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Offline Tatilde

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Unsolicited phone calls
« on: March 04, 2008, 11:31:41 AM »
My daughter received a phone call yesterday from a company who wanted to sell the car for her that she had advertised elsewhere. She said she wasn''t interested and put the phone down. She was immediately phoned back and told not to be so rude! The same thing has just happened to me. I listened patiently for a minute or so and then said I wasn''t interested. I too was phoned straight back and more or less told to listen to what the caller had to say! It''s bad enough being phoned in the first place. but then to be shouted at!

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Re: Unsolicited phone calls
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2008, 02:19:27 PM »
this can be remedied by keeping a whistle by the phone.. >:D ;D
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Re: Unsolicited phone calls
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2008, 02:45:48 PM »
Good idea, but I would probably then be sued for bursting the caller''s eardrum.

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Re: Unsolicited phone calls
« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2008, 02:55:00 PM »
my other half always hands the phone over to me when we have a persistant unwanted caller..i am middle aged but i remember when i was a kid listening to a man called Stanley Unwin..he was a master of gobbledegook and double talk....after a couple of mins they are desperate to get away from me!! :o i''m sure they must put a mark by my name reminding them not to phone back!!! shame i was only being chatty >:D

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Re: Unsolicited phone calls
« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2008, 04:01:49 PM »
The other trick is to say: "Fine, just a moment while I turn the cooker down"  & wander off, leaving the phone off the hook, for at least 10-15 minutes.

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Re: Unsolicited phone calls
« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2008, 06:32:38 PM »
That can sometimes be expensive Sally, as some of these companies switch to charging you for the call after a couple of minutes!!!

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Re: Unsolicited phone calls
« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2008, 07:39:16 PM »
I sometimes say, did you get me out of the shower just to try and sell me something I don''t want? or I say I''m really really deaf can you speak up please? If you have a phone which shows the number and it says international then usually thats a nuisance caller, or sometimes theres a delay, thats when I hang up.
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Re: Unsolicited phone calls
« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2008, 10:17:24 PM »
That can sometimes be expensive Sally, as some of these companies switch to charging you for the call after a couple of minutes!!!

B****y h**l, Joan - did not realise that!!

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Re: Unsolicited phone calls
« Reply #8 on: March 04, 2008, 10:54:55 PM »
Tell them you be happy to accept their kind offer and can they arrange credit as you are zero credit rated  >:D they cant get off the phone quickly enough :)

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Re: Unsolicited phone calls
« Reply #9 on: March 05, 2008, 07:57:14 AM »
How do these companies switch to charging us then? If they did that surely it would be tantamount to theft/or abstract electricity or something, it would certainly not be lawful, I''m going to keep an eye on my bills though and see what I can find out about this.

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Re: Unsolicited phone calls
« Reply #10 on: March 05, 2008, 01:13:50 PM »
The short answer is they can''t.Don''t worry about it.To be charged you have to dial yourself.

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Re: Unsolicited phone calls
« Reply #11 on: March 05, 2008, 07:39:52 PM »
Are you sure, Johnjen? I may have been told an Urban myth but we were warned at work that some of the automated unsolicited telephone calls can do this. 

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Re: Unsolicited phone calls
« Reply #12 on: March 06, 2008, 05:10:42 PM »
Yes,I am pretty sure Joan H.If & when it becomes possible everybody will be doing it & it will be headline news.I get loads of calls from our little friends in India trying to sell me one financial product or other.You can''t do anything about international calls but you can stop unsolicited calls from the UK by joining the telephone preference service.I deliberately leave our indian friends on hold until they get fed up & have never been charged.You think they would get the message,but they don''t give up.What really annoys me however is that you are charged if you ring the 0870 numbers that most compamies seem to have as their only contact no.On dialing & going thru 3 or 4 automated procedures you are then left on hold because they are busy.By the time you finally speak to an actual person the call has cost 1.50 & a big percentage of this goes to the callee.Easyjet is one such company.Another way of keeping the headline price down.


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