The standoff

Mobile phones aren’t perfect, no matter which network you’re on. There are dropouts.

What’s even more annoying than a dropout is when both parties try to re-establish the call simultaneously, and so both get busy signals or voicemail. And they keep trying.

In my book, unless someone’s said beforehand that they’re the one who will ring back (as in “I’m going into the tunnel now, I’ll ring you back”), it should be the person who originated the call who does the calling back.

If everybody followed that rule, it would prevent this telephonic Mexican standoff.

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.

3 replies on “The standoff”

Random wait backoff – it’s what some networkng protocols do, so should be good enough for the real world … ;)

What do you do when both callers then try to call back at the same time – ends up being loaded up voice mail boxes…

As far as the rules go – sound logical

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