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  •  I don't have a cell phone (13+ / 0-)

    but on the same topic...

    I have a huge peeve with call waiting.

    When I'm talking on the phone, Ican't stand being put 'on hold' while the other person takes another call.  My own mother has done this to me.

    I can't figure out how to get rid of my call waiting- so that anyone who calls me while I'm on the phone will receive a busy signal.  (Hey- remember those?)

    But if I hear those annoying beeps, I ignore them.  Then, if the person who was calling calls me back and asks why didn't you answer the phone- I tell them.

    Because I was talking to someone else.

    Bring back the busy signal.  I refuse to be rude.

    Growing old is inevitable...Growing up is purely optional

    by grannycarol on Sat Apr 19, 2014 at 04:59:17 PM PDT

    •  I have that peeve, too (7+ / 0-)

      I get put on hold enough trying to get support for my gadgets and software, my health care, when I'm trying to make appointments.

      I don't have call waiting on my home phone, so people get the busy signal. One friend asked me if something was wrong with my phone because all she got was weird repeating buzz when she called.

    •  I refused to get call waiting until the night my (6+ / 0-)

      doctor gave me a hard time because while I was waiting for a call-back from him, all the family members called me back to see how the kid was and so every time the doctor dialed me it was busy. So we got that on our next phone, and caller ID too, so we can see if we want to talk or just take a message. But I still don't use call waiting unless I am actually waiting for a different call while I'm talking to someone else.
          Even back in the rotary phone days, there were two kinds of people. Those who could just let the phone ring, and those who would go crazy leaping over couches trying to make sure it was answered in time.
          But about the beeps and just telling people why- amen. That's what I do.

      We are all pupils in the eyes of God.

      by nuclear winter solstice on Sat Apr 19, 2014 at 07:00:52 PM PDT

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      •  Oh I remember those days! (2+ / 0-)

        .

        ..,and those who would go crazy leaping over couches trying to make sure it was answered in time.
        Funny story- when my ex got one of the first answering machines, my kids told me that they were with their cousins, and they filled the machine with all sorts of crazy messages.  ha ha -I can still laugh about that today.

        Growing old is inevitable...Growing up is purely optional

        by grannycarol on Sat Apr 19, 2014 at 07:12:42 PM PDT

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      •  I have no trouble just letting the phone (4+ / 0-)

        ring.  I dislike phones and wouldn’t have one at all if it weren’t occasionally an absolute necessity.  As it is I’ve a landline with absolutely no extras.  And unless I’m in the mood, which rarely happens, I don’t pick it up unless I’ve reason to expect a call.

        Even before call waiting I found it a bit irksome to have secretaries give someone on the phone priority over someone standing in front of them; call waiting is just another version of the same thing.  There are times when I don’t mind being put on hold for another call, because I know that the person at the other end is juggling and prioritizing, and I trust him to do it sensibly — the folks at my auto shop come to mind.  Because I don’t really use the phone socially, I’ve not encountered it in that context, but I think that I’d find it a bit much.

        I’ve never actually used a cell phone, so my reactions are strictly those of a bystander.  As a cyclist I really hate seeing drivers on the phone, and texting is much, much worse.  As a teacher, on the other hand, I was fairly tolerant. Many of my students were older, with families or jobs that required them to check incoming calls for emergencies.  Fortunately, virtually all of them would quietly leave the room to take calls that they had to take.  I didn’t really mind if a few students were silently using their cell phones for social media or to play games; possibly they already understood what we were working on, or knew that they could learn it more easily by letting the classroom procedures wash over them and then reading about it afterwards — and if not, they were adults, and it was their problem.  In large classes — and I taught many that were far too large — I probably didn’t even notice in most cases.

        As for phone conversations overheard on the street or in a store, my impression is that over the years more people have learned to speak less obtrusively.  (It’s possible, of course, that I’ve also learned to tune them out better.)

    •  Getting rid of call waiting (3+ / 0-)
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      RainyDay, grannycarol, Elizaveta

      My phone company offers a choice of special super-duper features, of which one is call waiting. I picked others for my three-included-at-this-price deal.

      Call the phone company and ask them to disable call waiting.

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