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Verizon Wireless called me for the 12th time in a week, apparently they're pissed about not recieving money. Which is fair, I mean, I have a cel phone, there's a monthly fee associated with its use.

But they kept calling the house during my workday. 9-5, I'm at work. 9-5, I'd guess half the people I know are at work.

I'm enjoying my lovely day off, and they call again. And then ask the Dumb Question, a flagrant counterexample to the statement "there are no stupid questions," do bear in mind that this is the company I rent my celphone from, and my account number contains my celphone number--

"Are there any other numbers we can reach you at?"

Silly people...

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apryl_knight
Aug. 6th, 2004 12:32 pm (UTC)
And, thus....the ultra-high intelligence of telemarketers, legit or not...

*grin*

I've been there as well. You'd think that companies would have a record of when you worked, or at least different numbers for different times. Oh well. Verizon doesn't strike me as being that much better than Sprint, though I've just dropped from National to Local plan, thereby saving me $30 a month. Woot.
spottylogic
Aug. 6th, 2004 02:39 pm (UTC)
I just operate under the perverse assumption that my wireless phone company has my wireless phone number. I really don't think that's at all a bizaare idea. Of course, it would probably display their phone number as "Verizon Collections" or somethign draconian like that, no offense to dragons. Then, I would perforce not answer.

(snicker)

You're not being paid to hawk Sprint, are you? :)
apryl_knight
Aug. 6th, 2004 02:43 pm (UTC)
Heck no...I switched from Sprint to Verizon. I can call my mother, dad, and brother (and apparently, you) for free. Always a good thing. Most of my overages on Sprint were coming from my mother's calls. *makes face*
guardian_lm
Aug. 6th, 2004 04:01 pm (UTC)
Maybe they're using out-of-band signaling...
Just in case you might think of turning off your cellphone to avoid Verizon Collections?
spottylogic
Aug. 7th, 2004 02:34 am (UTC)
Re: Maybe they're using out-of-band signaling...
But I don't! I'm not even perfectly sure what you just said :)
spottedhyena
Aug. 7th, 2004 05:33 am (UTC)
Re: Maybe they're using out-of-band signaling...
Besides, they should also know whether your phone is on or not ;?)
misternihil
Aug. 7th, 2004 09:56 am (UTC)
Re: Maybe they're using out-of-band signaling...
It's not legal to make unsolicited sales or collection calls to cell numbers without prior permission.
spottylogic
Aug. 7th, 2004 10:03 am (UTC)
Re: Maybe they're using out-of-band signaling...
Does that include a prearranged business agreement, though? That's the usual out with credit cards and suchlike. Maybe they could just say "This phone call is free free free!!!" or sommat.

Ach, well, regardless I told them I'd pay them later, and they went away...
chakawolf
Aug. 6th, 2004 09:01 pm (UTC)
Makes you wonder, eh?
jerseytude
Aug. 7th, 2004 02:11 pm (UTC)
Fade's Game.
Hey, Spotty - Fade (fadethecat) has gotten SJGames to release a card game based on her Space Pirate Amazon Ninja Catgirls (SPANC) game, and Steve Jackson has gotten Phil Foglio of Girl Genius/GURPS IOU fame (awesome guy, by the way) to illustrate it.

Isn't that awesome?

spottylogic
Aug. 7th, 2004 02:52 pm (UTC)
Re: Fade's Game.
Worship Foglio! That's very cool!
bayne
Aug. 7th, 2004 03:04 pm (UTC)
Re: Fade's Game.

I too bow at the altar of Foglio. Must keep an eye or two on this! :)

Also, still must get the Xxxenophile card game... it will be mine!

*wanders off muttering*
squeakymaus
Aug. 9th, 2004 09:51 am (UTC)
Re: Fade's Game.
There is a XXXenophile card game? *swoon*
bayne
Aug. 9th, 2004 12:12 pm (UTC)
Re: Fade's Game.
Indeed. Unless I'm just making it up. But I'm fairly sure I'm not. :)
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