Sure enough, as predicted in my previous post, around 10:30pm last night, my phone started working again. It is DEFINITELY following a pattern, the past three nights only being out between around 7:30pm to 11:00pm. I called the number the repair guy left for me yesterday just a few minutes ago, he will be coming back out today. I told him, I don't think the problem is here, I think it is at the BellSouth offices, but he's coming back out anyway. He asked did I have some kind of security system in my home, he said that could be causing it, but no, I have no security system in this house. Only things hooked up to the phone line here are my phones, answering machine, caller-id, computer, and Directv box. Night before last, I tried unplugging my Directv box, just as a test, but the phones were still dead. Last night, throughout most of the outage, the computer was off, that made no difference either, phones were still dead. It has GOT to be something they are screwing up on!
The repair guy never showed. It's 8:58pm and the phone is dead yet again. I just did something the service representative suggested I try. She said, if the phone goes dead again, go outside to the "service box" outside my house and plug a telephone directly into the "test jack" located inside the box. She said if it works out there, the problem is inside my house. If it still doesn't work when plugging it in out there, she said the problem is elsewhere. Well, my hunch earlier was right. The problem is elsewhere, not inside my house. It is something those idiots are screwing up on! I called Susan's house earlier, don't think she was in from work yet, left a message on her machine, just telling her I was calling early, because I had a feeling the phone would die sometime after 8, and sure enough I was right! This telephone shit is pissing me off big time. Not sure how late I'm going to be up tonight, being I work in the morning, but if I'm up later when the phone starts working again, I'm calling them up and giving them a piece of my mind!