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(CTV)   63% would register with do-not-call-registry, according to phone survey   (ctv.ca) divider line 72
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2007-10-31 10:40:06 AM
Personally, I found dumping my land line in favor of just a cell phone to be a far more effective way of controlling annoyance calls.
 
2007-10-31 10:45:26 AM
if you use DSL here you need a landline.

but since I registered with the UK do no call registry, the calls have dropped right off. Apart from ones from the US offering me holidays.
 
2007-10-31 11:03:37 AM
Like rain on your wedding day?
 
2007-10-31 11:07:58 AM
Pocket Ninja: Personally, I found dumping my land line in favor of just a cell phone to be a far more effective way of controlling annoyance calls.

Same. Works quite well.
 
2007-10-31 11:15:28 AM
Good luck with that, it's not very effective here since the FTC doesn't appear to enforce it. If you Canukians are smart you'll create a legal cause of action with big penalties to incentivize consumer enforcement, or at least put people in your enforcement arm that aren't third columns for the industry
 
2007-10-31 11:22:20 AM
So why are homeless people not allowed to ask for money, but people are allowed to collect money to fight homelessness in the Subway.

I ask for the phone number they are calling from and tell them that their call is being recorded (in Canada, you're allowed to record a phone call as long as at least one participant is aware that the call is being recorded). They usually hang up since I won't let them continue their scropt until I have their name and phone number.
 
2007-10-31 11:49:36 AM
I wouldn't mind marketing calls if I was allowed to visit the person responsible for adding me to the call list and give him/her a no consequences kick in the sack/box.
 
2007-10-31 12:14:23 PM
Pocket Ninja: Personally, I found dumping my land line in favor of just a cell phone to be a far more effective way of controlling annoyance calls.

This. Although I wonder how long before telemarketers get ahold of cell phone numbers.
 
2007-10-31 12:15:04 PM
I've registered all my numbers (including cell) and all of my mother's numbers.

My phone hardly rings now, unless it's the kids friends calling.

I love it.
 
2007-10-31 12:16:39 PM
The people to blame are the idiots who actually purchase goods and services from companies who call them at random or send them unsolicited junk mail. Clearly the only solution is to imprison and or execute these types of consumers thereby eliminating the demand for such annoyances.
 
2007-10-31 12:17:27 PM
so the other 37% enjoy those assholes calling them at all hours?

/I wonder which way they vote...
 
2007-10-31 12:18:18 PM
Why is it so hard for some people to JUST HANG UP?
 
2007-10-31 12:18:52 PM
I'm on the DNC list, too. Home, cell, and my Mom's numbers, too. An occasional call gets through, but since I don't pick up if I don't recognize the number (thank you, Caller ID! ), it's no problem. Let the answering machine get it.
 
2007-10-31 12:19:02 PM
SpookyFiles This. Although I wonder how long before telemarketers get ahold of cell phone numbers.

I believe they have them. Might want to register your cellular.
 
2007-10-31 12:19:07 PM
Irony at its best...a phone survey to ask how much you hate phone surveys
 
2007-10-31 12:20:27 PM
millertrey: Why is it so hard for some people to JUST HANG UP?

It distracts from dinner, and even worse, it totally kills the mood when you are macking it.
/or so ive heard
 
2007-10-31 12:20:47 PM
Caller ID is awesome.
 
2007-10-31 12:20:51 PM
I find it amazing how people can turn the most insignificant thing into a GIGANTIC problem.

I HATE it when my house phone rings. The ringer is annoying, the phone is usually in another room, and since I don't give the number out there is a high probability that the caller is soliciting something. Guess what I do when they call.


Hang up.


I don't need to sign up to any national registry. I don't need to file a class-action suit. I don't need to have farking surgery to remove the ulcer that developed when I was stressng about an insurance salesman. Just hang up and keep going with your day.


It's not that serious.
 
2007-10-31 12:21:13 PM
I just had a DNC, so I'm really getting a kick out of these replies...
 
2007-10-31 12:21:52 PM
ultraholland: SpookyFiles This. Although I wonder how long before telemarketers get ahold of cell phone numbers.

I believe they have them. Might want to register your cellular.


Hmm then I shall. Thanks for the heads up.
 
2007-10-31 12:22:31 PM
In my younger days, I would tag along until the end of the script, and when it came to confirming an order/service with a credit card commitment, I'd hang up.

When they'd call back (usually right away) I'd speak a different language and act like I knew nothing of their previous call.

/cruel, I know.

Now, I just hang up right away.
 
2007-10-31 12:24:50 PM
ultraholland: SpookyFiles This. Although I wonder how long before telemarketers get ahold of cell phone numbers.

I believe they have them. Might want to register your cellular.


Hey, if they don't mind paying for my minutes I'll let them call me all they want. It will be a really LONG conversation, though.
 
2007-10-31 12:25:44 PM
charlesmartel11235:
millertrey: Why is it so hard for some people to JUST HANG UP?

It distracts from dinner, and even worse, it totally kills the mood when you are macking it.


You're doing it in a raincoat?
 
2007-10-31 12:26:58 PM
Why not use the spammers tech against the spammers. Since the DNC does seem to be abided by once numbers are registered, a simple automated 'Press 1 to add your number to the DNC list' would be enough for them to drastically lessen annoyances. It would be the spam to end all spam.
 
2007-10-31 12:27:08 PM
SpookyFiles Hmm then I shall. Thanks for the heads up.


No prob. Let's just put it this way: I put my cell number on the list and I've never been solicited. I can only assume they have the numbers available.
 
2007-10-31 12:28:00 PM
I wonder how long before telemarketers get ahold of cell phone numbers

You can look up cell numbers on some websites, now. I'm sure telemarketers have access to some of the same databases that those websites use.
 
2007-10-31 12:29:20 PM
You've reached the memorial for Tom Mabe.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5z4Vs26-TI
 
2007-10-31 12:31:15 PM
What kills me is automated telemarketing. I already tell human beings to fark off, do you think I'm going to open my wallet for a recording?
 
2007-10-31 12:33:37 PM
I don't think they are allowed to call cell numbers because it would cost you money in the form of plan minutes.

Anytime I'm required to give a phone number I give my cell. They never call the cell.
 
2007-10-31 12:33:38 PM
Why is it so hard for some people to JUST HANG UP?

They just call back in a day, week or month. They'll keep calling over and over and over again. You can hang up on them, be rude to them, whatever, they don't care. After about ten calls you reach the point where you want them to just shut up, die and go to hell.
 
2007-10-31 12:39:09 PM
Glasgowsfinest: if you use DSL here you need a landline.
..


That's technically not true.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naked_DSL
(new window)

I've found here (Manitoba) that our DSL carrier offers this service, but will charge you the same cost as a phone line anyways ($29). Apparently in other places, telcos will charge $3-6.

But hey, if they really want to discourage customers, hats off to them.
 
2007-10-31 12:45:17 PM
I keep my landline for businesses, contractors, doctors, whatever. I never answer it, a machine does.

My cell number only goes to friends and family. It's not DNC registered but I've never had a solicitor call.
 
2007-10-31 12:47:10 PM
I get called back within an hour sometimes. Sometimes it's a fax machine over and over again, from a company that sends faxes for it's clients who are usually out of country scammers. I get about 3-5 marketing calls a day. It's very annoying.
 
2007-10-31 12:48:18 PM
SpookyFiles: Pocket Ninja: Personally, I found dumping my land line in favor of just a cell phone to be a far more effective way of controlling annoyance calls.

This. Although I wonder how long before telemarketers get ahold of cell phone numbers.


I don't get standard telemarketing calls on my cell, but I do get businesses I already deal with phoning me up with other offers.

If it's nothing to do with current services I have, then fark off.


DROxINxTHExWIND: I find it amazing how people can turn the most insignificant thing into a GIGANTIC problem.

I HATE it when my house phone rings. The ringer is annoying, the phone is usually in another room, and since I don't give the number out there is a high probability that the caller is soliciting something. Guess what I do when they call.


Hang up.


I don't need to sign up to any national registry. I don't need to file a class-action suit. I don't need to have farking surgery to remove the ulcer that developed when I was stressng about an insurance salesman. Just hang up and keep going with your day.


It's not that serious.


I have an injured leg and my dad is in the hospital. It's a big deal to me to try to run to the phone when it rings. I must answer every call.

I know, getting worked up about it for most people is not worth it. But people do have a right to not be harassed.

My ex's mom had a really nasty time with telemarketers. Not only was she on the lists, but after her parents died, the phone was forwarded to her place and the mail too. Even a couple years later, she was getting about ten calls a day. For a good part of that time, her aunt was also ill, so she actually had to get up to check each phone number.

Fark you area code 416.
 
2007-10-31 12:49:51 PM
Noam_D_Plume - I don't think they are allowed to call cell numbers because it would cost you money in the form of plan minutes.

Anytime I'm required to give a phone number I give my cell. They never call the cell.


Yeah, I think there are some considerably more stringent rules/laws/liabilities in play with cell phones that makes them "hands off" for telemarketing.

I know I've never gotten a telemarketing call on my cell phone, and I hand it out to companies all the time as my primary contact # for delivery calls, tech support, etc.

(companies you would think might compile those numbers and sell them to lists, i.e. companies big enough to compile lists worth selling)

The 'Do Not Call' registry has also worked pretty well for me. When I first got my current phone number about a year ago, I got a ton of telemarketing calls, but within a few weeks of registering it, they'd dropped down to nearly nothing. (and some specific types of telemarketing calls are allowed)
 
2007-10-31 12:50:13 PM
gradatim: Why is it so hard for some people to JUST HANG UP?

They just call back in a day, week or month. They'll keep calling over and over and over again. You can hang up on them, be rude to them, whatever, they don't care. After about ten calls you reach the point where you want them to just shut up, die and go to hell.


I used to do phone surveying for a company locally (I was desperate). While telemarketers are required to follow a do not call list, phone surveyors don't apply to it. The best you can do is ask them to please take you off this survey POLITELY and they'll take you off that survey ONLY. They can still call you about any number of other surveys that they have on their list. Most of the people that work there can't get a job anywhere else because they're in a area with a low amount of jobs and no money to move. Cut them some slack.

/Did it to pay for college.
//Hated myself every day I went into that shiat hole.
 
2007-10-31 12:51:25 PM
Irony police arriving in 3...2...1...

/am not one
 
2007-10-31 12:52:41 PM
Akuinnen - I get called back within an hour sometimes. Sometimes it's a fax machine over and over again, from a company that sends faxes for it's clients who are usually out of country scammers. I get about 3-5 marketing calls a day. It's very annoying.


I get fax spam on my fax number. I need to register that number as well, but I've wondered if those are covered by the registry.
 
2007-10-31 12:54:25 PM
I don't need to sign up to any national registry. I don't need to file a class-action suit. I don't need to have farking surgery to remove the ulcer that developed when I was stressng about an insurance salesman. Just hang up and keep going with your day.

Yeah, that works fine first time they call. And the second. And the third, fourth, fifth and maybe sixth times. But after the umpteenth time the same farker calls trying to sell the same farking shiat you refused the first umpteen-1 times, you really start to wish there was a way to make the bastard shut the fark up once and for all. Some telemarketers absolutely *refuse* to take "no" for an answer, no matter how often they hear it. Hence, we have the Do Not Call registry.
 
2007-10-31 12:56:39 PM
You know I really like the DNC, but I also want a Do Not Mail list for the US. I throw away just a ton of junk mail and crap that I would never read. I just want the junk mail to stop think of how much energy, resources, and time we could save if the junk mail stopped.
 
2007-10-31 12:57:11 PM
One fine Sunday morning i got a call from a solicitor at 7:00 am sharp, different solicitors (mostly charities) called throughout the day, with the last coming after 9 pm.

One fine Monday morning i called the phone company and had my landline turned off.

life is better now.
 
2007-10-31 12:57:47 PM
geekybroad: That's technically not true.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naked_DSL


Ah well,

United Kingdom

It is not possible to get Naked DSL service (excluding SDSL) in the United Kingdom, though it is possible to get the POTS and DSL from different service providers.

Like I said, ya can't do it here!
 
2007-10-31 01:00:19 PM
DROxINxTHExWIND: I find it amazing how people can turn the most insignificant thing into a GIGANTIC problem.

I HATE it when my house phone rings. The ringer is annoying, the phone is usually in another room, and since I don't give the number out there is a high probability that the caller is soliciting something. Guess what I do when they call.


Hang up.


I don't need to sign up to any national registry. I don't need to file a class-action suit. I don't need to have farking surgery to remove the ulcer that developed when I was stressng about an insurance salesman. Just hang up and keep going with your day.


It's not that serious.


I get about 15 calls a day on my cell from telemarketers. One company has ignored my multiple requests to be put on their company's do not call list. Finally signed up on the Fed's Do Not Call registry.

/They do have cell numbers, appearantly. :(
 
2007-10-31 01:00:45 PM
i have registered, and it has not stopped them.
 
2007-10-31 01:07:48 PM
I registered, and they dropped to practically nothing. The only ones I get are from charities, and I just tell them I'm on my way out the door and to send me a donation form in the mail. If I'm interested, I'll cut a check later, after I've had some time to think about it. Works pretty well.
 
2007-10-31 01:12:11 PM
I humbly suggest that the first person to come in here and claim that this is not ironic* have his Fark account immediately suspended for one month.


*and be serious about it, not just say it to annoy people who hate ironazis.
 
2007-10-31 01:15:42 PM
Telephone pollsters are not subject to the DNC list, at least in the US.
 
2007-10-31 01:23:10 PM
All

See, those are horror stories. I CAN understand getting worked up about more than one call per day. From this thread it sounds like the problem is much worse than what I have experienced.
 
2007-10-31 01:36:43 PM
all this poll data is based on people who are willing to take phone surveys. my guess is that the same people are called over and over again

//i got your poll right here
 
2007-10-31 01:36:49 PM
geekybroad: Glasgowsfinest: if you use DSL here you need a landline.
..

That's technically not true.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naked_DSL
(new window)

I've found here (Manitoba) that our DSL carrier offers this service, but will charge you the same cost as a phone line anyways ($29). Apparently in other places, telcos will charge $3-6.

But hey, if they really want to discourage customers, hats off to them.


I'm in the same boat, Verizon requires a landline for my DSL service.
My solution is to turn the ringer off on the phone. My landline doesn't ring, ever.
 
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