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MiaKnox
Posted: Thursday, February 9, 2012 2:03:49 PM
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Hello!

How would we write the sound we hear when calling someone, and they don't answer??

Think
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Thursday, February 9, 2012 2:13:35 PM

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Ring ring
Prrrr
Toot
MiaKnox
Posted: Thursday, February 9, 2012 2:15:55 PM
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I think toot is what I'm looking for... for example
I dial and while I wait for the person to answer I hear "toot .... toot... toot..." is that right?

Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Thursday, February 9, 2012 2:39:47 PM

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With modern phones it depends on your operator or phone model.
redgriffin
Posted: Thursday, February 9, 2012 3:36:02 PM
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I hear Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No2 when I get calls.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Thursday, February 9, 2012 4:22:54 PM

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Yeah, red!
You can hear Nokia Tune or Sibelius' Jääkärimarssi or whatever,
but when you make a call...
leonAzul
Posted: Thursday, February 9, 2012 4:38:11 PM

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MiaKnox wrote:
Hello!

How would we write the sound we hear when calling someone, and they don't answer??

Think


That would depend on the phone system.

Most telephones in the US still imitate the sound made in by two bells, a solenoid, and the pulse waves sent down the line when the crank was turned, which could be written as "brrrrrrring," or more commonly "ring".

Many land-lines I've used just use the pulse waves, or "buzz," which sounds like a "brrrrrrrrt" or a "bzzzzzzzt".

Mobile phones could be anything.



Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Thursday, February 9, 2012 6:22:30 PM

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If you are ringing and no-one answers, you get "ringing tone" which sounds like:
Brrr..Brrr..........brrr..brrr...........brrr..brrrr...........(two rings and a pause)

If their phone is engaged (busy speaking) you get:
Brrrrrrrr.............brrrrrrr................brrrrrrrr..........(long ring and a pause)
srirr
Posted: Thursday, February 9, 2012 11:45:59 PM

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Many a subscribers now have caller tunes on their mobile phones. These are mostly the songs, and sometimes recorded funny dialogues.

dingdong
Posted: Friday, February 10, 2012 9:58:07 AM
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MiaKnox wrote:
I think toot is what I'm looking for... for example
I dial and while I wait for the person to answer I hear "toot .... toot... toot..." is that right?



MiaKnox,
Toot, toot, toot sounds more like a traffic jam. To be fair, though, I've never called anyone in Brazil.
Dragonspeaker's description is a good one (for UK) and makes me feel quite nostalgic.
jacobusmaximus
Posted: Friday, February 10, 2012 11:12:35 AM

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MiaKnox wrote:
Hello!


Think
How would we write the sound we hear when calling someone, and they don't answer??


If you are using a telephone then any of the above replies may be correct. If you are calling across the ether then you might hear the sound of silence, or trains or buses, depending upon where you are. On UK phones we would say the 'phone rang out' or, I got the 'number unobtainable tone'.
Coronita
Posted: Monday, January 22, 2018 9:18:22 AM

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Shhh ...Only DragOnSpeaker answered the question... Shhh
Good for you, btw.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Monday, January 22, 2018 4:04:44 PM

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Hello Coronita.

Welcome to the forum.
Thanks for the acknowledgement!
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