I shipped off one of my best friends yesterday.
My cordless phone started acting strangely yesterday. It would not hang up. I would hit the off button and put down the handset thinking all was well, only to find out when I went to make a call later, the phone had been off the hook the entire time. The only way I could disconnect the call was to go unplug the base from the wall. This was rather inconvenient being that usually I was not anywhere near the base while making a call. This is the beauty of the cordless phone after-all. Not only was in inconvenient to go all the way to the base, but the base was plugged into the wall behind my dresser; moving this dresser was very inconvenient.
I went to the VTech website to try to find some magic solution to this mystery. I went through their 50 step troubleshooting plan…nothing.
So, I call the company. They said my phone should not be doing this, especially since it is only 6 weeks old. (No, really?) They said I must send it back; they will fix it or send me a new one. It will take 4 to 6 weeks. 4 TO 6 WEEKS, PEOPLE!!!
I packed up my beloved phone and sent it off this morning with my dh. Now I have ONE phone. It is attached to the wall, with a CORD!! It does not tell me who is calling before I answer the phone. I must answer the phone blind. BLIND, PEOPLE! What if it is someone I don’t want to talk to? What if it is the election people, again? What if it is the Association for the Betterment of Battered Mice wanting a donation? I WON’T KNOW UNTILL I ANSWER!
It gets worse; I now have no answering machine either. Not only won’t I know who called by looking on my magic phone handset, but no one can leave me a message. People will call over the next 4 TO 6 WEEKS! and I will not know about it AT ALL!
I vaguely remember the days before caller ID, cordless phones and answering machines. I remember having to run to the phone on the wall and try to answer it before they hung up. I remember the acute disappointment when it was not my husband or my best friend. It was the guy from the local paper wanting to sell me a subscription.
I am not sure I can hang on for 4 TO 6 WEEKS! How did we ever survive without cordless phones, caller ID, and answering machines?
Ask me in 4 TO 6 WEEKS!