They were on the sofa in the sitting room (which DS calls the "city room" ) and I was down at the dining end on the computer. The mobile was in DH's pocket. It's never switched off, although it's often left behind in places.
I think I should point out that DH doesn't do anything terribly important, although he thinks it is. Nobody was going to die/get arrested/loose a fortune if he had phoned back later.
Interestingly, we are going away tomorrow until Wednesday and I overheard him saying that he's sure there is broadband at the cottage and he'll be able to do something about 'it' from there. Another fun-filled holiday for me then.
I must make it clear that if DH was doing anything especially with the kids he would ring back but when work ring they need him for something and it needs sorting pretty much there and then. I guess it all depends what job your Dh does.
The phonecall was to update DH about some contract that they are going for, it could have waited. DH didn't even try very hard to justify it to me, he just said it was important the this guy was congratulated for his hard work. I think he just answered it because he's unable to put work second, ever.
The cottage doesn't have broadband, DH never asked me if it did and until he does ask me I'm not telling him. [evil grin] It's in a small village so I doubt there's even an internet cafe anywhere. DH is going to be very jittery by the time we leave.
He did devote a lot of time and effort to getting online as you predicted dilemma. I let him set up the computer and search, then waited for him to ask whether it was wi-fi or a cable connection before telling him there wasn't one. [evil] In the end the best that he could do was to go to the public library and deal with his emails, and it wasn't open at the weekend.
He did get extremely twitchy about it all and has instructed me to research the best dongle connections to avoid the same happening in the future. I've forgotten that he asked me to do so.