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Topic # 6992 10-Mar-2006 11:34

Hummm well I have this problem with my home phone, It seems to be receiving not only my calls but everyone else's, meaning when i pick up the phone I hear people's conversations that they are having with other people, this not a connection fault as i have even moved house and it still happens.... not sure if it is a good thing or a bad thing as I once heard my boyfriend talking to my sister once and that was a reason to break up with him... but couldn't tell him why.. does this just happen to me or does anyone else have or had this happen to them?

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Reply # 30428 10-Mar-2006 11:54
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more common than most people think i would say. It probably is a connection fault, at a telephone exchange. (or old cordless phones on the same channel)




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Reply # 30434 10-Mar-2006 13:23
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As an ex-Telecom faultman I can tell you that Tony is correct. Crossed wires at the exchange or a dodgy cordless caan be to blame - also a bad (old crappy) line between the exchange and your house. just call 120 and as long as you pay the wire maintenace each month the fix cost is free.




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Reply # 30438 10-Mar-2006 13:33
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Morbid1: As an ex-Telecom faultman I can tell you that Tony is correct. Crossed wires at the exchange or a dodgy cordless caan be to blame - also a bad (old crappy) line between the exchange and your house. just call 120 and as long as you pay the wire maintenace each month the fix cost is free.


The wiring fee is only an issue if the fault is inside your premises (ie beyond the demarcation point), if the fault is on the Telecom network then there is no cost to you.




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Reply # 30443 10-Mar-2006 13:59

cool thanks guy's I might try a new phone, as the one I have is an old one, and it does make me wonder if all the neibours can listen into my conversations too, that would be embarrasing. If that fails then I will contact telecom cause it will most probably be there end at fault as you say.

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Reply # 30444 10-Mar-2006 14:00
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And there should be no possible explanation for wiring inside your home to cause a crossed line, so if you dont have an old cordless (or insanely cheap nasty cordless), then you should be right.... (to call faults without fear of cost)




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Reply # 30446 10-Mar-2006 14:12

I am having other problems with the phone, i don't think it is a real cheap and nasty one but it is old to todays standards (uniden corless) but the other problem is it sometimes cuts out during a conversation all you hear is an echo like another phone is off the hook (but there is no other phone) also sometimes I even pic up my radio and I have to fiddle with the back of the charger where the phone line is connected to get it back on. this could be the prob maybe.

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Reply # 30447 10-Mar-2006 14:34
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wannabeegeekchick: I am having other problems with the phone, i don't think it is a real cheap and nasty one but it is old to todays standards (uniden corless) but the other problem is it sometimes cuts out during a conversation all you hear is an echo like another phone is off the hook (but there is no other phone) also sometimes I even pic up my radio and I have to fiddle with the back of the charger where the phone line is connected to get it back on. this could be the prob maybe.


An old cordless phone is more than likely the fault, the old Unidens only had about 10 channels and while they have security coding to stop unauthorised handsets accessing a base set interference can still occur between two nearby phones on the same frequency. You can listen in to an analogue cordless phone with a scanner, even the ones with voice inversion can be overheard as you simply invert the audio to listen in.

You can buy a good DECT cordless now for $60, I got a great new Uniden one for $70 last week.

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Reply # 30453 10-Mar-2006 16:54
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Heh, I have a similar problem, but I pick up other peoples telephone conversations on the baby monitor :)

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Reply # 30458 10-Mar-2006 20:17
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Gads, I was wondering where my cell phone was...

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