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I have edited the reference number from your post as this is a pubic forum. I am really sorry to read about the difficulties you have had in getting the fault resolved.
I would like to take a look at this fault for you. Please could you send me in your details using the "Contact The Mods" link found in my profile.
Thanks for the response.
Since deregulation BT has become even more disfunctional, it was always the only communications company that couldn't communicate internally. I recall the line "Left hand? I didn't know we had a left hand" being used on many occasions.
You say that the exchange equipment is maintained by BT Operate.... I can't find a group business called BT Operate.
so I'm assuming it to be an abbreviation for 'BT Technology, Service & Operations', headed up by Clive Selley who oversees Openreach, Wholesale and Consumer amongst many other businesses.
I'm convinced that most of BT's customers see BT as an entity and therefore contact BT expecting it to be capable of resolving a BT problem. However the only customer access is via Retail i.e.150 or 151, where the staff speak a different language to most of us. Please do not for a minute thing I'm being racist, it's simply a fact that there is a language barrier and this reduces the effectiveness of understanding a problem and its resolution.
Regarding the current problem, BT have insisted that they carry out repeated line tests to establish that there isn't a line fault, before they can raise the fault with whichever department deals with exchange maintenance. The history of the disjointed faulting process is recorded in my original post.
The exchange engineer found no fault, it is intermittant, and the fault was closed. Now they say they can't reissue it without an engineer visit to my home, with the threat that if no fault is found I will be charged £130. Forum moderator Neil has arranged for an engineer to visit tomorrow and has stated that no charge will be raised no matter what the result of the visit, but BT can't resist reiterating the threat, as you will see in today's text message:
"Hello, BT here. We're sending you an engineer on Thursday 12/02/2015 between 1pm and 6pm. Our tests are showing an internal problem so please make sure you've checked your equipment by following the instructions here www.bt.com/faults or click on this link for a video http://www.bt.com/wiring You can also call 08000285705 or look near the front of your BT telephone book for instructions, the page is entitled Faults, Repairs and Reporting. If you have found the fault on your own equipment, reply to this text with the word CANCEL and we will cancel the engineer for you, we check messages between 8am-9pm daily. Remember if the problem isn't with BT equipment, there will be a charge of 129.99 GBP. Thanks"
So after numerous line tests, all having resulted in there being no fault, one has suddenly appeared on my equipment, today.
Not withstanding any of this, the problem, as stated, is one of dialling a number and the exchange equipment dropping back to dial tone. I have just dialled '150' 4 times resulting in two ring tones and 2 drop-back to dial tone. I have tried with different telephones and the problem can easily be replicated on friends and neighbour's telephones, therefore logically it cant be associated with my equipment.
I'm really trying very hard to help BT, to help its customers, but they are incapable of dealing with the problem.
This is just a quick update to let you all know that an engineer has attended and detected the fault on the exchange line card, this has been replaced and the fault has been resolved.
Once again Noel I'm sorry this took longer than we would have liked to resolve and thanks for your patience and understanding.