By 5pm, around 200 people had got through to speak to the trio, with thousands more getting an engaged tone
or a recorded message.
I know from personal experience, the importance of sitting by the 'phone waiting for 8am when my surgery's booking line opens - even so I have often heard the engaged tone
even when dialling on the dot of 8am as someone else's finger was obviously quicker on the keypad.
ISPCC chief Grainia Long said: "Nobody wants a scared and frightened child who needs to talk to be met with an engaged tone
because Childline cannot answer their 3am call.
The idea that you may be the one to lose out on a final ticket while your screen is locked or you constantly get the engaged tone
eats away at the soul.
A telephone hotline also brought hours of frustration for many callers, with some charged more than PS100 for calls that were met with an engaged tone
People wanting to buy tickets for this summer's Commonwealth Games were faced with long delays and problems with transactions earlier this week while it has emerged that callers to the ticket line were charged while listening to the engaged tone
She said that while they are introducing a low-rate 01656 number, this poses its own problems because unlike the 0845 number, which offers call queuing, patients may be met with an engaged tone
at busy times.
When you ring the number back, the call is immediately dropped or an engaged tone
is played and the victim is charged.
Apparently, Stewart only got an engaged tone
as Pattinson has been busy consoling Rupert Sanders wife Liberty Ross, who is going through divorce proceedings with her husband because of his affair with the 22-year-old actress.
They risk being met with a frustrating engaged tone
(do they bother to call back later, or do they call another restaurant?
We will be knocking on the door or trying to get their mobile numbers and at best all we will get is the engaged tone
But when the Rutherglen and Hamilton West MP's staff rang the Atos helpline, they got the engaged tone
134 times before getting through.