29 Years of the Digest ... founded August 21, 1981
The Telecom Digest for March 04, 2011
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Date: Thu, 3 Mar 2011 13:34:54 -0700 From: firstname.lastname@example.org To: email@example.com. Subject:Annoyance Calls Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Folks, I have been getting annoyance calls from phone numbers in Harlingen, Texas. The latest numbers are: (956) 440-8466 (956) 364-2583 (956) 428-2888 (956) 365-3962 (956) 440-8857 This has been going on for quite a while. So I started blocking them. When I do, a short time later I get another call from yet another number always in Harlingen, Texas. According to Mapquest, that is down by Brownsville, Texas at the Southernmost part of Texas on the Mexican border. When I call one of those numbers, I get only a touch tone auto-dialer. No voice or company identification is given. When searching these numbers on the Internet and in the reverse look up services, I get nothing that identifies who the offending company is. But I do find notes on the Internet that suggest it is a company that markets toll-free numbers and that they are apparently looking for toll-free numbers that they can acquire and then sell. I called my VOIP company. They are unable to help me contact the offenders. I called Southwestern Bell. They refuse to help me since I'm 'not their customer' and never mind that one of their customers is placing annoyance calls. This has been going on for weeks. Is there anyone on Telecom Digest that can tell me who this company is so I can contact them and tell them to stop calling my toll-free number? Yes, both my home number and my residential toll-free number are listed on the National Do Not Call list. And I did confirm with the FTC that a *residential* toll-free number could be included in the National Do Not Call list. In fact, they showed me how to bring up the part of the DNC law that authorizes residential toll-free numbers and I read it. I guess I'm going to be filing a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission soon if I don't resolve this. HELP, Fred Atkinson
Date: Fri, 04 Mar 2011 09:43:17 +1100 From: David Clayton <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: ShopAlerts by AT&T Message-ID: <email@example.com> On Wed, 02 Mar 2011 21:18:42 +0000, Stephen wrote: ......... > But - the phone user bears the cost of the text messages while AT+T make > money from the advertiser as well. > > anyone else think this part is backwards? In Australia (and probably other countries as well) mobile users do not pay to receive calls or SMS - but on the flip side all outgoings from mobiles cost way more than "normal" phones. Have we had a discussion of the merits of this way versus the US way of doing things where the example of this thread costs the (passive) receiver money? -- Regards, David. David Clayton Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Knowledge is a measure of how many answers you have, intelligence is a measure of how many questions you have.
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