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DSL works - No Telephone Dial Tone?

  1. Dec 12, 2007 #1
    DSL works - No Telephone Dial Tone?!?

    I noticed a few threads concerning this problem and as I'm thoroughly beyond annoyed with Verizon, I thought I would lay my problem before those of you with some smarts - as opposed to the company's technician with half a brain cell. For a year, my phone has been intermittant with it's service. I'll pick it up and there will be no dial tone - caller's phoning in are able to leave a message on the phone line's voicemail, but I never hear a ring. DSL continues to work. Last week, the police showed up at our door at 1:30 am in response to a 911 call from our number. No dial tone - I checked. We couldn't have called 911 if we needed to. Any suggestions and assistance would be much appreciated!!
     
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  3. Dec 12, 2007 #2

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    Have you not called your service provider and said "my phone has no dial tone"? It doesn't matter whether the technician, in your opinion, has half a brain cell: it's up to them to fix it! Otherwise, just change your telephone provider.

    It's quite worrying that your phone has made an emergency call that you didn't make. I'd be straight on the phone to them and get them to sort it out.
     
  4. Dec 12, 2007 #3
    I've called dozens of times (literally) over the past year. I tried switching - can't find a provider other than Verizon since we seem to be in "verizon territory"
     
  5. Dec 12, 2007 #4
    I'm at my wits end - I can't get them to come out until at minimum, three days past the time when the phone doesn't work. By then, it's "fixed" itself.
     
  6. Dec 12, 2007 #5

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    Well what have they done about it? Have they sent an engineer out to your house? If so, what did he say when he arrived? Have they even made an effort to fix it?

    I don't know about the phone system in the US, but I'm sure there can't be a monopoly on the phone services, can there?

    Edit: are you sure it's definitely the phone line, and not the handset itself?
     
  7. Dec 12, 2007 #6
    They've sent multiple technicians. They test the box outside (we're in a series of townhomes), no problems. They all say there isn't much they can do. No efforts to fix it, except one called to say he would call the main office because it sounded like a "switching" problem. I may be batty, but it SEEMS to occur more frequently during weather changes (ie: rain, extreme temperature changes). I'm continuing to look for another provider - the main competitor doesn't service this area, although they service 10 miles west of here.

    All three phones go dead at the same time. Two wireless, and a wired (on a DSL splitter)
     
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  8. Dec 12, 2007 #7

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    Perhaps someone here will be able to help, but I guess that the company's own engineer would be in a far better position to help.

    I don't know what to suggest. If it were me in that position, I'd cancel my line and use my cell phone; but that might not suit you.
     
  9. Dec 13, 2007 #8
    you sure its not your phone? make a call to the local newspaper or television. this will get their attention
     
  10. Dec 13, 2007 #9

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    I'd go totally wireless until another land line provider showed up.

    That seems strange that Verizon would blow you off like that. :rolleyes:
     
  11. Dec 13, 2007 #10
    nah its typical verizon.
    did you read the story about 0.01cent/kb and verizon interpreted it is 0.01cent means 1cent or how verizon lost a lawsuit and still would not pay up the individual until the county sheriff showed up at their office ready to arrest someone :)
     
  12. Dec 13, 2007 #11

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    You missed my sarcastic tone!

    Did see hear about that story. So did they show up at the corporate office and ask for the CFO?
     
  13. Dec 13, 2007 #12

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    Jeez, that Verizon phone conversation was a hoot! I don't normally have patience for things that take that long (Wife excepted), but I didn't mind watching that whole 'conversation'. Examples of stupidity like that make me seriously wonder sometimes why our species has managed to last this far.
    As to the problem, what sort of line do you have? Around here, the phones used to regularly go out when it rained because the underground cables leaked. Maybe the same thing happens in your area. The DSL still working might be because the frequency that it uses can penetrate water better than phone voice signals.
     
  14. Dec 14, 2007 #13
    That cannot explain the 911 call (?) Did you tried a plain stupid phone (pulse) for a try?
     
  15. Dec 14, 2007 #14

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    It might if leakage caused cross-talk between lines. Couldn't that cause the system to misread the origin of the call?
     
  16. Dec 14, 2007 #15
    Did you install the phone filters? They might be bad. You should have one on every phone, EXCEPT the computer line.
     
  17. Dec 15, 2007 #16
    To generate 3 pulses equal to 9-1-1 by cross-talk leak .and. that the id is the house .and. that the phone is on the switch - seems gross to me - unless someone more expert can explain how.
     
  18. Dec 15, 2007 #17

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    I'm not more expert than anybody. In fact, I'd be scared to go on 'Are you smarter than a 5th grader?'. I think that you might be overcomplicating the situation, though. I didn't mean to imply that the 911 was randomly generated by cross-talk. What I was thinking is that someone else might have dialled that number, but cross-talk led to a mistaken origin.
     
  19. Dec 15, 2007 #18
    No offense meant; just wondering; but you're sure right... Anything could happen...
     
  20. Dec 15, 2007 #19

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    I fired my land-line provider for much less than this! I went all wireless phones and cable-modem for internet.

    I don't plan on going back any time soon.
     
  21. Dec 16, 2007 #20
    I've tried a plain old touch-tone phone (not wireless) - as basic as you can get. I haven't tried removing the DSL filters, however. Waiting for our next episode of phone silence to try that. Our buildings were built a year ago - no one else on this row of townhomes seems to be having any trouble. All the suggestions you have are great .... I'll keep trying them as the opportunity arises (which is WILL ... it has never NOT come up again)
     
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