People in my exchange can't call me...could this be : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) Preparation Forum : One Thread

a Y2K glitch or what? If someone on my exchange and a couple others attempt to call me, all they hear is ringing and ringing. On my end...nothing. I have no prob. calling them however. I have Conectiv for my phone co. and most others around here, at least the folks who can't call me, are with Bell Atlantic. It's been 2 wks. now and I've spoken to three of Conectiv's folks.

I had to explain the prob. twice to the guy in repairs. He said, "What do you want me to do about it?" DUH

So it seems Conectiv can talk to all exchanges, but Bell Atlantic can't speak to Conectiv. Shrug. What's your diagnosis?


-- beej (, October 17, 1999


Sorry...It seems Bell Atlantic's customers IN SOME EXCHANGES

-- beej (, October 17, 1999.

Sorry...It seems Bell Atlantic's customers IN SOME EXCHANGES can't talk to me. ARG! I hit one of the keys with my left little finger and the system submitted my incomplete message. This day WILL get better.


-- beej (, October 17, 1999.

For what it's worth-

This summer,SW Bell here in Misssouri began offering a plan for unlimited time for flat $30/month within 816/660 area codes.If you subscribed to this plan,(I did) you then had to dial full #(area code +7 digits) for a LOCAL call.Caused a bit of confusion for a while. You might try some variation on this theme.

-- Sam (, October 17, 1999.

This happened to me. It turned out that my house security system (which also used the line) was shorting out the phone line in some way so that I could call out but folks calling in just heard the phone ring and ring. Do you have anything else on your line?

-- Jill D. (, October 17, 1999.

My phone company has a box on the outside of the house which has a phone jack in it which can be used to see if the problem is with the phone company's lines, or the wiring in the house.

Just take a phone out there, plug it in, and call the problem numbers and have them return the call. If it works, then the problem is somewhere in the house wiring. If not, it's in their system.

Don't know for sure, but am assuming that most phone companies have a similar setup.


-- gene (, October 17, 1999.

Had similar problems locally when people started switching their phone service from the local Bell company to the digital phone service provided by the cable company. If a person wanted to keep their same phone number (i.e. after they started getting phone service from the cable company) then the Cable and Bell companies had to work together (hah!). What would happen is cable phone customers could call out, but people calling them would just hear ring and ring and ring (but no actual ringing in the house). My brother had this go on for 3 weeks and finally gave up and got a new phone number from the Cable company. Both companies were pointing fingers at each other for the problem, but I'd put my money on Bell as being the culprit - losing a customer and all, why would they care, eh?


-- Eyell Makedo (, October 17, 1999.

JillD-- The only thing that's changed in the last few months is changing phone companies.

gene-- I might get my husband to give that a try...thanks for the info.

e.m.-- care to share what part of the country the problem occurred in? I'm in Delaware.

-- beej (, October 19, 1999.

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