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Message Waiting Devices



Message Waiting Products

There is confusion out there about how to get a message light to light when you have a message in your Voice Mailbox!

You can read the technical details about how to figure out which device you need, or click HERE to skip the Technical Info and see some of our Message Waiting products...

Having Voice Mail without a light gets very irritating. Many of the phone companies have moved towards FSK Message Waiting technology, but some only offer Stutter Message Waiting. The level of satisfaction goes up a lot if you can see that you have a message with a light.

Here's more than you ever wanted to know about message waiting. Whether a message waiting light works is not dependent upon the phone or the message light... The phone company or phone system providing the dial tone MUST be equipped to send some kind of message waiting indication to a single line phone connected to it.

You can't use an external message waiting light with an electronic Key or PBX system phone. The devices we have here will only work on analog single line phones. Most electronic system phones already have a light for message waiting built-in from the factory.

Stutter Dial Tone Message Waiting Lights for central office lines are going to be dead eventually, because all the phone companies will eventually switch to FSK technology. The FCC was worried that Stutter Dial Tone message waiting lights would cause a burden on the Phone Company Central Offices.This is because to detect the Stutter Dial Tone, you or the gizmo must "pick up the phone" to listen for the dial tone for a couple of seconds. This is OK for a few customers, but what would happen if the phone company had thousands of customers on one central office, all with voice mail and using Stutter Dial Tone detectors? You'd get slow dial tone whenever a lot of these were picking up the line at one time. They would have to add many more DTMF registers, which are the things that give you dial tone, which would cost them lots of money.

The equipment to allow for FSK Message Waiting Lights still costs the phone company a lot of money (anything in a Central Office costs lots of money), but it's not usage sensitive, so it won't degrade the service you get no matter how many lights are on.

How does FSK work? It uses the same technology as that used for Caller ID data... 1200 baud Frequency Shift Keyed data. Basically, a regular 1200 baud modem can be used to hear this type of data. The phone company sends this data on an IDLE line (with the phone hung up). Since there is always a connection between the CO and your phone, it's a simple process for the phone company to send the 1200 baud audio while the phone is hung up... no battery is needed! FSK data isn't sent while the line is busy, because you'd hear a burst of "buzzing" for a second while the data was sent, which would interfere with a voice or data call.

As a matter of interest, the same technology is now being used for alarm equipment. In the past, if the phone wire was cut going to the alarm system... there would be no way for anyone to find out! Now, the central office polls the alarm equipment from time to time - while the line is hung up - just to make sure the line is good. If the central office loses communications with the alarm panel, the alarm monitoring company is notified so they can dispatch the police. Pretty neat, but Ameritech/SBC or whatever they are decided they didn't want to offer this service and cancelled it.


FSK MESSAGE WAITING LIGHT

FSK Message Waiting Light


FSK Message Waiting Indicator

Large bright RED light in a black housing.

Flashes when it detects a message.

Line Powered. No power cube needed!


Works on phone lines and analog station ports with 24 to 48 volt talk battery and FSK Message Waiting. It's NOT triggered by stutter dial tone... only by FSK.

This is the only Message Waiting light we sell that has any possibility of working on a regular home or office phone line (or Centrex) from the Phone Company, or a VoIP device that gives you something that looks like a phone line.

You can try asking your Phone Company if they provide FSK message waiting. If they only provide Stutter with no FSK (like Bell South), this FSK Message Waiting Light won't work for you.

Comes with a short modular cord, and double stick tape to attach the device to the side of the phone, a desk or wall.

Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

Part # WAL2I

FSK MW LITE

$25.95 Quantity Pricing Available

NEON MESSAGE WAITING LAMPS

These Message Waiting Lights work on many larger phone systems, as well as the Avaya IP Office.

Note that some modern phone system don't put out enough DC voltage to light a neon lamp (even though they were supposed to be designed to do it!).

We do have an electronic Large LED Neon Type Message Waiting and Ring Indicator (below) that will trigger down to below 50VDC (it's solid state and doesn't use neon gas).

These will NEVER work for Message Waiting on a regular home or office phone line
(or Centrex) from the Phone Company, no matter what.

These will NEVER work for Message Waiting on a VoIP adapter that gives you
something that looks like a phone line, no matter what.

NOTE: Neon works on the AT&T Definity if the system is configured for it, otherwise it uses LED.


MODULAR NEON LAMP

Click to View Modular Neon Lamp
MODULAR Neon Message Waiting Lamp

Complete with Double Stick Tape.

Plug it into the back of the phone, and plug the cord from the wall into the Module.

NOTE: This uses neon gas, and works on neon message waiting that's 85 to 140VDC,

Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

Part # WAL2D

MW1 NEON MESSAGE WAIT

$16.99 Quantity Pricing Available

DO-IT-YOURSELF NEON LAMP

Click to View D-I-Y Neon Lamp D-I-Y Neon Lamp

Modern looking Red Lamp.

Has internal resistor. Connects with Spade Lugs.

Drill a hole in the faceplate of the phone, and attach the leads to the Tip and Ring.

Useful in public locations where the Modular unit may be stolen.

NOTE: This uses neon gas, and works on neon message waiting that's 85 to 140VDC,

Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

Part # WAL2E

NEON MESSAGE WAIT DIY KIT

$6.95

DO-IT-YOURSELF LARGE GLOBE NEON LAMP

Click to View D-I-Y Large Globe Neon Lamp D-I-Y Large Globe Neon Lamp

A more traditional look, popular in hotels and motels.

Has internal resistor. Connects with Spade Lugs.

Drill a hole in the faceplate of the phone, and attach the leads to the Tip and Ring.

Useful in public locations where the Modular unit may be stolen.

NOTE: This uses neon gas, and works on neon message waiting that's 85 to 140VDC,

Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

Part # WAL2F

LARGE GLOBE NEON MESS WAIT DIY

$6.95

LARGE LED NEON MESSAGE WAITING & RING INDICATOR

Large LED Message Waiting and Ring Indicator




Modular Large LED Neon Type Message Waiting and Ring Indicator

Much BRIGHTER than a Neon Beehive Lamp!


This is REALLY bright!

Flickers during Ring Voltage. Stays on steady the while the Message Waiting Voltage is being sent.

LED lights with Ring Voltage over 40VAC, and Message Waiting Voltage over 50VDC.

IMPORTANT NOTE: A real Neon Lamp needs about 80VDC (minimum) to glow. This solid state LED device will trigger at a much lower 50VDC used on some modern phone systems.

This huge 20mm (3/4 inch) diameter LED actually has six LEDs inside of it. It's very bright!

Plug it into the back of the phone, and plug the cord from the wall into the Indicator. Or just plug it into the wall jack itself.

Complete with Double Stick Tape.

NOTE: This is an electronic device (doesn't use neon gas), and works on neon message waiting that's 50 to 140VDC,

Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

Part # PAP9Q

LARGE LED NEON MW/RING

$27.95 Quantity Pricing Available

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NO-DIAL 2500 SET with AMPLIFIED HANDSET and LARGE LED RING INDICATOR / NEON TYPE MESSAGE WAITING - RED

Red No-Dial 2500 Set with Large LED Neon Type Message Waiting and Ringing Indicator, and Amplified Handset








2500 No-Dial Set

with 3/4 Inch Large LED Ring / Neon Message Waiting Indicator



The Large LED Indicator on this phone will light at lower voltages than a Neon lamp in a Beehive.

Lower Ring Voltage and Neon MW Voltage seems to be the trend on modern phone system, where a Neon lamp just won't work anymore.

Use our Super Tiny Dialer™ to dial a number automatically when then handset is lifted, which makes it into a "Hot Dial" Phone.

The Super Tiny Dialer™ can be installed inside the phone, at the jack where the cord plugs into the modular jack, or in the phone room. We can install and program the Super Tiny Dialer™ for $10 above the cost of the phone and dialer.

  • Amplified (and Hearing Aid Compatible) K-Style Handset
  • Mechanical Bell Ringer with On/Off Switch
  • 14' Mod Mtg. Cord
  • 12' Mod HS Cord
  • Red Color with Large Red LED
  • Data Port
  • Large Red LED indicates Ringing (40-140VAC/DC) and Neon Type Message Waiting (40-140VAC/DC
  • 2 Year Warranty!
  • Shade of red may vary.

    Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

    Part # MSC1F

    2500 RED NO-DIAL W/LARGE LED

    $62.95

    NO-DIAL 2500 SET with AMPLIFIED HANDSET and BEEHIVE RING INDICATOR / NEON TYPE MESSAGE WAITING - RED

    Red No-Dial 2500 Set with Neon Beehive Ringing Indicator and Amplified Handset








    2500 No-Dial Set with Beehive Ring Indicator



    NOTE: Lower Ring Voltage and MW Voltage seems to be the trend on modern phone system, where a Neon lamp just won't light anymore (it needs about 80VAC or DC at a minimum). If you have ring voltage or message waiting voltage under 80VAC/DC, you should buy the LED (electronic) version of this phone, below.

    Use our Super Tiny Dialer™ to dial a number automatically when then handset is lifted, which makes it into a "Hot Dial" Phone.

    The Super Tiny Dialer™ can be installed inside the phone, at the jack where the cord plugs into the modular jack, or in the phone room. We can install and program the Super Tiny Dialer™ for $10 above the cost of the phone and dialer.

  • Amplified (and Hearing Aid Compatible) K-Style Handset
  • Mechanical Bell Ringer with On/Off Switch
  • 14' Mod Mtg. Cord
  • 12' Mod HS Cord
  • Red Color with Red Beehive (White Beehive Available)
  • Data Port
  • Neon (90-140VAC/DC) Beehive Light acts as a Ringing Indicator and Neon Message Waiting Light
  • 2 Year Warranty!
  • Shade of red may vary.

    Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

    Part # MSC1J

    2500 RED NO-DIAL W/BEEHIVE

    $59.95

    NEON BEEHIVE LAMP

    Neon Beehive Lamp Assembly Neon Beehive Lamp... Available Assembled with Lamp in White, Amber and Blue

    Neon Lamp with Integral Resistor Included

    Click on the Beehive to see a bigger Picture

    Indicates both 90VAC ringing, and 90-140VDC Message Waiting.

    Note that some modern phone system don't put out enough DC voltage to light a neon lamp. We now have a Large LED Neon Type Message Waiting and Ring Indicator that will trigger down to below 50VDC (it's solid state and doesn't use neon gas).

    These mount with screws (not included), and come with a rubber pad backing so it won't scratch a desk.

    We also have red and green single Beehives with no lamp, as well as double and triple Beehives with no lamp. The Neon lamp is available separately.

    These will NEVER work for Message Waiting on a regular home or office phone line
    (or Centrex) from the Phone Company, no matter what.

    These will NEVER work for Message Waiting on a VoIP adapter that gives you
    something that looks like a phone line, no matter what.


    BEEHIVE - White Lens with Neon Lamp

    Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

    Part # WAL7A

    CLEAR BEEHIVE NEON

    $15.95 Quantity Pricing Available

    BEEHIVE - Amber Lens with Neon Lamp

    Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

    Part # WAL7B

    AMBER BEEHIVE NEON

    $15.95 Quantity Pricing Available

    LED MESSAGE WAITING LAMPS

    These devices work on AT&T/Lucent/Avaya Partner, Legend, System 75, 85 & Definity. They DON'T work on the Avaya IP Office!

    These will NEVER work for Message Waiting on a regular home or office phone line
    (or Centrex) from the Phone Company, no matter what.

    These will NEVER work for Message Waiting on a VoIP adapter that gives you
    something that looks like a phone line, no matter what.

    NOTE: Neon also works on the Definity if the system is configured for it.


    MODULAR LED Message Waiting Lamp

    Click to View Modular LED Message Waiting Light Modular LED Message Waiting Lamp

    Complete with Double Stick Tape.

    Plug it into the back of the phone, and plug the cord from the wall into the Module.



    Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

    Part # WAL2G

    LED MOD MSG WAIT-BLK

    $19.95 Quantity Pricing Available

    FEATURE PHONES with AMPLIFIED HANDSET and MESSAGE WAITING

    Designed for Hotels and Motels!

    The most requested features in a reasonably priced phone!

  • Neon (90-140VDC) Message Waiting Light
  • Handset Volume Control
  • Ringer Volume (can't be shut off)
  • Hold
  • Flash
  • Mute
  • Last Number Redial
  • Extra Long Handset & Line Cords
  • Data Port
  • Dual Data Ports (when 2 lines are on an RJ-14 jack)
  • Works as Desk or Wall Phone
  • Note: Second Data Port works on Line 2 (if provided on an RJ-14), so user can talk and use a modem at the same time. The first Data Port is always on Line 1. You'd need two lines on an RJ-14 to use the Line 2 Data Port.

    These phones will NEVER give you Message Waiting on a regular home or office phone line
    (or Centrex) from the Phone Company, no matter what.

    These phones will NEVER give you Message Waiting on a VoIP adapter that gives you
    something that looks like a phone line, no matter what.


    FEATURE PHONE with SPEED DIALING

    Click to see Speed Dial Feature Phone




    Features Listed above,
    plus 6 One Button Speed Dials!


    Inkjet Printable Desi Sheets Available
     

    Wall Mounted Feature Phone





    Works as Wall or Desk Phone








    Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

    Part # CLN1G

    FEATURE PHONE W/MEM

    $22.95 Quantity Pricing Available

    FEATURE PHONE with NO MEMORY

    Click to see Feature Phone

    Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

    Part # CLN1H

    FEATURE PHONE-NO MEM

    $20.95 Quantity Pricing Available

    FEATURE PHONE with MONITOR SPEAKER and MEMORY

    Click to see Feature Phone with Monitor Speaker


    Great Value!

    Monitor Only 1-Way Speaker in this Phone



    It's not polite to talk to people on a speakerphone (since most speakerphones sound so bad), but it's great to push the button, dial, then pickup when someone answers!

    Nice loud speaker, with slide volume control on the right side of the phone.

    Features Listed above, plus 6 One Button Speed Dials and a HOLD Button

    Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

    Part # MSC2O

    FEATURE MONITOR PH/MEM

    $27.95 Quantity Pricing Available

    2500 SET WITH AMPLIFIED HANDSET and MESSAGE WAITING - IVORY

    Ivory 2500 Set with Message Waiting and Amplified Handset




    BRAND NEW!

    2500 Set with Neon Message Waiting

    Makes a great Power Failure Phone!

    Looks great in a hotel, office, or home!

  • Amplified (and Hearing Aid Compatible) K-Style Handset
  • Mechanical Bell Ringer with On/Off Switch
  • 14' Mod Mounting Cord
  • 12' Mod Handset Cord
  • Almond Color (Ivory)
  • Data Port
  • Neon (90-140VDC) Message Waiting Light also acts as a Ringing Indicator
  • 2 Year Warranty!
  • This phone will NEVER work for Message Waiting on a regular home or office phone line
    (or Centrex) from the Phone Company, no matter what.

    This phone will NEVER work for Message Waiting on a VoIP adapter that gives you
    something that looks like a phone line, no matter what.

    Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

    Part # CLN6B

    2500 SET W/MW+AMP HS

    $23.95 Quantity Pricing Available