The Phone Butler is a very compact device that resembles
a regular phone jack. To install it, you simply remove the connection to your
telephone and replace it with the attached cord on the Phone Butler, then plug
the cord from your phone in to the open connection on the Phone Butler. Since
you won't need to access the unit once it's installed, you can put the Phone Butler
on a hidden remote jack that does not have a phone connected to it, removing it
completely from view. Neither batteries nor a power cord is necessary - the Phone
Butler draws its power from the telephone company wiring.
Butler is designed to be a passive unit, meaning that to activate it, operator
input is required. When a friend calls, you do nothing. When a telemarketer calls
you press the * key on any phone and hang up, letting the Phone Butler
take over by delivering a polite message in a British-butlers"
voice, and then terminates the call automatically. The dialog of the message puts
telemarketers on legal notice that you want your number placed on their Do
Not Call list.
Under test conditions, we found the Phone Butler
to be very easy to install and extremely easy to use, from any phone. Since it
works in a passive mode, operator intervention is always required to activate
it - you'll always need to press a button to make it work. It's more work than
other devices, but it allows you to skip the automatically generated tone other
devices utilize. While the legally correct message does inform telemarketers you
don't want them to call you, you won't ever know if a telemarketer were making
repeated attempts, so you wouldn't be able to enforce the legality of the message.
Also, this unit only works with touch-tone phones set to tone and
Privacy Corps recommends this product as
a low cost option to easing the pain of telemarketing calls, especially considering
that only one unit is required for each phone line, as opposed to needing a unit
at each phone. It would also be a great complement to a unit like the TeleZapper,
for those manually dialed calls that do get through from small, local marketers.
Also, the inventor/manufacturer provides free technical support.
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Asked Questions (FAQ)
Will just ONE Phone Butler really serve
ALL of my phones?
Yes, unless you have more than one telephone number
in your home that you want to activate. One Phone Butler is all that is needed
for your main phone and extensions, including cordless phones.
I need to use or replace a battery or provide an external source of power?
No. The Phone Butler runs off the tiny amount of electric current now present
in your phone line. No battery or electric outlet is used or needed.
two phone numbers in my home but only one phone jack; will the Phone Butler work
on both lines?
No, but there is a solution. The Phone butler was designed
for single-line, residential use. If you have 2 lines, you will need to purchase
a line splitter which plugs into your jack and has 2 female receptacles, one for
each number (Line 1 & Line 2). Determine which number you want your Phone
Butler to serve and plug it into that receptacle (Line 1 or 2). Plug your phone
into the Phone Butler and you are all set. If you want The Phone Butler to service
both lines, you will need to purchase 2 units. Again, the Phone Butler will serve
ALL phones on a line, including cordless, but you need 1 Phone Butler for each
Is there a monthly charge like Caller-ID units? Is there
a usage charge, for example, are you charged every time you use the Phone Butler?
No. Once you purchase the Phone Butler, it is yours without any further charges,
just like an answering machine.
Doesn't Caller-ID do the same thing?
No. Telephone solicitors have figured out ways to scramble your caller-ID
unit. By having your Phone Butler handle these calls, you know that solicitors
have been told to stay away. Those who don't obey will be subject to the penalties
of Federal law.
I call my number to retrieve my voice mails and need
to press "star 2" to get them...will I get the Phone Butler? / When
someone calls and gets our voice mail, they are directed to hit "*2 for my
wife", "*3 for my children" etc., will they get the Phone Butler?
They would BUT, we planned ahead for this. The Phone Butler has an
auto shut-off feature programmed into it. When you call your voice mail or record
the codes for your callers to choose from, simply ADD another star to the end
of the code (example: calling home for messages and your code is "*2",
just press *2* ) (example: friends get your voice mail listing for individuals
in your home... just record the individual codes with an additional star, i.e.
children *3* ). The Phone Butler is programmed with a 1 and 1/2 second delay so
by pushing the star for the second time after the code, your Phone Butler will
go back to stand-by without a whisper.
If I have call waiting and get
another call from a telemarketer, can I use the Phone Butler on the second caller?
Sorry, you cannot. The Phone Butler is programmed to deploy on the
incoming call, if you choose. In call waiting, the second call is virtually a
"second line "so the Phone Butler cannot activate on it. Our studies
show most folks don't have a problem with telemarketers coming in on a call waiting
second line as they just say they are on another call.
if the caller hangs up before the message is finished? Will they put us on the
They better! From the Phone Butler's first words,
phone solicitors know
they're being told you don't want their calls. Unless
they listen to the rest of
the message and put you on the "Don Not Call"
list, they are breaking federal law.
What connection is needed for the
You need a modular (RJ-11) phone jack, which is present
in most post-1973 homes. It is a tiny plug-in type of receptacle. If you have
a 4-prong jack, you can purchase a modular plug at your local K-Mart, Wal-Mart,
or Phone Store for under $3 and use it to install the Phone Butler. However, the
Phone Butler can only be used on TOUCH-TONE phones set to 'tone', not 'pulse'.
The Phone Butler needs the tone to be activated, therefore it will NOT work on
Can we put our own message on it?
Phone Butler is pre-programmed to terminate telemarketing calls
in compliance with federal laws.
Is the Phone Butler FCC (Federal Communications
Yes. The FCC has approved the Phone Butler
for use in the United States.
Does the use of a speaker phone affect
the power or voltage?
Possibly. The Phone Butler was designed to
operate off the small amount of power in your phone line to eliminate the need
for batteries. If you stay on the line after activation, or remain on the line
with a speakerphone, those things draw on the power. In some areas, the volume
and speed of the Phone Butler may diminish slightly. Our suggestion is to hang
up after pressing star, but you can remain on the line... The choice is up to
Will lightning affect the Phone Butler?
I do not know
of anything that is NOT affected by a lightning strike. Our
us that if lightning strikes the Phone Butler, it will probably
out. If that happens, send it back, and we'll replace it for shipping
handling charges only.
How will the unit affect an answering machine?
Not at all. Just plug it in. You may want to refer to your answering machine
manual for ancillary devices. A simpler way is just to install the Phone Butler
in a different jack.
Doesn't the phone company charge you when you use
the 'star' button?
Only if you are using the star button to activate a
feature (like tracing the last number that called
you). There is NO such charge, or ANY charge by ANYONE, for using the Phone Butler.
Again, it is your property and, similar to a computer or answering machine, only
for a specific use.