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    Call Bar on incomming calls?

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      Call Bar on incomming calls?

      Hi there,

      I'm a tenant in a household of six people and my Landlady is a subscriber to a sky package that includes broadband, basic TV and phone line.

      The problem is that while the phone is very useful to some of us for receiving incoming calls, the landlord (quite reasonably) doesn't want us to run up a bill with outgoing calls.

      The problem is that some of the tenants simply do not respect that rule - and keep running up a bill. The landlady has told me that she will have to remove the phone altogether if the outgoing calls continue, which would mean I would struggle to stay in contact with certain friends and family members.

      I suggested to my landlady that she could get Sky to place a block on outbound calls, or perhaps put a pin lock on the phone - however the Sky representatives she has talked to, all insisted that they could not do such a thing and that they could only block premium and international calls.

      Now I've been both a BT and Virgin customer and in one instance I needed to block all outbound calls and in the other I needed to block mobile numbers. Those companies were willing and able to do so, so presumably there is no technical reason why Sky could not either (despite one Sky representative's claims that to block outgoing calls would prevent the internet access from working!)

      Does anyone know of a way of greasing the wheels and getting Sky to comply with my Landlady's wishes? Is there a specific magic word (other than "please") or perhaps somebody who can be bribed/coerced/bullied into providing *gasp* customer service?

      Any help regarding this matter would be greatly appreciated, as losing the ability to take incoming calls will greatly inconvenience me and at least one other householder here.

      Thanks in advance,

      Regards

      Tom


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      Re: Call Bar on incomming calls?

      I think only a hardware solution will be available - something like this if you can find one on sale somewhere Or maybe on fleabay:

      Commtel Internet and Phone Guard
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      Re: Call Bar on incomming calls?

      Hi Speedy, thanks for the reply. That thing might work, but do you think it would interfere with the broadband connection?

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      Quote Originally Posted by Ceefax View Post
      Hi Speedy, thanks for the reply. That thing might work, but do you think it would interfere with the broadband connection?
      No I don't think it would be a problem as it fits into the voice socket and then you plug the phone into the device.
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      Re: Call Bar on incomming calls?

      She could always get everyone to write the numbers which they call in a book.

      When the phone bill is produced each month you can download the entire lot as a CSV file.

      You can then import this into your spreadsheet and compare it to the book.

      From there is is possible to work out how much each individual should be paying. I would also charge everyone for a share of the monthly rental costs.

      Should someone be wanting to leave in the middle of the month, you can actually check the call charges up to 3 days previous.

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