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Telephone services and companies

answering service

noun

a business that receives telephone calls for other businesses or companies, taking messages or giving information

blue pages

noun

the pages of a telephone book that contain the telephone numbers of government departments

BT

British Telecommunications plc: the largest British telephone company

call centre

noun

a place where a large number of people are employed to deal with customers by telephone, either in order to sell something or to answer questions

call divert

noun

a feature of a telephone system that automatically switches calls from one number to another

caller ID

noun

a system that shows you the telephone number of someone who is calling you before you pick up the phone

call waiting

noun

a system that lets you answer a second telephone call without ending your first telephone call

chat line

noun

a telephone service that you call if you want to talk to other people for fun

classified directory

noun

a book that lists companies with their addresses and phone numbers, according to the services they offer

courtesy phone

noun

a telephone that you do not have to pay to use, usually for calling taxis, other rooms in a hotel etc

dedicated line

noun

a telephone line for one particular user, usually to provide a permanent connection to the Internet

dial-up

adjective

using a telephone line and a modem to access the Internet. This used to be the usual way of connecting to the Internet

digital subscriber line

noun

a DSL

directory

noun

a book that lists the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of all the people in a particular area

directory

noun

a list of the names and telephone numbers of the people who work in an organization

directory enquiries

noun

the service that you phone to find out the telephone number of a person or company

DSL

abbreviation

digital subscriber line: a technology that provides Internet access by sending digital data along a normal phone line

exchange

noun

a central place where telephone calls are received and connected to other lines

GSM

noun

Global System for Mobile Communication: a system used in mobile phone communication

HDSL

noun

High-Data Rate Digital Subscriber Line: a DSL that works at a fast speed

helpline

noun

a telephone service provided by an organization to give information and support

ISDN

noun

Integrated Services Digital Network: a system using telephone connections for sending information between computers. ISDN is a slower system than ADSL.

line

noun

a telephone service

operator

noun

someone who works for a telephone company and helps people with calls

pay-as-you-go

noun

a system for paying for calls on mobile phones by buying a fixed amount of time before you make the calls

phone

noun

the system for speaking to someone on the telephone

phone book

noun

a book containing lists of names of people, businesses, and organizations, in alphabetical order, with their addresses and phone numbers

phone-tapping

noun

the use of special equipment to listen to and record someone’s telephone conversations

talk plan

noun

a type of contract with a mobile phone company that allows you to make free calls for a particular number of minutes at particular times of the day

telco

noun

a telecommunications company

telephone

noun

the system of communicating using telephones

telephone

noun

relating to or involving the telephone

telephone book

noun

a telephone directory

telephone directory

noun

a book containing the names, telephone numbers, and addresses of people and businesses in a particular area

telephone exchange

noun

a place with equipment that connects one telephone line to another

VDSL

abbreviation

very-high-data-rate digital subscriber line: a very high-speed DSL

the White Pages

a book containing a list of the names, telephone numbers, and addresses of the people who live in a particular city or area in the US

Yellow Pages

a large book containing the telephone numbers and addresses of businesses and organizations in a particular area

on the telephone

provided with a telephone in your home, office etc

the book

the phone book

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a game in which two teams of seven players take turns to chase and try to touch players on the opposing team

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