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Ding Dong: Where’s the doorbell gone?

The downside to smart doorbells, according to Christian Warman, the director of Tedworth Property estate agency, is when they don’t work. “They are often linked to someone’s smartphone, which means that people can’t hear the doorbell if the phone is on silent. It is very frustrating for visitors to ring a doorbell, only to hear a voicemail message.” The situation can get so bad, Warman says, that the visitor has to resort to a truly ancient solution: the door knocker. Heaven knows how a millennial would cope with the shock of hearing that.