Off the hook alert noise

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Phones & TV
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Phones & TV
DH was awoken at 4am by a noise that turned out to be the downstairs phone (I’m a heavy sleeper and didn’t hear it). It was loud enough that he heard it from upstairs, and he found the phone had been left off the hook.

We’re trying to work out how long the phone was off, we didn’t take any calls after 2pm and he came to be last at 12.30am. How long does it take for the alert tone to get loud enough to hear from upstairs? The phone was in the room with us all evening and we didn’t hear an alert before bed.


  • Owain_MoneysaverOwain_Moneysaver Forumite
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    Depends on the exchange. If it was applied automatically it's usually about 3 minutes after the other party has hung up. After midnight it might have been applied by automated line testing.

    Or it was on earlier and you just didn't hear it.
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