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Re: [vox] lame phone spam...

On Fri, 6 Sep 2002, Peter Jay Salzman wrote:
> i assume you know about california's no call policy, so i won't go into
> that.  i keep a detailed list of the calling number, the company that is
> soliciting, the company they're soliciting on behalf of, the date and
> some kind of operator ID or name.  i keep it in a text file on my
> system.

Yes, but you still get calls from them at least once. :-(

> also, caller id and the privacy manager have cut down the phone
> solicitations from a couple a week down to 1 in about 4 months.  it
> sucks to have to pay for privacy, but that's the world we live in.

This is an option, but it would be very cool to have telemarketers pay me
to harass me. :-D

> maybe some courageous person will take pacbell to court to try to sue
> them into giving us privacy options for free.

That would be nice. Very nice....
> pete
> begin ME <dugan@passwall.com> 
> > "I have had it up to *here* with being spammed on my extra phone line!"
> > [Image of some guy holding his hand up to some part of his anatomy - above
> > the neck.]
> > 
> > OK. I have talked about this before, but wanted to ask if anyone has done
> > it... I was thinking of setting up a 1-900 service and then publishing the
> > 1-900 number as part of my phone contact for the domains that I own at the
> > registrar. Also, I was thinking about using this phone number at
> > conventions and anything where they require a phone number. (My business
> > card can, of course, have a regular number, but I can control who gets
> > them.)
> > 
> > Certainly, this will mean I wont get business calls to this number, but i
> > could always give them a different number. The idea is to cut down on spam
> > and phone solicitations. Also, if they are dumb enough to spam a 900
> > number, I'd just keep them one as long as possible to have them pay me for
> > my time.
> > 
> > So, I wanted to know how much of a cost was associated with setting up a
> > 900 service, and how could you control it on cost per minute? Are there
> > limits? Say, could I charge $1000/minute? (All it would take would be one
> > phone call. ;-)
> > 
> > Suggestions on 900 service providers and estimates on cost if you have
> > experience with such services is welcome.
> > 
> > Maybe even a 900 based service that takes messages and writes them to
> > e-mail...
> > 
> > I know this is not the nicest thing to do to the community, and someone
> > who would like to complain to someone on the phone about a domain, but
> > perhaps I could always refund money to genuine complaints... :-/
> > (Though I have never received a technical call on my contact line, so it
> > seems unlikely to get many.)
> > 
> > Thanks!
> > -ME
> > 
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