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Mama Deb
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We've been having problems with our landline - we haven't been receiving calls-in for a couple of weeks. The phone is on the old side, so we thought that was the problem - our DSL is attached to our landline, and it's working just fine.

(And we're current on the telephone bill.)

We simply made all our calls from our cellphones.

But we decided to get a new cordless phone. jonbaker bought one on Friday and we were going to install it Saturday night. There was no dial tone on the phone, but, you know. Old phone. Even so, we decided to test the line using a corded phone we have for emergencies (like blackouts, since cordless phones do not work during blackouts but regular ones do. So do wireless, but they'll run out of juice sooner than later.)

No dial tone.

So, I called Verizon Sunday morning, and this morning they tested the line. Yep, yep, yep. Old wiring in a box down our block. Tonight, we call to reassure parents that we're alive and well.


I can't tell you how often that has happened to my mother. Never mind that the same aging system is the one that gives us DSL conniptions.

I want my FiOS!

old wiring does the goofiest things. for a while, my mother's line would occasionally give a busy signal to anyone calling in -- for days and days on end. she and my sisters were wondering why no one had called them in ages...we were wondering who the heck was on the PHONE all that time...finally I called my mom at work all "look, are [younger sisters] home sick from school or something? because I can NOT get through to you at home, ever."

...I have suddenly realized how long ago that was, because one of those younger sisters is graduating from college in two weeks, so she hasn't lived at home in years.

You can ask for a partial rebate on this months bill. I'll bet you anything they give it to you. :-)