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Jan. 14th, 2008

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From:mavjop
Date:January 14th, 2008 11:43 pm (UTC)
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Scumbag company using method #2 give phone number 1-888-716-0010.

Called them. They, unlike the other company I've called (company using method #1), immediately had the info in front of them (the name of the person they were trying to reach at our home phone number).

When I said that there is nobody by that name at this address, he tried to dig asking "do you know anybody by that name?". It's a bloody common name. The answer would be yes, however I believe that is of no relevance whatsoever. The guy acted like he was entitled to interrogate me about this. Scum. I told him that it was a common name and that I did not know anybody in this area (I should have said state) by that name. I told him I did not think it was ok to call and harass random people. He said he wasn't harassing, he was just asking a question. I said I didn't think he had any right to demand that information. He said they could do without my information and hung up.

If they call again, I'm going to be really furious.

[Edit] There seems to be some information about these buggers at http://whocallsme.com/Phone-Number.aspx/8887160010

Edited at 2008-01-14 11:46 pm (UTC)
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From:wizzu
Date:January 15th, 2008 05:08 am (UTC)
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So why do you have a home phone line? Is it useful?

I've never owned a home phone line (for the about 10+ years of living on my own). Then again, I don't really get many telemarking calls either since I got my mobile number on the national telemarketing stop list.
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From:mavjop
Date:January 15th, 2008 07:10 am (UTC)
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Can't get DSL without a phone line (well, nothing even vaguely affordable -- and even the crazy-expensive business options, it can be dangerous not having a dial tone on your DSL line; careless telco employees have been known to repurpose pairs with no dial tone on them -- oops?!).

Having a phone line, I am somewhat reluctant to just turn off ringers on any/all phones on it. I've considered it, but sometimes it's useful to be able to call home in the event that my esteemed spouse's cell phone is turned off (by mistake) or what have you.
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From:wizzu
Date:January 15th, 2008 07:30 am (UTC)
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I see about the requirement to have a phone line for DSL, though a bit weird (to me).

But the "sometimes useful" doesn't seem like an adequate advantage when compared to having to deal with the frustration/anger-introducing other calls. Could you get caller screening on it, where you could only let through calls from your mobiles?
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From:mavjop
Date:January 15th, 2008 08:30 am (UTC)
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I don't know if there's any way to selectively allow (or even selectively block) numbers from calling the land-line. I suppose I could look into it, but this being the US of A, the phone company has indubitably decided to turn these features into a ... revenue stream.
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From:elusivedream78
Date:February 22nd, 2008 10:24 pm (UTC)

NAKED DSL. (yah really)

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I'm very happy with this service - DSL without a dialtone - and haven't had any downtime as the pairs are labeled on the punch down block with the number or if they are not, they will not be disconnected (there's a multitude of reasons as a former Cincinnati Bell employee who worked in their NOC and went to CO's to replace Cisco stuff when broken and talked to the peeps there) -- so, save yourself some money, get a cheap VOIP provider like the 4 bucks a month I pay for mine (voicenetwork.ca but I don't care if you sign up and I don't get anything... lol), and I think you'll be a happier camper - no more spam calls, my man!

- John C. Young
jcy@nevermind.org

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From:mavjop
Date:February 23rd, 2008 04:42 am (UTC)

Re: NAKED DSL. (yah really)

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I personally have no need of VOIP.

If I didn't have to have the voice line for the DSL, I wouldn't bother having a land-line at all.

While wherever you are it may be possible to get cheap "naked DSL", it is hard to get that here, plus PacBell--ur, I mean SBC--ur, I mean AT&T folks in this part of the world have a history of screwing up and taking over pairs without dialtone on them. I know people who had to run outside if they saw a PacBell/SBC truck outside, otherwise there was a good chance they'd lose their DSL.

So, I'm glad you have service that works for you, but not really available here. We've taken to just ignoring calls mostly.
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From:mavjop
Date:January 15th, 2008 08:36 am (UTC)
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Oh, another thing. The US Federal Do-Not-Call list is /just/ for telemarketing -- it doesn't block charities, political parties, or companies with whom you "have a business relationship" from calling you (and since they're not trying to sell goods or services, it doesn't stop the calls in question) -- and the some of the FCC rules governing what you can/cannot do in telephone communications /explicitly/ exempt debt collection agencies. Gah. Ridiculous.
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