it ring the full 4-ring-cycle before it picks up?
It's been years since I owned one of these, but there should be a switch (on the side of the unit?) for a feature called "toll saver" If you find this, switch it off.
The idea was from the days of payphones -- if the machine had no messages, it would ring 4 times before it picks up. If there were messages, it would pick up after one ring (or sometimes two)
If you were out on the town and wanted to check your messages, you'd put your dime in a payphone and call home. If it rang three times, you can hang up the payphone and get your dime back, knowing there's no message to check.
Is this a replica or a real payphone? Will the transmitter cap unscrew?
A couple of things to try, is take out the transmitter, hold it in the palm of your hand (with the holes in your palm) and slap the assembly on a hard surface. That unpacks the carbon granules.
If that doesn't work, it also may be that a relay is operating because it is want is called a Postpay payphone. Try reversing the Tip and Ring (green and red) line connections and test it again.
Finally, a genuine "g" handset transmitter capsule is about $3, making it cost more to ship than buy. Your picture shows a non "armored" handset cord. If that's really the truth, is the handset black and non-modular? And how does it fit into the payphone housling?
There should be a termination point outside your house where the local phone company connects to the wiring inside your home. These are usually wired for at least two phone lines. Sounds like your house was at one time wired for two numbers and the jack that is working was on one number while the other two jacks were on a different number. Best thing to do is connect all three jacks to the working telephone line outside the house. Good Luck. ...Mike
You need to dismantle phone and replace Varta CR1/2AA 3Volt lithium battery.
Dismantling is easy enough but you MUST lay out the screws etc so they go back in the right place, particularly the one with the two nylon washers underneath the head.
If you are in a private residence go to the demarcation box and unplug the phone jack that connects the line to your home. Plug your phone directly into the jack which is now looking at the line and has eliminated your house wiring from the circuit. Make an outgoing call and have someone call you back. If the trouble persists, the trouble has just been proven to be on the line which is a phone company problem. Busy signals occure when a short is detected on the line so you may have cable trouble in your area. Thank You. Jerry