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2013-01-24 04:30:15 PM
FTA...The bill is being pushed by Minnesota-based Frontier Communications and Louisiana-based Century Link Inc. The companies say a 2000 law to end cold calls to customers and create a "Do Not Call" list hampers their ability to market new services to new customers.

Yeah, that worked so well when Qwest (now CenturyLink) was my phone & DSL provider. They hired third party telemarketers that called weekly, trying to get me to upgrade to a phone/DSL/satellite TV package. Granted it was a good deal, but we had already had both DirecTV (which was what Qwest offered) and Dish come out and they both determined that there was no line-of-sight due to the large trees on the apartment complex's property.

I finally ended up threatening both Qwest and their telemarketing firm with legal action if they didn't stop harassing me. I shouldn't have to tell them the same thing week after week as to why satellite TV wasn't an option where I live.
 
2013-01-24 04:38:39 PM

Bathia_Mapes: FTA...The bill is being pushed by Minnesota-based Frontier Communications and Louisiana-based Century Link Inc. The companies say a 2000 law to end cold calls to customers and create a "Do Not Call" list hampers their ability to market new services to new customers.

Yeah, that worked so well when Qwest (now CenturyLink) was my phone & DSL provider. They hired third party telemarketers that called weekly, trying to get me to upgrade to a phone/DSL/satellite TV package. Granted it was a good deal, but we had already had both DirecTV (which was what Qwest offered) and Dish come out and they both determined that there was no line-of-sight due to the large trees on the apartment complex's property.

I finally ended up threatening both Qwest and their telemarketing firm with legal action if they didn't stop harassing me. I shouldn't have to tell them the same thing week after week as to why satellite TV wasn't an option where I live.


I'd say CSB but actually this is pretty spot-on.  We had the same problem with Qwest in MN regarding "activating long-distance service" which we didn't need because we had cell phones.  Ended up telling them if they called again I would conference in our lawyer and have him lay out exactly how much we were going to request in compensation.  Didn't hear from them after that.

In any case I don't think eliminating the Do-Not-Call Registry would play well across the electorate when they are suddenly inundated with telemarketing calls at all hours of the day.
 
2013-01-24 05:08:04 PM

Elandriel: Bathia_Mapes: FTA...The bill is being pushed by Minnesota-based Frontier Communications and Louisiana-based Century Link Inc. The companies say a 2000 law to end cold calls to customers and create a "Do Not Call" list hampers their ability to market new services to new customers.

Yeah, that worked so well when Qwest (now CenturyLink) was my phone & DSL provider. They hired third party telemarketers that called weekly, trying to get me to upgrade to a phone/DSL/satellite TV package. Granted it was a good deal, but we had already had both DirecTV (which was what Qwest offered) and Dish come out and they both determined that there was no line-of-sight due to the large trees on the apartment complex's property.

I finally ended up threatening both Qwest and their telemarketing firm with legal action if they didn't stop harassing me. I shouldn't have to tell them the same thing week after week as to why satellite TV wasn't an option where I live.

I'd say CSB but actually this is pretty spot-on.  We had the same problem with Qwest in MN regarding "activating long-distance service" which we didn't need because we had cell phones.  Ended up telling them if they called again I would conference in our lawyer and have him lay out exactly how much we were going to request in compensation.  Didn't hear from them after that.

In any case I don't think eliminating the Do-Not-Call Registry would play well across the electorate when they are suddenly inundated with telemarketing calls at all hours of the day.


I also got rhw "activating long-distance service" calls, which I had no need of. Other than the occasional 1-800 number, I don't make long distance calls. Qwest seemed to have a hard time understanding that, but as least they backed off about that much quicker than the satellite crap. This was well before I had a cell phone, but I'm not getting a service I have no need for.
 
2013-01-24 05:35:17 PM

Bathia_Mapes: FTA...The bill is being pushed by Minnesota-based Frontier Communications and Louisiana-based Century Link Inc. The companies say a 2000 law to end cold calls to customers and create a "Do Not Call" list hampers their ability to market new services to new customers.

Yeah, that worked so well when Qwest (now CenturyLink) was my phone & DSL provider. They hired third party telemarketers that called weekly, trying to get me to upgrade to a phone/DSL/satellite TV package. Granted it was a good deal, but we had already had both DirecTV (which was what Qwest offered) and Dish come out and they both determined that there was no line-of-sight due to the large trees on the apartment complex's property.

I finally ended up threatening both Qwest and their telemarketing firm with legal action if they didn't stop harassing me. I shouldn't have to tell them the same thing week after week as to why satellite TV wasn't an option where I live.


Yeah, that does suck.  Cox calls me like every 2 months, no big deal.  However... I don't *think* the Do Not Call registry would help you in this case anyway.  You're their customer, you have an established business relationship.  I believe they can call you all they want.

Its terrible PR though.
 
2013-01-24 05:36:01 PM
[obvious]
 
2013-01-24 05:37:33 PM

Bathia_Mapes: Elandriel: Bathia_Mapes: FTA...The bill is being pushed by Minnesota-based Frontier Communications and Louisiana-based Century Link Inc. The companies say a 2000 law to end cold calls to customers and create a "Do Not Call" list hampers their ability to market new services to new customers.

Yeah, that worked so well when Qwest (now CenturyLink) was my phone & DSL provider. They hired third party telemarketers that called weekly, trying to get me to upgrade to a phone/DSL/satellite TV package. Granted it was a good deal, but we had already had both DirecTV (which was what Qwest offered) and Dish come out and they both determined that there was no line-of-sight due to the large trees on the apartment complex's property.

I finally ended up threatening both Qwest and their telemarketing firm with legal action if they didn't stop harassing me. I shouldn't have to tell them the same thing week after week as to why satellite TV wasn't an option where I live.

I'd say CSB but actually this is pretty spot-on.  We had the same problem with Qwest in MN regarding "activating long-distance service" which we didn't need because we had cell phones.  Ended up telling them if they called again I would conference in our lawyer and have him lay out exactly how much we were going to request in compensation.  Didn't hear from them after that.

In any case I don't think eliminating the Do-Not-Call Registry would play well across the electorate when they are suddenly inundated with telemarketing calls at all hours of the day.

I also got rhw "activating long-distance service" calls, which I had no need of. Other than the occasional 1-800 number, I don't make long distance calls. Qwest seemed to have a hard time understanding that, but as least they backed off about that much quicker than the satellite crap. This was well before I had a cell phone, but I'm not getting a service I have no need for.


Did you try this:
www.vanguardmil.com
Blow the cock farking sucker's ear drums out.

fark telemarketers
 
2013-01-24 05:38:08 PM
FTFA: "The companies say a 2000 law to end cold calls to customers and create a "Do Not Call" list hampers their ability to market new services to new customers."

That's the point assholes.
 
2013-01-24 05:38:20 PM
I love the do not call list. I felt bad hanging up on/yelling at people just doing a shiatty job, but I also hated being bothered, especially after telling them 10 times previously to remove me from their list.  My office is inundated by annoying calls for services we don't want and "take us off your list" does not work on them, either.

The other thing that needs to go is CONSTANT mail solicitations. I get at least 10 credit card solicitations a week, AT&T wants me to take UVerse at least 3 times a week, so on and so forth. It drives me crazy - such a waste of paper and postage.
 
2013-01-24 05:38:56 PM
I hardly ever get cold calls, but someone has been using my number at, of all places, car dealerships. I guess they want to test drive the car and not get callbacks, but it's happened like 5 times now.
 
2013-01-24 05:42:19 PM
Although it seems like fun, blowing a whistle into the phone is not going to do anything for a robo call. What I do when I get a call like this is to put the phone on the table and do something else for a while. It ties up their line for a while, thus sparing other consumers the agita.
 
2013-01-24 05:43:33 PM
The DNC list doesn't stop those effing scammers from calling day and night. I let my two year old answer those calls now.
 
2013-01-24 05:44:46 PM
I've got a better idea, let's get rid of the Telecoms, instead.
 
2013-01-24 05:44:54 PM

serpent_sky: I love the do not call list. I felt bad hanging up on/yelling at people just doing a shiatty job, but I also hated being bothered, especially after telling them 10 times previously to remove me from their list.  My office is inundated by annoying calls for services we don't want and "take us off your list" does not work on them, either.

The other thing that needs to go is CONSTANT mail solicitations. I get at least 10 credit card solicitations a week, AT&T wants me to take UVerse at least 3 times a week, so on and so forth. It drives me crazy - such a waste of paper and postage.


I kinda' miss the live telemarketers vs the robo calls I get now. It just isn't the same trying to creep out a robot by asking "hey there, what are you wearing ?" and sleazing on them until they hang up.
 
2013-01-24 05:44:55 PM

serpent_sky: The other thing that needs to go is CONSTANT mail solicitations. I get at least 10 credit card solicitations a week, AT&T wants me to take UVerse at least 3 times a week, so on and so forth. It drives me crazy - such a waste of paper and postage.


I believe there's a mail version similar to the DNC list.  I swear I signed up years ago, and indeed the junk mail went way, way down.
 
2013-01-24 05:45:10 PM
Let them pass it. I don't answer my home phone. And my cellphone is white-listed, so if you aren't in my directory, it doesn't ring or go to voicemail -- the call just cuts out.
 
2013-01-24 05:45:38 PM
If they do away with the do not call list, I will resort to the most obnoxious methods of getting them to hang up and not call back that I can come up with. I hate telemarketers and have no need for them. If I want something I'll seek it out.
 
2013-01-24 05:45:39 PM
The House State Affairs Committee introduced the bill Thursday and sent it to the Business Committee for review.

Now which of our Congress-folks just received a nice donation I wonder. (How could ANYONE think this is a good idea?)
 
2013-01-24 05:46:47 PM

downstairs: Bathia_Mapes: FTA...The bill is being pushed by Minnesota-based Frontier Communications and Louisiana-based Century Link Inc. The companies say a 2000 law to end cold calls to customers and create a "Do Not Call" list hampers their ability to market new services to new customers.

Yeah, that worked so well when Qwest (now CenturyLink) was my phone & DSL provider. They hired third party telemarketers that called weekly, trying to get me to upgrade to a phone/DSL/satellite TV package. Granted it was a good deal, but we had already had both DirecTV (which was what Qwest offered) and Dish come out and they both determined that there was no line-of-sight due to the large trees on the apartment complex's property.

I finally ended up threatening both Qwest and their telemarketing firm with legal action if they didn't stop harassing me. I shouldn't have to tell them the same thing week after week as to why satellite TV wasn't an option where I live.

Yeah, that does suck.  Cox calls me like every 2 months, no big deal.  However... I don't *think* the Do Not Call registry would help you in this case anyway.  You're their customer, you have an established business relationship.  I believe they can call you all they want.

Its terrible PR though.


Granted I was their customer, but I also have the right to ask them to stop calling me, even if I have an existing relationship with them. That applies to any and all third party companies they hire to telemarket their services.
 
2013-01-24 05:46:58 PM
Although it seems like fun, blowing a whistle into the phone is not going to do anything for a robo call. What I do when I get a call like this is to put the phone on the table and do something else for a while. It ties up their line for a while, thus sparing other consumers the agita.

Bingo, this is what I did. I'd say "hey, let me get my wife, she's handles all the bills". Then I'd set the phone down and go back to what I was doing.
 
2013-01-24 05:47:07 PM
I used to gets lots of telemarketing calls, but when I started answering the phone as if I was calling a sex line they started to decline. Now I hardly get any telemarketing calls at all.

/I'm so lonely :(
 
2013-01-24 05:47:08 PM

serpent_sky:
The other thing that needs to go is CONSTANT mail solicitations. I get at least 10 credit card solicitations a week, AT&T wants me to take UVerse at least 3 times a week, so on and so forth. It drives me crazy - such a waste of paper and postage.


If it has a postage paid return envelope, just rubberband that sucker to a brick and send it back. I guarantee they'll stop mailing you when it costs them $20 in postage every time they send you something.
 
2013-01-24 05:47:12 PM
I simply never answer the phone directly. I let the answering machine get it, and my friends/family know I'll pick up if it's them. I get a wee little bit of sadistic satisfaction listening to the telemarketers trying and trying and *trying* to get ahold of me.....
 
2013-01-24 05:47:35 PM

K3rmy: The House State Affairs Committee introduced the bill Thursday and sent it to the Business Committee for review.

Now which of our Congress-folks just received a nice donation I wonder. (How could ANYONE think this is a good idea?)


I get the impression that this is the Idaho government.
 
2013-01-24 05:48:30 PM
In Idaho. So you may continue not panicking.
 
2013-01-24 05:48:45 PM
Why? It's not like it stops them."Cold calls" have just become "well, clearly you must have signed up for our newsletter somewhere.." to get around it.
 
2013-01-24 05:49:43 PM

SpaceBison: I used to gets lots of telemarketing calls, but when I started answering the phone as if I was calling a sex line they started to decline. Now I hardly get any telemarketing calls at all.

/I'm so lonely :(


Awwww.

/what are you wearing?
 
2013-01-24 05:51:39 PM

Uakronkid: serpent_sky:
The other thing that needs to go is CONSTANT mail solicitations. I get at least 10 credit card solicitations a week, AT&T wants me to take UVerse at least 3 times a week, so on and so forth. It drives me crazy - such a waste of paper and postage.

If it has a postage paid return envelope, just rubberband that sucker to a brick and send it back. I guarantee they'll stop mailing you when it costs them $20 in postage every time they send you something.


My apartment manager might find it suspicious if I'm seen pushing a wheelbarrow full of bricks into the elevator.
 
2013-01-24 05:51:45 PM
Just keep saying hello over and over again any time they say anything, but do it in a way that makes it sound like you have like 50 personalities
 
2013-01-24 05:52:04 PM
I only get one robocall regularly but it's from a cruise line and starts with a foghorn. Why the blue fark do they think that's going to get me to do anything but hang up immediately?
 
2013-01-24 05:52:35 PM

Litig8r: Let them pass it. I don't answer my home phone. And my cellphone is white-listed, so if you aren't in my directory, it doesn't ring or go to voicemail -- the call just cuts out.


Same deal here, but my cell phone is the only phone I have and only those people in my contacts can get through to my phone other calls are just dropped with no notification presented to me that a call had even be made to my phone. On another note I never answer the door to my house anyone that I would allow into my house has a key and knows to call before coming over. I am not unfriendly I am a very outgoing person, but I know if someone I do not know calls or comes to my door they want money from me and the answer from me is going to be no.
 
2013-01-24 05:53:50 PM
We get the robo calls that start with "The FBI has determined that the crime rate in your area is on the rise"
I guess by making it a public service announcement it's OK for them to call and try to sell you their burglar alarms.
 
2013-01-24 05:53:53 PM
Telecoms: We could make more money if we were legally allowed to be more evil than we are now. We need you to commit political suicide for us.
Congress: Challenge considered.

/who am I kidding, they could eat a live baby during a debate and still get votes, as long as they promised to vote to make sure that baby couldn't be aborted
 
2013-01-24 05:54:07 PM
I've gotten a couple of calls that when I answer, I hear a ship horn blast then a voice comes on offering a free cruise. The first time I listened to the pitch, after that, the horn blast doesn't even finish before I hang up.
 
2013-01-24 05:55:10 PM
Telemarketers, pfft. We didn't have much of a problem with them. LifeSource on the other hand...
 
2013-01-24 05:55:21 PM
Keep a soundboard handy.
 
2013-01-24 05:55:54 PM

Uakronkid: serpent_sky:
The other thing that needs to go is CONSTANT mail solicitations. I get at least 10 credit card solicitations a week, AT&T wants me to take UVerse at least 3 times a week, so on and so forth. It drives me crazy - such a waste of paper and postage.

If it has a postage paid return envelope, just rubberband that sucker to a brick and send it back. I guarantee they'll stop mailing you when it costs them $20 in postage every time they send you something.


Does that work? I thought I read somewhere that the post office wouldn't deliver a brick. (could be wrong)

Once every couple of weeks or so (usually while watching Top Gear) I gather all of the unsolicited offers, shuffle the contents around, then stuff the pre-paid envelopes with other random offers and send them back. Sometimes I include little random gift like the tattered UNO card my ferret pulled out of the heat register or a coupon for cat food the grocery store included with my receipt. Just to brighten the mail workers day.
 
2013-01-24 05:56:31 PM
Keep a whoopee cushion by the phone.
 
2013-01-24 05:57:19 PM

Broktun: Bathia_Mapes: Elandriel: Bathia_Mapes:


Did you try this:
[www.vanguardmil.com image 250x250]
Blow the cock farkin ...


Right...because the barely-educated mother of three, who took the only job she could find after her alcoholic husband died, is to blame for creating a nuisance marketing plan.
 
2013-01-24 05:57:33 PM

Skyd1v: Once every couple of weeks or so (usually while watching Top Gear) I gather all of the unsolicited offers, shuffle the contents around, then stuff the pre-paid envelopes with other random offers and send them back. Sometimes I include little random gift like the tattered UNO card my ferret pulled out of the heat register or a coupon for cat food the grocery store included with my receipt. Just to brighten the mail workers day.


This idea. Zul likes.
 
2013-01-24 05:59:01 PM

lewismarktwo: I hardly ever get cold calls, but someone has been using my number at, of all places, car dealerships. I guess they want to test drive the car and not get callbacks, but it's happened like 5 times now.


About 5 years ago, someone listed my number in an auto trader magazine. After telling two people they had the wrong number only to have them dial back immediately (guess they thought they fat-fingered the number), it occurred to me that the best way to keep these people from calling back is to make them not want whatever they're calling about. So the next three or four calls went something like this:

"Hi, I'm calling about the Tempo you have listed in the classifieds..."

"Erm. Yeah. I'm afraid I can't sell it now. Seems the fuel injector got stuck and the resulting backfire blew the muffler up through the trunk and into the neighbor's yard. Need to get that fixed...."

Not a single person called back.

Fortunately, only a handful of people ever called about the car (who'd want a Tempo anyway?)...
 
2013-01-24 05:59:21 PM

you have pee hands: I only get one robocall regularly but it's from a cruise line and starts with a foghorn. Why the blue fark do they think that's going to get me to do anything but hang up immediately?


I get those on my mobile.
 
2013-01-24 05:59:57 PM

Skyd1v: Uakronkid: serpent_sky:
The other thing that needs to go is CONSTANT mail solicitations. I get at least 10 credit card solicitations a week, AT&T wants me to take UVerse at least 3 times a week, so on and so forth. It drives me crazy - such a waste of paper and postage.

If it has a postage paid return envelope, just rubberband that sucker to a brick and send it back. I guarantee they'll stop mailing you when it costs them $20 in postage every time they send you something.

Does that work? I thought I read somewhere that the post office wouldn't deliver a brick. (could be wrong)

Once every couple of weeks or so (usually while watching Top Gear) I gather all of the unsolicited offers, shuffle the contents around, then stuff the pre-paid envelopes with other random offers and send them back. Sometimes I include little random gift like the tattered UNO card my ferret pulled out of the heat register or a coupon for cat food the grocery store included with my receipt. Just to brighten the mail workers day.


It's sheet metal for pre-paid postage envelopes.

If it's a postcard, draw Satanist symbols, verses, and write a dark blessing to the CEO.
 
2013-01-24 06:00:12 PM
We used to get a lot of calls from a certain company that has very rude, aggressive people on the phones. This was at work. They would demand the bosses cell number, act like they knew him, etc. The girl that answers the phone would never give it out, who would? They would then start cussing her out until she hung up. She's got some thick skin, so she would just put down the phone and mutter something about farking assholes. I had to cover the phone for her one day and of course got the call. When they demanded the bosses cell I gave them the rejection hotline. Man, when he called back I was farking rolling. He was so damned pissed. Calling me all sorts of shiat.

/csb
//look up your local rejection hotline. keep it handy.
 
2013-01-24 06:02:04 PM

Skyd1v: Uakronkid: serpent_sky:
The other thing that needs to go is CONSTANT mail solicitations. I get at least 10 credit card solicitations a week, AT&T wants me to take UVerse at least 3 times a week, so on and so forth. It drives me crazy - such a waste of paper and postage.

If it has a postage paid return envelope, just rubberband that sucker to a brick and send it back. I guarantee they'll stop mailing you when it costs them $20 in postage every time they send you something.

Does that work? I thought I read somewhere that the post office wouldn't deliver a brick. (could be wrong)

Once every couple of weeks or so (usually while watching Top Gear) I gather all of the unsolicited offers, shuffle the contents around, then stuff the pre-paid envelopes with other random offers and send them back. Sometimes I include little random gift like the tattered UNO card my ferret pulled out of the heat register or a coupon for cat food the grocery store included with my receipt. Just to brighten the mail workers day.


I'm pretty sure that a brick is too heavy for normal mail delivery. That whole 13 oz thing they have going on because everybody knows a brick is a bomb.

Sand, small rocks, bones of dead critters, etc. on the other hand can be mailed. Just keep the weight to about 10-12 oz and you'll get much the same effect. You can also get a bunch of chick tracks, desecrate them with satanic drawings and mail them back.
 
2013-01-24 06:02:46 PM
FTFA Lobbyist and former Idaho Rep. Jim Clark says the bill gives customers the ability to opt-out from solicitation calls.

static4.fjcdn.com
 
2013-01-24 06:04:11 PM
"EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEOOOOOOOOOOOOOO This is your captain speaking...."
 
2013-01-24 06:04:20 PM
Hey Telecoms, the ppl on the DNC list weren't & aren't going to buy your shiat anyways so explain how this will generate more business??
 
2013-01-24 06:04:52 PM
Farkers. Seems like every week I get a robocall from a place telling me I've won something, and that I need to claim it by calling another number (usually something ending in "DIRT" or "SMUT"and entering a code. There doesn't seem to be a human in the loop to tell I'm on the do-not-call list. Research indicates that this place specializes in fraudulent billing for porn calls. They're driving me nuts, and I'm not sure reporting these numbers to the FCC will do any good.
 
2013-01-24 06:04:56 PM
Honestly , with having cell phones and if spam phone calls were allowed to start up again, I would drop my home phone like a bad habit. If I didn't call you, chances are I don't want your sh*t product to start with. If I want it , I'll find you.

/Also stopped giving out my real phone number (home or cell) or E-mail years ago to ANY company.
//Make one up and stick with it, that way it's like you own it and won't have to guess what number is on your stupid coupon tags / customer loyalty cards people always want to give you.
 
2013-01-24 06:05:12 PM

Bathia_Mapes: The bill is being pushed by Minnesota-based Frontier Communications and Louisiana-based Century Link Inc. The companies say a 2000 law to end cold calls to customers and create a "Do Not Call" list hampers their ability to market new services to new customers.


Boy, they caught on to that in no time.
 
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