A sure cure for message unitsThe major cause of high phone bills are those little message units. The only areas with unlimited outgoing service are the golden ghettos; those who could afford it but don't have to pay. Anyway, you can get around many of those annoying message units with the Black Box, also known as a mute, an Agnew, an Incoming device. The versatile Y1PI, model Is the simplest unit you can build, if you haven't done so, get Issue no. 11 and do it.
The Black Box won't let you receive calls free unless they are long distance. If they're local, and you answer on "Free" you'll be disconnected in up to 20 seconds. However, many times we call friends just for a second to see if they're home or to tell them to come down an open the door, or pick them up because their train just arrived. These calls often last less than 15 seconds, but they cost message units, and those little buggers add up. (No offense meant). Here's how to do it:
When you're expecting your friend to call, flip switch to "Free" and then pick up. The phone will be ringing loudly in your ear, but you'll be able to hear your friend between the rings. They should loudly give their message, between the rings, and hang up. You can answer them if you want. Even if the phone is tapped, the beauty of this system is that those listening can't tell if the two of you are simply on extensions at the calling party's house! And since your friend hangs up before you answer, of course there is no charge.
Sure, this isn't for long conversations, but it's easy, fun and saves money on those little message units. Even though a special, expensive test unit can detect a black box on your line if they know you already have one, it won't detect it at all if you use it like this for under two minutes, or fifteen rings. Don't hesitate to try it if you have a message unit problem each month. Our black box plans are so easy that anyone, and you too, can build it for one dollar in 30 minutes.
When calling to see if stores are open, friends are home, etc., hang up the second you hear the phone answered and you won't have to pay for the call, EVEN IF THE CALL IS LONG DISTANCE. Works great from pay phones, all of them! Just think, you may never answer your phone again!
A sure cure for message units