I’m on the Do Not Call List but people still call me anyway

How is it that I only use a cell phone, I don’t have a landline and yet I’ve gotten more phone calls in the past four months than all of the three and half years I spent living in Germany? I get some real jems too. First is the “My name is John and I have an important messsage from the President…”

They call, on average, every single freaking day. I’m very sorry John but if it was that important and the President wanted me to know I’m pretty sure it’d be on the internet. If the economy imploded again, he got a new dog or he sported “mom jeans” I’m sure I would have read about there before you could call me to tell me the news. Thanks for calling but in the future? Please don’t.

My other favorite is this one: “I’m calling about your recent credit card transaction. Don’t be alarmed…” Alarmed? Why should I be alarmed some unidentified recorded voice is telling me about my unidentified credit card with their unidentified company? That’s right. The END button is in your future.

I also get phone calls from Thor’s school. Not the usual Thor is sick or giving Bunny Ears (hehe) but recorded calls from the school district about stupid things like…flu shots or the coming evening computer awarness program I wasn’t planning to attend anyway. They moaned on numerous occasions about my out of state phone number (since I was living in NJ when I got my phone) and how they needed me to change it so I say why? Why change it? Will it mean you’ll stop wasting my minutes with annoying recorded phone calls? Because if it does I will be down at T-Mobile first thing in the morning getting it changed.

But the legendary phone call of crap is when you answer and the recorded voice says please hang on for the next available operator and thank you for your call. Excuse me? You called me not the other way around. So No I will not be hanging by a thread waiting for you to answer.

I did manage to eliminate the middle of the night calls from the Chinese guy and Mr. Spanish Speaker (both of whom LOVE to call me at 3 am) by simply turning off my phone when I go to bed. Nothing jerks a person with slight insomniac tendencies out of a peaceful sleep faster than a ringing phone. There are only so many people who have my number. Cycling Papa, my parents and my MIL – all of which if they called me at that hour I would know some seriously BAD thing had happened. Work contacts would not be calling me in the middle of the night. So that leaves crank callers. Which is why I sleep with the phone off.

You’re going to ask me why I answer the phone if I don’t recognize the number. Have you ever not answered a ringing phone? Especially when the voicemail for said phone is kind of hit or miss if it works or not? The suspense of not knowing who called would in fact make me nuts.

Do you use a landline or are you strictly a cell phone user like me? Do you get crank calls in the middle of the night? What’s the most annoying phone call you’ve ever gotten?

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11 thoughts on “I’m on the Do Not Call List but people still call me anyway

  1. Wow. I have only been away a year but I never got a solicitation on my (trying not to say handy) cell. Things change quickly! Can't your school use email updates like every other school I have known?

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  2. I have a land line and a cell phone. I like the land line because the signal is always clear and it's reliable.But, my phone is not. It rings but then I have to run downstairs to answer the one that works. It sucks! I would ignore it completely if it weren't for the fact it would wake up my son.

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  3. We're on the do not call, and for the most part it has worked. We have a land line as well as cell phones (we make a lot of long distance calls, and the rates here are so much better on land) and aside from Mr. Chinese Man (who tells me you gave him my number) we don't get any nuisance calls on the cell phones.

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  4. Nope. Doesn't bother me at all not to answer my cell phone. If it is during school hours and I'm at home I will answer (can you believe I don't have caller id?) and if I”m out I will just check the number on the cell if I am busy doing something. It drives my mil crazy. She could be checking out of a store and have to answer if it rings. I am on the do not call and haven't had any solicitors on the cell and rarely on the land line.

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  5. Bummer!I never get solicitation phone calls on my cell. I get stupid phone calls from the president/credit card companies/etc. on my landline but not my cell.That stinks! I hopeyou have unlimited minutes since these jokers are wasting so many!

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  6. Bummer!I never get solicitation phone calls on my cell. I get stupid phone calls from the president/credit card companies/etc. on my landline but not my cell.That stinks! I hopeyou have unlimited minutes since these jokers are wasting so many!

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  7. Got rid of the land line a year ago!! So glad. And cheaper too. I don't get many strange calls on my cell. But the school messages sometimes drive me crazy. Won't ever go back to a land line.

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  8. we only have a land line, we gave up our cellphone, which was only a phone, 4yrs ago. I LOVE it. I do answer the land line but I either hang up on them or keep them n the line forever so it cost them more. :)Oh your calling form “where”? or 'oh you said that a bit quickly could you repeat that last paragraph….?” and on they go thinking they have a bite and uh “no, that is my final answer”. There are pluses the caller gets training, I get to talk to an adult, and the kids get to learn about being quiet while mommy is on the phone. “excuse me I have to sort a child related thing out, please hold…” 🙂

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  9. We have cell phones and still have a landline. I hardly ever get unwanted calls on my cell. I hate those calls that have the recorded voice telling me to hold for an important call. If it was sooooo important wouldn't they call in person. Does anyone actually hold for that “important call”?

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  10. We have cell phones and still have a landline. I hardly ever get unwanted calls on my cell. I hate those calls that have the recorded voice telling me to hold for an important call. If it was sooooo important wouldn't they call in person. Does anyone actually hold for that “important call”?

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