Here is an interesting situation which I have never heard of before. It
occurred to my co-worker who is in the process of moving from one apartment
to another one about 8 miles away.
She has a roommate who is staying in the old apartment for a short time
longer than my co-worker. My co-worker asked for the phone in the new
apartment to be connected as soon as possible (the number is to stay the
same). I have not asked her, but I assume that she also requested that the
old number be disconnected at some date which was later than the request
for the new line.
The end result is that the new line was connected and the old location is
also still connected resulting in two phones in two physically separate
locations having the same phone number and both ringing when a call is
Just thought it was interesting to note, since I didn't know the telco [Moderator's Note: An 'extension phone' can be hooked up anywhere in the I might add this is how the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the CIA
could do that. I just assumed it was one number per line.
loop. Two or more wire pairs can be wired in parallel from the central
office as easily as they can be in your home. What you are describing is
how 'answering services' have always been wired. A wire pair to the answering
service is attached to your pair in the phone office; you both get the same
calls. If you pick up first, the ringing stops on their end.
also listen to you (assuming authorized taps, of course). When telco is
served with a court order to apply a tap to your line, they tie another
pair on your line in the office and send it through a coil and off to the
FBI. **And they charge both YOU and the FBI for the price of the line!!**
No smiley given here. PT]
[Moderator's Note: An 'extension phone' can be hooked up anywhere in the
I might add this is how the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the CIA