I don’t mean weird ringtones or visual designs. With impressive frequency on my phone at work, I get calls from dialtones. Not the ‘oops-they-picked-up-but-I-just-realized-this-is-the-wrong-number’ variety, either; I mean, a caller number shows up while the phone rings, I pick up the phone, and it is immediately a dial tone, as if I had picked up the receiver to make a call, not receive one.
Once or twice, I’ve gotten a call from a busy signal.
And just this week, there was a call from what was apparently an automated answering machine:
–if you would like to be connected with a live representative. [pause] [hold music]