Students have commented that cordless phones can have problems in the residence halls because of interference with signal. The problems that have been reported to us have included cross talk and the phones not ringing. This is not a telephone line problem that the College is able to fix. Cordless Phones use radio waves which are not within our control. Phones need to be touch-tone. Pulse phones will not work on the College's system.
University of Denver, Denver, Colorado
We do not recommend the use of cordless phones in residence halls. The close proximity of several cordless phones will cause interference and cross-talk.
St. Bonaventure University,
St. Bonaventure, NY
10. Q: Why does my Cordless phone not seem to work at all?
A: First, we do not support cordless phones on this campus. Cordless phones have too many problems associated with them to troubleshoot accurately and effectively. Having a cordless phone in a multi-person residence hall or housing unit is never a good idea; you can have issues that run from cross-talk with other people's phones (see Question 3 above) to the phone not being compatible at all with our phone system (see Question 1 above). The latter of the two situations just mentioned is a frequent problem and can prevent anyone from having phone service.
Our advice to all phone users on campus is to get an inexpensive "corded" phone and use this instead of a cordless phone. You will experience fewer problems and are virtually guaranteed trouble-free service.
Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA
CORDLESS phones ARE NOT RECOMMENDED because of the high probability of cross talk in an area as telephone dense as a residence hall.
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
When using cordless phones, because of the high density of phone lines at Harvard residences, there is a possibility of "crossed calls," where calls are incorrectly billed to a cordless phone. For this reason, PaeTec strongly discourages the use of cordless phones. If you choose to use one, you will be billed for any crossed calls attributed to your phone line.