Busy Verification By Operator Not Allowed (August 1999)
This recording was found when I was testing out a CLEC exchange that
had not been activated. Instead of getting a "not activated"
recording from the incumbent LEC, I got this one instead.
Deposit 5 cents for 4 minutes (January 1999)
This was supposed to have been the test number announcement for new
Area Code 732 in New Jersey. Instead you got a recording from an
ACTS (automated coin toll service) machine informing you to put more
money in a pay phone (they later fixed it).
911 on backup system (January 1999)
Informing callers to 911 that they are on a backup system and the
call cannot be traced.
ACTS Disconnection Notice (2002)
This recording played for callers who made automated coin calls via
AT&T's ACTS (Automated Coin Toll System) just before AT&T
discontinued the service in the fall of 2002.
Call Cannot Be Completed - Choice One (November 2003)
Choice One is a CLEC in various places around the US. This recording
was from attempting to dial a toll-free call to a number that is not in service.
Recorded from a cell phone in Portland, ME.
dialed is now a local call (July 2004)
A number of local telephone companies in the US are expanding their
calling area for their customers. Here is a recording from Las
Vegas, NV informing customers that they no longer need to call
Laughlin, NV as a toll call. After the recording played, I got an
"all circuits busy" recording from my own local central
lives in the telephone building (June 2005)
A test number from Brooklyn, NY. Normally a test number like this
announces the location of the telephone switch, type of switch, and
the prefixes it serves. This one has a bit of a twist - the
technician used an "Elvis" type of voice.
Not Available For Extended Period (September 2005)
After Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, a
vast majority of telephone switches were out of service. Bell South
installed this recording on their LATA tandem switch in the New
Orleans area and played for callers who attempted calls to switches
that were out of service.
411 w/James Earl Jones branding (November 2005)
The intro to Verizon's 411 directory assistance. James Earl Jones
was a long-time voice for Verizon & Verizon Wireless (dating
back to Bell Atlantic times), but his contract was not renewed in
2006 and a female voice is used instead.
Announcement of seven zeros (November 2005)
From Fishers Island, NY - When you dial (631) 788-0000, instead of
getting a centralized or automated intercept, you just get seven
zeros. I assume this is some sort of local Automated Number
Identification system, but for an outside caller all they get are
seven zeros. Note the inflection on the last zero in each set.
Tennessee 211 (March 2006)
An example call to the Middle
Tennessee 211, a service that provides 24/7 access to Information about the Crisis Center, First Call for Help, The Family Center and United Way for 22 counties in Middle Tennessee.
This call was placed from a Cingular cell phone in Chattanooga.
(Note the TTY tones after the first announcement.)
Call Waiting on #1AESS switch (November 2006)
The Western Electric #1AESS switch is a computer controlled
analog switch. It was the first switch to support Call Waiting.
Since it is an analog switch, you get to hear all the wonderful
clicks of reed relays when you hear a Call Waiting call comes in.
The first noises are the relay clicks, the Call Waiting tone (440
Hz) and the Customer Premises Equipment Alert Signal (2130 & 2750 Hz) that if there were a Call
Waiting Caller ID box, it would send back a Touch Tone "A" or "D" digit and
then the switch would send Caller ID tones. The second tone is the
second Call Waiting tone, which comes on the fourth ring. Then you
hear the calling party hanging up with even more clicks.
Cynthia in AL
Progress on #1AESS switch (November 2006)
Here's a call progress example on a #1AESS switch. This is an
intra-switch call since the click immediately after the last digit
and goes into a ring. If this were an inter-switch call, the click
would occur after the switch was able to send the call to the
destination, either by MF tones (several seconds) or SS7 signalling
(usually about a second)
Cynthia in AL
Birmingham, AL 311 (November 2006)
An example of a call to the Birmingham, AL 311 (centralized
non emergency number) after hours. Notice this was an inter-switch
call from the above #1AESS switch.
Cynthia in AL
Privacy Director (November 2006)
An example of the recording you get when you call someone
with Privacy Director, which is used to help prevent telemarketing
Cynthia in AL
Milwuakee 211 Service (December 2006)
An example recording when you dial the 211 service in
Milwuakee 711 Service (December 2006)
An example recording when you dial the 711 service in
Milwaukee, WI. It assumes that it is a TTY caller unless you speak,
hence it is all TTY tones.