Please Hold

One of my previous employers had an option on the internal helpdesk phone line:

“If you do not wish to listen to music on hold, please press * now.”

Pressing * would replace the music with a gentle beep every ten seconds, which made leaving the call on speaker in an open-plan office much less antisocial.

After many years of listening to awful 8kbps renditions of every song I now despise, I have come to the conclusion that this option should be made a legal requirement on all call holding systems.

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3 responses to “Please Hold”

  1. ICT_Tech says :

    Best one I had was press 1 for pop, 2 for dance, 3 for hip hop. 2 all the way, best hold music ever :)

  2. Ste says :

    ICT_Tech, IIRC VirginMedia do that :p I thought when i heard that it was pretty awesome :p

  3. ICT_Tech says :

    Had another crackin’ one today on British Red Cross, John Cage 4’33” :-)