Phone landline dialtone beeps

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Old 03-28-13, 04:34 PM
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Phone landline dialtone beeps

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I have an old ITT brand desktop, push-button telephone. I get a dialtone,but after pressing three number keys, I hear a rapidly beeping dialtone sound, alternating on-off-on-off, etc at about 1/2 second intervals. The calls do not go through, as a result.

I have only tried plugging in the phone at work. I don't have an operating landline plug at home. I tried an old rotary phone a few months ago at work, and that worked just fine on this line.


Could the problem be that I am trying the phone on a workline? I am plugging into the main jack at the point it enters the business.

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Luke
 
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Old 03-28-13, 06:55 PM
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If you're sure you're at the actual incoming phone line and not a switching system port......it's sounds like maybe the touch tones are off frequency. I've seen some inexpensive and old phones where the tone tone generating section has drifted off frequency.

Maybe you could try it at a friends house on a regular line.
 
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Old 03-28-13, 11:01 PM
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I wonder if work has a PBX that, when using an analog phone, requires dialing to an outside line with a certain number first, like 9, and if you don't dial 9 first then the pulsing dial tone is to let you know that you dialed an invalid extension...
 
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Old 03-30-13, 01:46 PM
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Thanks for your help. I tried the ITT phone at a friend's home and it worked fine. The problem must have been in the work phone line. I had an old rotary phone that worked fine on the work line, but this ITT phone and my cordless phone both had the same problem at work...after pushing a few buttons the dial tone started beeping. I sold the ITT phone on ebay and wanted to make sure it worked before shipping. Thanks again...
 
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