When the phone rings

United States
May 13, 2007 6:52pm CST
When the phone rings..what do you do..Do you have caller id and look and see if its a number you know? Do you pick up the phone say "hello..this is...how can I help you".?? What do you do when the phone rings???
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@callarse1 (4793)
• United States
14 May 07
Yes, I look at the caller ID, if it looks like a telemarketer I answer it and usually hang up on them midway. In fact I have done it several times. To be honest with you, I did it because our phone is terrible and I couldn't hear what they were saying. We have a new phone now so I can actually hear them, so I will tell them not to call. Generally I will answer the phone and if I don't know who it is I will say "Hello, how may I help you?" and the caller says "This is X, may I speak to Y?", then I can tell it is a telemarketer and I will tell him/her not to call anymore and we aren't interested. If it is my friends, I will usually just say "Hello, how are your doing?" Pablo
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• United States
14 May 07
Glad you got a new phone and can hear things better;) I myself use a headset..via voip..I never use a regular phone..Sometimes the reception is great..other times not;)
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@callarse1 (4793)
• United States
17 May 07
Wow! Thanks for the best response, well our phone is with the phone company. It's that our phone was over 5 years old and I think it was breaking so I would have to always say "HUH?" when anyone called. So if I was a telemarketer I just had to hang up cos I couldn't hear anything. Pablo
@kgwat70 (13396)
• United States
14 May 07
I only have a cell phone so I look at the caller id before I pick up the phone. If it is a number that I know or the name of the person I know comes up, I will answer it. If it is unavailable I will not answer the phone. I always say hello when I do answer the phone but never say my name, except for when I am at work. At work, I will say thank you for calling, this is Ken, how may I help you?
• United States
14 May 07
So Ken..you only have a cell phone..Poor boy..or is this you phone of choice..You know netzero gives you unlimited calling for 14.95 a month..all across the usa ..first month is free.:)
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@dawnrm69 (1174)
• United States
14 May 07
Yes I have caller Id and yes I do look to see the number. I do not answer if it says unknown caller now i admit I was busy a few times and did not look and it was a sales call and I just politly said I am to be on the do not call list can you please make sure I am thank you and then i hang up.
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• United States
14 May 07
I have caller id..but I usually answer the phone regardless whether they show their number or not..My phone number is blocked as many times I do phone calls for my company on the phone..and I don't want everyone that is a client calling me all hours;+
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@oriental (1051)
• Uruguay
14 May 07
When the phone rings I pick up it and say: "Hola. ¿Quién habla?" (Hello. Who is calling?). To tell the truth and all the truth, most times I ask another one at home to pick up the phone.
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• United States
15 May 07
Isn't that very kind of you, Oriental, to allow others to answer the phone;) I always wondered the spanish answer to the Telephone..thanks for sharing;)+
• United States
14 May 07
Well..seeing how this past year I just get hang ups all the time,.and usually i would run.drop things hurry and then they hang up..rrgghh! makes me so mad..so now i screen all my calls,and if i like you ill pick up lol..or i happen to pick it up and its a tele marketer.,.i give it to Sky and let him talk there ears off lol..
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• United States
15 May 07
Reading your handling of telemarketers makes me laugh..When I cared for an elderly lady with Altzheimers they would call her house..Usually we answered the phone and handled the calls..but when telemarketers called we handed the phone to her..and wasnt long they were gone..She began asking them how the horses were doing or if they could give her a ride home;)+
@RL2006 (494)
• United States
15 May 07
I do have caller id. I usually answer the phone if I know the party on the other end, I usually don't answer telemarketer phone calls. But I don't get many unknown number phone calls.
@Destiny007 (5820)
• United States
15 May 07
If I am the one answering I check the caller ID. The only time I answer the phone is when my wife is either gone or asleep. Since whoever is calling is usually wanting her anyway, she usually answers it, after checking the ID. Depending on what I am doing when the phone rings determines how it is answered. If I am gaming and it is a bad time, I can be quite short. If I am doing anything and get interrupted the same applies. In fact, I hate talking on the phone so much...and absolutely loathe hearing it ring so much, that people usually hope I am not the one who answers it. If it is a bill collector or a telemarketer, then watch out. Just because I have a phone number does not mean people have to use it...
@mimatexas (1835)
• United States
14 May 07
I look at the caller id before I pick up the phone. If it's a 1800 number I don't answer since I know is salesmen. Others I don't answer are long distance numbers unless I know the number. I usually answer by saying Hello.
@easy888 (10405)
• Australia
14 May 07
Hello,littlefranciscan,i do not have any caller id for my home phone ,so everytime when i pick up the phone,i do not know who is calling and i will say hello to them ,most of the time,i can recognize the voices if i know them or i will ask them who they are if i cannot recognize their voices.Is it rude?:P
@oriental (1051)
• Uruguay
14 May 07
When the phone rings I pick up the phone and say: "Hola. ¿Quién habla? (Hello. Who calls?). To say the truth and all the truth, most times I ask another person at home to pick up the phone.