I called a number a few years back, or filled out some form on the internet, and it had reduced my volume a lot, or it was coincidence. I do get called over and over from UNIWAY and MINUTE POLL. I thought UNIWAY was short for "United Way" so I answered. Never answered on Minute Poll. Also, I can't get my phone number published to save me. It must cost my phone provider extra to release their numbers in our local phone book (so they don't), I think that helps a lot. I rarely get a call, of course don't have much mula? Does that matter? My phone provider Knology.com/phone/cable, has great service but no publishing. Lucky me. The cell phone folks would like to see us make their service "the service". What are we going to do when those numbers are our only numbers? Why don't marketers call our cell phones, where we are incurring minute charges? Who stopped those calls? Aha! Also, Why do we let the biggest credit card companies who we choose to do business with have a license to HARRASS us? If they call me, and tell me "its about my account" I pretty much have to listen to see if I am the newest victim. On the other end of the relationship, not only can you not get a human on the phone to cancel, can't do it on the hot shot-offshored web sites either. Web site convenience my $#%. A written letter gets no confirmation, still the endless stream of junk mail. So there is little or no closure. AOL just lost a lawsuit over this, making you jump through hoops to close an account, if you can do it at all. Here is the logic: Read next account-close-request If Automatic pay Move to wait-3-more-months-table else If Pay-by-mail GOTO close immediately. What was once a convenience to us, is on the outs..... Mark Villa in Charleston SC
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