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Old 06-30-2014, 04:19 AM
 
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I hate political calls, some robot yacking in your ear, also I get text messages from Candy Crush to remind me I can play, gonna delete that app.
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Old 07-01-2014, 01:20 PM
 
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Some of us have to make a living calling out selling. I bet some of the high and mighty retirees had to do the same thing when they first began their career, and maybe beyond. I dislike talking on the phone or calling people I don't know. Heck, I rarely call my sweet mom, who is the best human God ever put on earth. But I do have to call call people I have a financial relationship with, all day, every day. And I know they might get tired of it, but it's my job.

Rarely do I get a rude answer. That is to their credit. But for some of you and your ideas how to deal with us "unsolicited callers", remember when you were trying to make a living and how you may have been annoying to customers or manager, or co-workers.

Don't want the call, no need to blow a whistle or threaten to litigate.
I usually don't answer the phone. If anyone REALLY needs me, those are the people that have my cell. But back when my Mom was so ill, I couldn't depend on my sisters to remember that, since my landline was the number they used for so many years and had memorized.

I started picking up the phone.

And telling people I was very sorry, I don't give to or buy from solicitors, that my mother was very ill, and I needed to keep this line free.

And then I hung up -- most often with much compassion from the other side. Occasionally not...but that's life -- some people are jerks.

I agree with you -- this is the world we live in today. It's a shame that the phone is being badly misused (and it is -- with robocalls from the carpet cleaning scammers, calls from the political parties and other things) but there are ways we can handle it -- by not picking up the phone and letting the machine answer, or ditching the landline entirely (I'm looking into that one myself, and no longer give out my phone number for everything)... or simply telling them -- I'm very sorry I do not do business over the phone and hang up. Don't slam the phone down, don't blow a whistle... just don't. Two wrongs don't make a right.
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Old 07-01-2014, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach FL
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We changed our phone to Comcast a while back. And it has a neat feature. Caller ID pops up on your TV screen. If I get a call from a number I don't recognize - I just let it ring through to the answering machine. Robyn
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Old 07-01-2014, 03:13 PM
 
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Just curious, why do people feel the need to dish out money for a land line when you already have a cell phone ?
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Old 07-01-2014, 03:33 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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My landline number used to belong to a golf shop and a hospital so yes, we get calls. Over the years the number of calls has gone down. It's a very easy number so I don't want to change it. Tried going all cellular but my house is a dead zone and we have never found a cell provider that works in my house consistently, hence the landline.

As for the spam calls, I just hang up. Over and over. No thanks! Someone tried to sell me a burial plot the other day....
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Old 07-01-2014, 04:17 PM
 
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach FL
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Just curious, why do people feel the need to dish out money for a land line when you already have a cell phone ?
My husband and I both have cheap paygo cell phones (we're on old plans - my husband's costs $100/year and mine costs $40/year - minimums which we never exceed). They're not very practical for heavy home use (which is where I do all of my serious phone work - business related stuff mostly). When we're out of the house - we're out of contact - except when we have to call someone if there's an emergency on our part.

Perhaps someone can explain to me why any retired senior has to be in touch with everyone/everywhere inside/outside your house 24/7? Robyn
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Old 07-01-2014, 04:40 PM
 
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My husband and I both have cheap paygo cell phones (we're on old plans - my husband's costs $100/year and mine costs $40/year - minimums which we never exceed). They're not very practical for heavy home use (which is where I do all of my serious phone work - business related stuff mostly). When we're out of the house - we're out of contact - except when we have to call someone if there's an emergency on our part.

Perhaps someone can explain to me why any retired senior has to be in touch with everyone/everywhere inside/outside your house 24/7? Robyn
yet, you feel the need to have both ?
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Old 07-01-2014, 04:45 PM
 
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach FL
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yet, you feel the need to have both ?
Honestly - I don't. My father calls me at least once a day - sometimes 3 times. I like to be out of contact.

Who do you want to be in touch with 24/7? Robyn

P.S. We have the cell phones now for emergencies - because pay phones and similar have disappeared 100%.
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Old 07-01-2014, 05:07 PM
 
Location: Northern panhandle WV
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In general Land lines work in emergencies when Cell phone lines are all jammed. This may be less and less true in the future but for now it still applies in most places.
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Old 07-01-2014, 05:31 PM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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We use the cell phones for emergencies, like when the car breaks down or when I'm at the grocery store and want to see if he wants something (big emergency if I forget it).

I keep my cell phone in the car at all times and use a car charger. In the house it doesn't work that well because we have ocean on one side of us and there are no cell towers in the ocean. I have to go out onto the porch to use the cell phone (not always practical, especially in winter.)

Besides, the land line is cheap if you use a service such as spot talk for toll calls. I can call Europe for practically nothing on the land line. Also, I figure, in emergencies, if one won't work, the other one probably will. So that is why I have both.
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