What The Flying Fuck?  

MissAnnThrope 56F
11679 posts
3/27/2006 12:56 pm

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What The Flying Fuck?

A little while ago, the phone rang. I wasn't able to get to it before it went to the machine. I got into the bedroom just in time for the machine to answer. I let it go to the machine and I'm glad I did, as I have evidence of this really happening...


This is a brand new one on me. I don't even know what sort of store it's from. All it did was tell me about a bunch of sale items. Yeah, great. Don't these people realize, when you're sending text ads to someone's cell phone, they're going to see who it's from, but when you send to a landline, we're clueless?

Has anyone else been getting these?

im_your_man77 39M
961 posts
3/27/2006 1:33 pm

It's a new one on me. I just know that when the American Government brought out a law that meant telemarketing companies could not contact someone without permission (you will have to excuse me if I have the technicalities of the law wrong) we in the UK started to get bombarded by the same American companies and we could do nothing about it. The law over here wasn't prepared because those companies had never felt the need to phone here.
Sounds like now they have adapted their techniques to get around the laws in the home market.

MissAnnThrope replies on 3/27/2006 11:39 pm:
We were bombarded by telemarketers for years here, which is why they came up with the National Do Not Call Registry. Most of us are on it, but calls do get through. They've been targeting cell phones lately, as most aren't on the list. But to get a text message about a shoe sale to my landline... They didn't even say who was having the sale! That just boggles my mind.

I used to love the ones from the newspapers. They would never take no for an answer and then call right back if you hung up. I finally got to the point where I'd tell them, "it sounds great! Sign me up for the braille edition!" They never called back.

rm_PurryKitty2 48M/50F
9753 posts
3/27/2006 1:35 pm

I have heard about them but have our cells on the DO NOT CALL REGISTRY so we are not getting any.

Good luck,

Purry {=}


MissAnnThrope replies on 3/27/2006 11:40 pm:
I'm on the Do Not Call registry, but it still doesn't stop certain calls. Which is why I let most calls go to the machine.

BigBoobLuver23 44M

3/27/2006 1:36 pm

I had one telemarketing call to my cellphone, which I answered. I promptly told the telemarketer that it was a cellphone and NOT to have their company remove it from any calling list. I try to at least be patient with them, since Ive been a telemarketer in the past (its a suckass job), but I've had my share of rage against them, usually when they do something totally boneheaded like call me before 8AM.

MissAnnThrope replies on 3/27/2006 11:41 pm:
ah, but it's after 8 AM in their time zone!

People are really getting pissed about calls to their cells, especially when they're on a pay as you go plan, or it's before free minutes start. There's nothing like having to pay to get a phone call from someone trying to sell you something you don't want.

BigBoobLuver23 44M

3/27/2006 1:37 pm

Gah.....that should be to NOT call me back and to have their company remove my number from any list.

MissAnnThrope replies on 3/27/2006 11:42 pm:
Yeah, I got what you meant. I didn't think you were a masochist.

Mistress4you2luv 45F

3/27/2006 1:45 pm

*giggles...and LMAO...Glad I never got one yet!

MissAnnThrope replies on 3/27/2006 11:44 pm:
ah... But I have a feeling, it's going to be the new big thing. Bigger than faxed ads, too!

rm_saintlianna 45F
15466 posts
3/27/2006 1:45 pm

No, but I am not suprised. People are stupid. You can quote that if you want.

MissAnnThrope replies on 3/27/2006 11:45 pm:
But, but, but... I say people are stupid too! Wow! The same quote!

norprin5 55M

3/27/2006 1:58 pm

i hate those companies!

King Nor XVIII

MissAnnThrope replies on 3/27/2006 11:47 pm:
We all do!

MaggiesWishes 60F

3/27/2006 2:04 pm

So not kewl.
They call here all the time, and up til 9:30pm. Not to swift.
I love answer call.

MissAnnThrope replies on 3/27/2006 11:49 pm:
I think here in NJ they're allowed to call until 9. I love my machine too. So many calls I get during the hours they're allowed to call are hang ups. Especially since there's non-profit upon non-profit around here and they're exempted from the do not call registry.

rm_Gentle12553 67M
1378 posts
3/27/2006 2:04 pm

It was ME calling...inviting you to dinner and a movie...darn I missed you again.....well busy tomorrow then.....Italian and the a movie?

Oh guess I have to work on that code huh?

MissAnnThrope replies on 3/27/2006 11:50 pm:
A movie about having more than 30,000 pairs of shoes on sale? Is the movie called, "Imelda Goes Shopping"?

HBowt2 59F

3/27/2006 2:12 pm

yep...get them all the time here....and the text is translated into a funny robotic voice...

MissAnnThrope replies on 3/27/2006 11:53 pm:
Yeah! And that robotic voice is like on hyperdrive! The message is spoken so fast, it's actually hard to keep up. Like I want to listen to the message 15 times to decode it.

saddletrampsk 54F

3/27/2006 2:27 pm

dont get alot of those calls out here..thank God

MissAnnThrope replies on 3/27/2006 11:53 pm:
I think I'm moving.

popmuse01 35F

3/27/2006 2:33 pm

Ooh that's a new one to me, but explains why I'd get calls from a 1-800 number, and we knew it was a telemarketer....we've since taken our landline phone off the connection since techincally we only have a fax and internet phone line!!

I'm leaving the site end of March. To those who want to keep in touch, see blog for details.

MissAnnThrope replies on 3/27/2006 11:54 pm:
I should really get the Internet phone line. But I know I'd be tempted to keep my number.

rm_DaphneR 58F
7938 posts
3/27/2006 2:49 pm

There is a National Do Not Call Registry online that you can fill out and it will take your numbers off the telemarketers lists for 5 years. It's worked wonders for me. I've not received calls from telemarketing companies since a couple months after I signed up. Just search for the bolded text in any search engine and you should be able to find it.

Have tongue, will use it. Repeatedly.

MissAnnThrope replies on 3/27/2006 11:55 pm:
That's the thing... I AM on the registry! But I still get the occassional call. But a text to landline message? How lazy can they get?

bluegirl39 50F

3/27/2006 2:51 pm

thats all we need right...more calls to buy junk...lol

MissAnnThrope replies on 3/27/2006 11:56 pm:
Yeah. This was for a shoe sale. I have so many shoes, I've been listing the ones I never wear anymore on eBay. So even if they had given me the name of the store, I don't think I would have run out to go shopping.

rm_VoodooGuru1 49M
2053 posts
3/27/2006 3:16 pm

How do you know when a call to your LL is text, yo? Or do you have a phone with a LCD... that isn't in storage?

MissAnnThrope replies on 3/27/2006 11:59 pm:
A robotic voice announces that you have a text to landline call. Then the robotic voice rattles it off at hyperspeed. So fast you have to listen 5 times just to get the phone number down. Then at the end of the call, they thank you for using their text to voicemail service. I'm not the one using it. I think texting is dumb as dirt. You can call and get your message across in about half the time it takes to type that all into a keypad.

Djeeper1987 47M

3/27/2006 4:33 pm


Carpe Diem

MissAnnThrope replies on 3/28/2006 12:00 am:


3/27/2006 4:36 pm

I personally have found the caller OD function to be priceless!


MissAnnThrope replies on 3/28/2006 12:00 am:
Um... I think you mean caller ID. However, I think it would be nice if the person who came up with the idea of text to landline advertising would OD.

__Huntress__ 55M/58F

3/27/2006 4:56 pm

Do people really purchase from telemarketers ... at least enough to justify the expense of this ?


MissAnnThrope replies on 3/28/2006 12:01 am:
I have no idea. I'm just keeping the message as evidence that it happened. Especially since I wasn't given the name of the business. Oops.

angelofmercy5 59F
17881 posts
3/27/2006 6:01 pm

I'm registered on the National Do Not Call Registry....and I still get calls. I tell them not to call again. Then I got my number so that if you don't identify the number...the phone won't take the call. And they get around that too.....by putting a state in instead of unknown number. I guess sometimes we're just doomed to get these calls. The ones I hate are the ones who ask you to wait for the next available operator.....yeah right! And the ones who can't speak English! I know telemarketing is a hard job....and I try to be polite. But it is truly an invasion of our privacy!

MissAnnThrope replies on 3/28/2006 12:05 am:
I'm on the do not call registry too. But it doesn't stop all the calls. The call blocking of unidentifed numbers doesn't work either, as they will put in a number they make up off the top of their heads. When I do get the ones asking me to wait for the operator, I just hang up. But I do love the ones where they use call centers in India. Yeah. I really want to hear a sales pitch from someone who was given comprehensive English classes two weeks before starting their job.

Shelly_Marie 44F

3/27/2006 7:07 pm

oh yeah, I put my number in the national do not call list, and it has helped alot too, but I have been recieving calls from a certain 1-800 number that I dont know of because it says unknown on the caller id...so I guess I will be going back to the 'do not call' registry's website and putting it in the complaint box....

MissAnnThrope replies on 3/28/2006 12:02 am:
Yeah, that happens to me. When I put most of those numbers into a reverse directory, they're either not found or a non-profit. They tend to hang up when you let it go to the machine.

NickRules999 39M
9464 posts
3/27/2006 8:42 pm

I have never gotten one of those. What does piss me off is when a machine calls me and asks me to wait on the line. I usually have better things to do then sit on the phone while a machine connects me to a human, and often, the machine hangs up. Five minutes that I'll never get back.

As for telemarketers, when they called, they talked to Soo Sing, Juantastico, and a voice I based on a co-worker that just says, "Que? No hablo." Course, sometimes that backfires, as they have Spanish speaking reps. Arrrggghhh!!!!

Come into my realm! You aren't afraid...are you?

MissAnnThrope replies on 3/28/2006 12:08 am:
Oh trust me. I have a feeling the text to landline messages are the new big thing. But I never wait on the line for the next available operator and if I let the machine answer one of those, I pick up and then hang up.

You know, you have to learn to say, "What? I don't understand" in Ukrainian. I can guarantee you most won't have anyone who can speak it.

lifeisablast333 54M

3/27/2006 9:05 pm

thats just crazy...the redneck

MissAnnThrope replies on 3/28/2006 12:09 am:
I thought it was just freaky. I still want to know what company they were advertising.

8328 posts
3/27/2006 11:35 pm


I think you should find out whre it originated from and start a petition!

No one makes Ann run to the phone, only to be dissapointed by a tele-marketer!

Hell hath no fury like an Ann scorned.


"My every move is a calculated step, to bring me closer to embrace an early death." -Tupac Shakur

MissAnnThrope replies on 3/28/2006 12:13 am:
I wasn't so much pissed off as flabbergasted that they would do that. In a way, I'm in awe of the evil genius that would think that up. I'm also incredibly amused the message never once said who they were advertising. Just the number of shoes they had on sale. But in a way, it does piss me off. Think of the number of telemarketers out of a job, because all they need is one person to push a button to send the message to everyone on their list!

free2chose2 66F

3/28/2006 8:02 am

Answering machines are great, you don't have to listen to the whole f#$#% message---oh btw-------you been tagged-6 strange things about yourself

Don't worry, be Happy

MissAnnThrope replies on 3/28/2006 9:30 am:
NOOOOOO!!!!!!!! No more tags! It was hard enough to come up with the list I provided. It took me two hours to come up with six things I consider weird about myself that weren't mundane. Then another half hour to find six people who haven't been tagged! I'm not playing anymore. I'm taking my ball and going home.

MissAnnThrope 56F
11488 posts
3/28/2006 9:33 am

Update: I just got two more calls from that same number. Same deal, text to landline call. Seems it's some shoe place on Ochard Street. So it's not a traditional telemarketer at all. It's a store, calling everyone in the phone book.

free2chose2 66F

3/28/2006 10:19 am

Then all the marbles are MINE-and I'll just TAG someone else

Don't worry, be Happy

MissAnnThrope replies on 3/29/2006 2:24 pm:

rm_yukonpaul 51M
1120 posts
3/28/2006 5:38 pm

I stopped answering my phone about four years ago. I let the answering machine take it. I've never been on the NDC list. I have even turned off the phone's ringer and turned down the volume of the machine so I can't hear it. I give my cell # out to only the very few people I want to talk to. So far, I have not received any spam calls.

MissAnnThrope replies on 3/29/2006 2:26 pm:
Yeah, I let the machine get it most of the time. I did call back the cell number, got voice mail and bitched out the person it belonged to. I mentioned that I am on the registry and if I got another call, I was reporting the owner of the phone to the FCC and the AG offices of NJ and NY. I haven't gotten another.

womanoirish 54F

3/29/2006 12:47 am

Fortunately that has never happened to me. I hope it doesn't start!

MissAnnThrope replies on 3/29/2006 2:28 pm:
It is a unique experience when it happens. But it's also traceable when it happens. Which means, you can report said caller to the FCC.

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