I came home the other day and as usual checked my answer- phone, it was flashing, so I pressed the ‘play’ button, again, and again, it just wouldn’t connect, I tapped and thumped and jiggled it from one side to the other, but no joy it just would not give up my message, How dare it, it’s MY message and I have every right to hear it, it could be important, maybe some long lost relative has died and I’m heiress to a fortune, or maybe I’ve been invited to Buckingham palace to dine with Her Maj. I’ve got to know, NOW.
Eventually it reluctantly gave up the message, and no, it wasn’t anything exciting, but then I noticed the light that told me the machine was working, wasn’t, I tried accessing the message again and the machine held out on me. The same thing happened the next time there was a message. i realized that things weren’t quite right. i phoned the telephone company [BT] and explained the problem, I was asked the make and model of the phones I was told “ sorry, it’s an old model and we don’t mend them ‘’ It’s only about five years old I said, so can’t I have a replacement answerphone only, ‘’not for that model, you have to buy a complete set’’ I’ve got four phones plus ans’phone. and was not amused, I could not believe that a whole set of phones could be dumped simply for the sake of a little button , ridiculous!
I spent the day on the internet searching for a new deal with the same set up I had, the sheer number of makes and models was bewildering, but after a day and a half I managed to get a whole new outfit from E-bay, refurbished for half price, just over £40 incl P&P, OK it was quite a bargain, but it’s forty odd quid I could have done without spending. This throwaway society is getting out of hand.
I got the new contraption up and running next day and feel it was money spent for nothing new, just a replacement. it’s all wrong.