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It allows you to hang up the receiver in one room, walk to another extension and pick it up without disconnecting the call.

Sure, we just walk to the other extension and pick it up first. The minor amount of time saved sounds like a poor trade-off considering the potential for harassment.

The potential for harassment is greatly ameliorated by the fact it's the caller who pays -- receivers don't pay anything in the UK, ever. And while you're harassing, you can't use your phone.

I don't think I've ever heard of anyone being harassed in this way. A few pranks, maybe.

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