Ring, ring, why don’t you give me a call?
Published: Sunday 2004-05-30.
I bought myself a caller display device yesterday since my old one doesn’t in this country, since it only handled Telia’s own standard and I also haven’t been able to get my analogue modem, which acts as an answering machine, to display the calling number, even though, according to the documentation, it should be able to do that.
The choice of caller display devices available for purchase isn’t the greatest, Elkjøp (link for old browsers) had one, Expert had one other—I guess most people buy phones with caller display built in. Since the one Expert was offering was the cheaper of the two, I bought it, a Doro sensor 55 (the black version as pictured here) for 99 Norwegian kroner (about 12 €). The device seems to work fine, after I was able to locate a cable to connect it with, the one included had a RJ-45 jack in the one end (with various plugs for different country standards) and a RJ-11 in the other, I need RJ-11 in both ends since both adapter and phone uses the smaller jack. As I noted, it works, when I call from my mobile phone I see its eight digit phone number in the display, and if I call via FWD from my laptop I see my six-digit FWD number. It’s a bit of a shame that I don’t get the name when I call via FWD, which people has reported receiving, but for a hundred I can live with that limitation.
The drawback of the international standard over the Swedish one is that the number is sent between the first and second ring tone, as opposed to before the first one, which means that you always have to wait one ringing. On the other hand the Swedish standard does give away whether someone has caller-id since the first ringing is delayed somewhat, so maybe they are just as good (or bad).
The interesting question now is who will have the honour of being the first ”real” caller to get the number presented. I don’t get that many calls, so it might take awhile and considering that the device stores 180 numbers it will probably take a year or two to fill it.
By the way, I noticed that it is possible to tell the telephone adapter to block callers with hidden numbers. If I hadn’t already reserved myself from getting calls from telemarketers, who seem to be the only ones with hidden numbers nowadays, I might have enabled it.
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