Last Thursday (9th Sep) I had a sick day. I never realised having a listed number was so dangerous, I had three telemarketers call me. Wow so I have to have a phone line so I can get ADSL and pay the monthly phone line rental. Just so that I can be bombarded with calls from people trying to sell me something.

Well not really sell me anything it’s trying to save me money on my mortgage, but wait a minute I rent. This wouldn’t annoy me so much if they asked if I had a mortgage first, however this is not the case you have to go through about 2 minutes of spiel before you even get to say no thanks.

p The bigger problem with this is that they now use automatic dialing machines you have to sit there for a couple of seconds saying hello before someone is even there to talk back.

Oh well I suppose one day I’ll just go to cable internet and an IP phone and hopefully say goodbye to all this random call SPAM which is what it really is but we cannot install a spam filter to get rid of it :(.

One question remains we all know email spam doesn’t get a great reply rate. With a 1 in 100,000 response rate for an email Spam run to be profitable and 1 in 100 for Postal spam (figures from I wonder would make a telephone spam run be effective? 1 in 50, 1 in 10, 1 in 5?

In the end I have to answer “Number withheld” calls because many legitimate businesses and people call me from withheld numbers and I really don’t want to take my number out of the phone book because I for one use the white pages often to find a phone number. I guess this is just one of those things that you have to deal with in the consumer driven world.

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