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Phone Butler from Morgan-Francis
The Phone Butler is a very compact device that resembles a regular phone
jack. To install it, you simply remove the connection to your telephone
and replace it with the attached cord on the Phone Butler, then plug the
cord from your phone in to the open connection on the Phone Butler. Since
you won't need to access the unit once it's installed, you can put the
Phone Butler on a hidden remote jack that does not have a phone connected
to it, removing it completely from view. Neither batteries nor a power
cord is necessary - the Phone Butler draws its power from the telephone
Under test conditions, we found the Phone Butler to be very easy to install and extremely easy to use, from any phone. Since it works in a passive mode, operator intervention is always required to activate it - you'll always need to press a button to make it work. It's more work than other devices, but it allows you to skip the automatically generated tone other devices utilize. While the legally correct message does inform telemarketers you don't want them to call you, you won't ever know if a telemarketer were making repeated attempts, so you wouldn't be able to enforce the legality of the message. Also, this unit only works with touch-tone phones set to tone and not pulse.
Privacy Corps recommends this product as a low cost option to easing the pain of telemarketing calls, especially considering that only one unit is required for each phone line, as opposed to needing a unit at each phone. It would also be a great complement to a unit like the TeleZapper, for those manually dialed calls that do get through from small, local marketers. Also, the inventor/manufacturer provides free technical support.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Will just ONE Phone Butler really serve ALL of my phones?
Yes, unless you have more than one telephone number in your home that you want to activate. One Phone Butler is all that is needed for your main phone and extensions, including cordless phones.
Do I need to use or replace a battery or provide an external source of power?
No. The Phone Butler runs off the tiny amount of electric current now present in your phone line. No battery or electric outlet is used or needed.
I have two phone numbers in my home but only one phone jack; will the Phone Butler work on both lines?
No, but there is a solution. The Phone butler was designed for single-line, residential use. If you have 2 lines, you will need to purchase a line splitter which plugs into your jack and has 2 female receptacles, one for each number (Line 1 & Line 2). Determine which number you want your Phone Butler to serve and plug it into that receptacle (Line 1 or 2). Plug your phone into the Phone Butler and you are all set. If you want The Phone Butler to service both lines, you will need to purchase 2 units. Again, the Phone Butler will serve ALL phones on a line, including cordless, but you need 1 Phone Butler for each phone number.
Is there a monthly charge like Caller-ID units? Is there a usage charge,
for example, are you charged every time you use the Phone Butler?
Doesn't Caller-ID do the same thing?
I call my number to retrieve my voice mails and need to press "star 2" to get them...will I get the Phone Butler? / When someone calls and gets our voice mail, they are directed to hit "*2 for my wife", "*3 for my children" etc., will they get the Phone Butler?
They would BUT, we planned ahead for this. The Phone Butler has an auto shut-off feature programmed into it. When you call your voice mail or record the codes for your callers to choose from, simply ADD another star to the end of the code (example: calling home for messages and your code is "*2", just press *2* ) (example: friends get your voice mail listing for individuals in your home... just record the individual codes with an additional star, i.e. children *3* ). The Phone Butler is programmed with a 1 and 1/2 second delay so by pushing the star for the second time after the code, your Phone Butler will go back to stand-by without a whisper.
If I have call waiting and get another call from a telemarketer, can I use the Phone Butler on the second caller?
Sorry, you cannot. The Phone Butler is programmed to deploy on the incoming call, if you choose. In call waiting, the second call is virtually a "second line "so the Phone Butler cannot activate on it. Our studies show most folks don't have a problem with telemarketers coming in on a call waiting second line as they just say they are on another call.
What happens if the caller hangs up before the message is finished?
Will they put us on the do-not-call list?
What connection is needed for the Phone Butler?
Can we put our own message on it?
Is the Phone Butler FCC (Federal Communications Commission) approved?
Does the use of a speaker phone affect the power or voltage?
Will lightning affect the Phone Butler?
How will the unit affect an answering machine?
Doesn't the phone company charge you when you use the 'star' button?
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