Deb's Lake Conroe Real Estate & Stuff! : NO MORE BUTT CALLS


I got a new iPhone for Christmas. It's February 19th now and I'm beginning to figure it out. Evidently there is a commercial on TV that calls random calling of friends and family "BUTT CALLS" based on a person sitting on their phone and making the random calls.

I have been told over the last few days that I am guilty of this obscene gesture...

The one thing I just couldn't do is figure out how to re-lock my iPhone so I wouldn't be touching random phone numbers for calling.

So far my cousin Ruby listened to my conversation with my pedicurist...all the while screaming "Deb, you called me...I'm here....Can you hear me?"

And, my answer was "no, I didn't hear you!" This was obviously a very frustrating portion of her day.


I was having a great time myself but she was not a happy camper.

My daughter then called me and said, "why were you calling Cecile in the middle of her school day?" Cec is my beloved grand daughter that can get into much trouble carrying a cell phone to school. Luckily she hadn't and it could have been worse...

Then, Melissa Grant left me a voice mail yesterday saying..."Deb, QUIT CALLING ME! You're butt dialing. I can hear all the conversation on your end and it's a good thing I can keep a secret."

Now, my announcement to the world is that I just figured out how to re-lock my phone after a conversation. Something tells me I will soon be out of everyone's dog house. I hope. It was a simple little button on the top of my phone...C-onlyDogHouse.jpg Dog House... Chart ONLY***NO color visual*** image by AuntCarol


I don't do directions but when I put my glasses on....THERE IT WAS! Now, if I can just figure out how to disconnect from the Internet...maybe it's the same button. LOL. Have a great day!

Later in the rain~Deb

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Comment balloon 32 commentsDeb Brooks • February 19 2009 12:44PM


Thats new to me - but I have been "Butt" called - that's funny. I lock my keypad every single time I am done with it. Maybe I'm mortified of the thought of someone hearing me when I  don't know it. Or of them hearing me singing in the CAR!

Posted by Stephen Kappre, Helping You Home (KW Hometown) almost 10 years ago

This is one of my biggest concerns to upgrading to a PDA type of phone.  As much as I may want one; all those button out in the open... I'm bound to "butt call" someone sooner or later. 

Posted by Nobody Here (Cold) almost 10 years ago

I've never heard of a butt call... now I know and can relate... I'm new the cell phone use and out of service most of the time due to our geographic location...  So when the phone is on ... I'm still learning...

Posted by Diane Daley (Caron's Gateway Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

I was victim to a BUTT CALL this morning from a friend of mine. I think it usally happens by hitting a redial button. Because I had just gotten off the phone with him about 30 minutes earlier. To funny, to funny.



Posted by Chris Penner, Real Estate Consultant - Keller Williams Valley Realty (Serving Abbotsford, Chilliwack, and the Fraser Valley) almost 10 years ago

Deb, I LOVE that commercial because we can all relate! I don't "butt dial" since I have a flip phone but my old phone used to "purse call" people. If you get a chance to see that commercial, it's really good. The people and their mannerisms make it funny!

Posted by Libby Cousins, Contract Mortgage Processor, licensed in WA (Extraordinary Processing) almost 10 years ago

lol, i am guilty of making a lot of those calls myself.  My phone used to dial the first number on my phonebook at least once a day.  The poor guy whose name started with 'A' got lots of nuisance calls before I realized it was happening.

Posted by Robert May, Real estate consulting (Robert W May - Lethbridge Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

One of my girlfriends does this all of the time.  One day a client called her to ask her how much fun she had the night before.  Apparently while we were all out at a happy hour, her phone kept dialing her client, all night long!!  He could hear us laughing and talking and could tell we were in a bar!  Yikes!

Posted by Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches (RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A) almost 10 years ago

Steve, singing huh? Now, that would be classic. It made me worry about what I was saying!

Joe, It'll happen. I have had clients simply NOT HANG UP and continued

Caron, I'm learning too...the hard way!

I'm so grateful I now know how to turn the darned thing off!

Later in the rain~Deb


Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 10 years ago

Deb you need to start letting your fingers do the talking:)

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) almost 10 years ago

AHHHHHHHHH haaaaaaaaaaaa haaaaaaaaaaa! Never heard it called that but has happened to me many times. Sometimes I look down and it is to a Foreclosure Servicing Company in MI.

One agent called me recently (a friend) and told me it was happening to him. Good thing we're friends.

Now I know what to call it.

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) almost 10 years ago

Once you figure out the butt calling and start using the i-phone you are going to love it.  The technology is great.

Posted by Simon Mills (Mills Realty) almost 10 years ago

Yikes... That could be quite embarassing to get the worng person on the line.... I'm cracking up at Melissa's comment.

Posted by Jesse & Kathy Clifton, Retired (Jesse Clifton & Associates, REALTORS®) almost 10 years ago

Yep, I do this all of the time with my blackberry too - but from my purse.  For some reason, putting my purse on my shoulder seems to push...something.  I called an AR member from my purse last weekend and she was dancing to the music from the Mardi Gras float I was on :)

Posted by Lisa Heindel, New Orleans Real Estate Broker (Crescent City Living LLC) almost 10 years ago

Deb I get these calls from a couple of my kids now and then.  One time I got to listen to the tub filling up for 20 minutes:)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) almost 10 years ago

Deb, the commercial is about the Blackberry and it's new clam shell version. My Blackberry makes the butt calls in my side pocket but my iPhone never does this. Just saying...  techie talk from me today : )

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) almost 10 years ago


That is so funny....gosh I have an iphone...I wonder if I am guilty...I keep mine in a you?  And how the heck do you lock it?


Lori Cofer Pullman WA

Posted by Lori Churchill Cofer, Realtor - 509-330-0086 - Pullman, WA (Beasley Realty) almost 10 years ago

Chris, well at least it was a friend. I worry about redialing total strangers! Ish.

Libby, I can't wait to watch the commercial. I don't watch much TV so I wouldn't know!

Robert, I end up making random calls from the people on my favorites list!

Susan, the bar huh? Now, that would have been a great deal of fun to listen to. Party!

Bill, lol, my fingers talk too much as it is!

Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 10 years ago


Hmmm... I tried to think up a witty or snappy remark, but I think that your post speaks for itself! lol

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) almost 10 years ago

Deb, I figured if I got one of these by the time I've figured out how to work it, it would be obsolete.  I know this for a fact :)

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) almost 10 years ago

Deb, I just hope you never crack your phone!   :)

Posted by Randy Hooker, Gilbert, Chandler, Mesa, Queen Creek (Dreamcatcher Realty / Greater Phoenix Area) almost 10 years ago

Deb, no butt calls from me -- just "purse calls".  I misplaced the case for my blackberry for awhile (it was in my office under a stack of papers) and I kept "purse calling" my Aunt & Uncle in Louisiana.  They could here me talking or just here background noise.  Everytime it would happen, they'd worry that I had been in some "sort of accident" and was trying to contact them.  It would only call them for some reason.  I make sure my phone is in the case now. 

Talk to you soon...

Posted by Judi Morgan, San Antonio, TX Real Estate (RETIRED) almost 10 years ago

I am so guilty of this. I am trying to condition myself to "locK' the keyboard more often.

Posted by Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville (Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

No! No!  The butt calls thing was for Blackberries.  I phones are way too advanced for that stuff!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

Oh, Oh...That could get you in some serious trouble depending on what kind of conversation you are having and who is listening.

Posted by Carol Culkin, Overland Park (Reece & Nichols) almost 10 years ago

I am also guilty of Butt dialing people and lucky for me I have not been talking about someone who I dialed. I'm waiting for that day, that when I hang up with someone put the phone in the pocket and dial them back and then say something about them. I wouldn't say anything that I wouldn't say to their faces, but still, they may not want me talking to someone else about them.

Todd Clark, Helping Families Home -

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) almost 10 years ago

I didn't know they were called 'butt calls' - I got one from my daughter the other day, that is how I found out she had a new tattoo!

Posted by Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR, Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS (ERA - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale) almost 10 years ago

LOL Deb, I just heard about this BUTT CALL Commercial a few hours ago from a friend. You are done with the BUTT Calls now that you have the iPhone.  You will love it.

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 almost 10 years ago

Cell phones are pain; I keep stuff like this all the time,

Posted by Terry Chenier (Homelife Glenayre Realty) almost 10 years ago

Hi Deb...Being much more ladylike I do not make Butt calls.  I merely do hip calls or bag calls or every other imaginable call. 

At least I think it is because I'm a lady...or is it simply because I don't have any pockets back there?


Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) almost 10 years ago

I don't have a problem anymore....I kept dropping, losing (in my purse) groping, and so forth while driving. Now I have it hanging around my neck with a wireless ear piece. for me...I'd break butt calls here. haha.

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) almost 10 years ago

I've been guilty of this... allthough I would say that it's purse dialing...  I've learned to lock the keyborad.

Posted by Debbie Summers (Charles Rutenberg Realty ) almost 10 years ago

Apple should provide an option which would close the favorite contacts page after ending a call. Most butt calls happen because the favorites address page is still open after the call is ended. Placing the phone in your pocket in this condition is sure to result in an unwanted call. Closing the favorites contact page after the call is ended will prevent pocket calls but this should happen automatically without any extra steps or at least give the user the option of allowing this to happen automatically. 

Posted by Frank Herold over 6 years ago