You don't want parents getting a busy signal
too often, but you don't want so many lines that personnel are unable to answer expeditiously.
Instead of a busy signal
, callers will hear a brief greeting and can leave a message after the tone.
CompuServe, AOL's largest competitor with about 2 million subscribers, ran an ad during the Super Bowl that featured a telephone busy signal
and offered a toll-free number sardonically scripted as 1-888-NOT-BUSY.
Though many suspected a busy signal
meant that the phones were off the hook, a City Council spokesperson told REW there were more than 1,000 calls to council headquarters, and the Mayor's Action Center, where the mayor's calls were referred, gave an unofficial report of "hundreds of calls.
In addition, the Contact Center allows subscribers to select call screening rules for their contacts, including always sending a caller to voicemail, to a fast busy signal
(blacklisting), or allowing a person to reach them when their number is set to "Do Not Disturb" (white-listing).
If you're considering a service that offers a flat rate, dial the data number at different times of the day to see how often you get a busy signal
If there's one thing that can get a die-hard ``American Idol'' fan's shorts in a knot, it's a chronic busy signal
on the phone line when it's time to vote for the weekly favorite singer.
record and keep getting a busy signal
, you're going to blame AOL,'' said Jim McDermott, vice president of new media technology for Polygram Group Distribution.
then routes each caller to the next available, skilled agent at one of several South American call centers, without a busy signal
and transparent to the caller.
The dispatcher got a busy signal
on the first call and no answer on a second call, after an operator had cleared the line for the emergency call.
This method is usually cost-effective, but users can encounter a busy signal
if several people are trying to use the lines at the same peak time.
The General Accounting Office, the nonpartisan oversight and investigation agency of Congress, reports that people who try to get assistance from the IRS by telephone, in most instances, either get a busy signal
or give up after being put on hold.