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"He's not here" phone button

Silence a ringing phone if you know that person is out of the office
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Sometimes a coworker's phone in the next cubicle starts ringing, but I know they've left for the day. It's annoying to have to listen to it continue to ring 3 more times before it goes to voicemail.

There should be buttons on *my* phone, in my cubicle, to mute that phonecall and immediately send it to voicemail. The caller (and coworker) would probably be grateful for this service if it were available.

On internet type phones I assume the technology is possible. Thank you.

phundug, Apr 25 2008

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       The technology has been around since at least the early 1980s.
AbsintheWithoutLeave, Apr 25 2008
  

       The obvious solution to this is not to work in a cubicle. How long 'til you're eligible for parole?
MaxwellBuchanan, Apr 25 2008
  

       Disconnect the offending phone. The call will just go to voicemail anyway.
phoenix, Apr 25 2008
  

       Dave's not here.
Zimmy, Apr 28 2008
  

       Could you not just encourage your neighbour to set their phone to silent before they go out? No, now I think about it, if life was that simple the world would be a nicer place...
Secession, Apr 29 2008
  

       You could be cruel and forward the offender’s phone to someone you hate. Or if you don’t hate anyone, you could forward it to those numbers with amusing or annoying answering people/machines; like the “Hot Chicks Love Line” or perhaps the “Psycho Hot Line” where it says press 11111111111 if you’re obsessive… How about the “Rejection Line” number that is popular for women to hand out in bars to obsessively soliciting men who ‘just won't go away”.
CwP, May 01 2008
  
      
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