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Re: Unanswered Calls to Cell Phones

Anthony Bellanga (
Mon, 26 Dec 2005 16:09:51 -0700

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> (TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: However, considering that a cell phone
> is normally always within its owner's reach (a holster fastened to
> your trousers, in your purse, in a holder near the driver of an
> automobile, etc) it would seem very odd that it had to ring more than
> three or four times, at best, unanswered. PAT]

I dunno ...

Women do put their purse down somewhere and walk off momentarily,
or else they have so much sh*t stuffed into their purses they can't
easily grab a ringing cellphone immediately;

One might put their phone down on the table and walk off for a while,
not realizing that you might get an incoming call during the period
the phone is "unattended";

You forget to (or deliberately don't) take your cellphone with you
when you go to the bathroom;

You can't answer the phone even one within your reach because you are
involved with something else at that moment;

You might be on the phone with another call and just can't switch over
to answer the call-waiting beep, because the first call is an
important call (maybe you are on hold, and you just don't want to
leave the first call in case you are taken off hold at the moment you
have answered the new beeping call);

and so forth.

There are numerous reasons why one can't (or won't) answer their
inging cellphone at the moment it rings (or beeps or vibrates).

If you have to turn your phone off, most cellular carriers will
immediately send the incoming call to voicemail, or in the absence of
voicemail service on the called line (and there are those who never
did get voicemail when they first subscribed to cellular service), the
caller will be immediately sent to a "vacant" announcement indicating
that the desired party is either not available, or has roamed out of
any available coverage/service area.

If you have your phone turned on (and are in a signal/service area),
your phone will ring about four times (these days, your phone could
even ring six or more times), before the call is sent to voicemail, or
in the absence of voicemail, to a "vacant" type announcement described

I don't know about all carriers, but some carriers do NOT give you a
"caller-ID log" of incoming calls during the time your phone is turned
off. If a caller doesn't choose to leave voicemail when my phone is
turned off, I have no way of knowing that I had an attempt at an
incoming call. So ... I leave my phone turned on at just about all
times. I put it in "vibrate" mode if I am in a library, in a theater,
at church, or other places where it would be rude for an incoming call
to ring. That way, even if I don't answer an incoming "vibrating"
call, and the caller doesn't leave voicemail, I can at least know that
I had an incoming call from such-and-such a number (if the number is
deliverable) at such-and-such a time.

If I can "politely" answer the incoming vibrating call and talk in
a very low voice, I will. If I need to "force" the incoming call to
voicemail, the caller might hear one or two spurts of "ringing" tone
before being sent on to voicemail. If I can't even do that, then the
phone will quietly vibrate on my end with the calling party hearing
"ringing" tone, for about six "ring" cycles, until the cell switch
finally sends the call over to voicemail. The caller can choose to
leave voicemail or not, but at least I have seen something about an
incoming call, in the incoming Caller-ID Log, or even at the moment
the call is ringing (vibrating).

So, I don't consider it one bit "odd" that calls to a cellphone could
ring several times unanswered, ultimately going to voicemail, or else
going to a "vacant" announcement (called party is not available or has
roamed outside of the coverage area). We all depend on our (and
others') cellphones, but some of us do have other things we are
involved with at the moment the cellphone rings, things that take
precedance over a cellphone call, just like it with a a ringing
landline phone. That's why there is voicemail, answering machines, and
answering services. But some people might not even want these things
or services on their cellphone or landlines neither.

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