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Originally posted by Thisbseth
Well I'm a telemarketer..after 1 1/2 years of job searching I finally find a good paying job..so I apologize in advance if I ever call you. I'm seth but I'm also known as; Luke, Han, obi wan, Bryan, jake , Napoleon, Frederick, Palmer, and or whatever clever name I can come up with next. It's not the greates job in the world, but I feel like a drug dealer. Always looking over my shoulder! Thanks for the laugh though. And again sorry to all I bug...I'm not doing it on purpose.
Originally posted by DaTroof
Or you could join the 21st Century and ditch the land line. I've had my same cell # for 10 years. ZERO telemarketers. I did get a few spam text messages in 2009, but those stopped almost as soon as they started.
Originally posted by honested3
reply to post by Nurelic
do you work? then whatever your job entails, is selling something to someone or funneling some sort of money from somewhere. maybe some people have no other ways of earning a living, whatever your job is i can find some way it is equally as immoral or annoying as a telemarketer.
yes i work as a telemarketer to some degree, and no its not my lifes passion, and yes i went to college and graduated with a degree and didnt plan on doing this as a career but i have to support my family somehow. so either i annoy you and call you each 'asking' for money through products im selling, or i dont work at all then your 'forced' to give me money through welfare.
telemarketers are people too, most of them if not all of the ones i know are just as annoyed by it as you are, were humans with feelings and dreams and failures just like you, have some compassion.
Originally posted by Detergent
I fixed this problem completely about 6 months ago. Especially with elections here in the states, I was getting dozens of nuisance calls every day. Some days I'd hang up on one nuisance call just to have the phone immediately ring again, and then again.
Here's how I fixed it:
I ported my landline phone number to a internet SIP service that offers Interactive Voice Response (IVR). An IVR system provides the goofy recording you may get when you call some commercial establishment – "Dial 1 for Sales, 2 for Customer Service, 3 for ...". A little box (OBi) connects through my internet router to the SIP service and to my conventional landline phones, replacing the connection to the old phone company.
Then, I set up a single option voice response interaction. When someone calls my number, they hear "Your call will be completed immediately as soon as you press 1 to confirm that you are a human being. Please press 1 now." If "1" is pressed within 10 seconds, the call is immediately connected. If "1" is not pressed, after ten seconds another recording says "Sorry, you seem to be non-human. Good bye." and hangs up. Of course, telemarketing calls are initiated by auto-dialers and not too many auto-dialers immediately press "1", so telemarketing calls get the "non-human" recording and a hang up.
Telemarketing nuisance calls went to zero. Real humans get a chuckle out of it. And, my phone bill went from $50/mo to about $10/mo, even after adding a second phone number.