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ATT Cell Phone Issue

Posted on 03/11/2013 6:23:26 PM PDT by Fester Chugabrew

It had been nearly two decades since I owned a cell phone when I decided recently to purchase an ATT cell phone, using their GoPhone program. The idea was/is to have a device to reach others via speech from a semi-remote location in case of emergency, and do so with minimum hassle or expense. I'm sure there are millions who seek the same.

Now that I have the phone and have successfully disabled any texting and web applications (not without first being dinged for any and all fumbling with the buttons), I receive bogus phone calls from god-knows-who spammeisters, with each disconnected call costing $0.10. My cell number has not been published to anyone other than my wife, and she probably forgot the number anyway.

This leads me to wonder whether it would not be in the interest of a company like ATT to employ folks to make these bogus calls. I’m on the hook for this dough, and no one else. Sure, I can call ATT, bitch about it and let them make an adjustment to my account, which I’m sure they will gladly do. But how many other people just let this stuff go at $0.10 a pop? Why should I go through this hassle to keep my dimes?

There was a school district from a neighboring state (OH) whose text notification system is on steroids. It was like getting a phone call for every snowflake that threatened to hit the ground (Okay, I hyperbolize) until I emailed their IT guy and those calls stopped pretty much the same day, but why should I have to go through that just to own a phone?

As of now, I am of a mind to toss the whole notion once the 3-month bath of minutes expires, but if someone out there has better experiences for pure and simple mobile voice without all this bogus BS, I’d like to hear about it. It is my firm opinion that, by law, cell phone billing for voice calls ought only be attached to the outbound party.



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1 posted on 03/11/2013 6:23:26 PM PDT by Fester Chugabrew
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To: Fester Chugabrew

Just get an obozophone — they are free and all those problems belong to the DNC!


2 posted on 03/11/2013 6:24:49 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (I learned everything I needed to know about racism from Colin Powell)
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To: freedumb2003

But aren’t you stuck with receiving all those lame Tweats from MooseChelle?


3 posted on 03/11/2013 6:26:14 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: Fester Chugabrew

Must the replies contain both reason & rhyme?
Not sure I can supply both at the same time...
:)


4 posted on 03/11/2013 6:27:26 PM PDT by Hegemony Cricket (The emperor < still > has no pedigree.)
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To: Fester Chugabrew

You should be able to call Customer service and get the cell # changed due to the harassing calls. this should be a free service. it cant hurt to call.


5 posted on 03/11/2013 6:28:40 PM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature ($1.84 - The price of a gallon of gas on Jan. 20th, 2009.)
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To: Fester Chugabrew

Buy a Tracfone from Walmart. I’ve used one for years and have had little trouble from unwanted calls. No contract required and you can buy as many minutes as you think you will need. Serves my minimal communication needs just fine.


6 posted on 03/11/2013 6:38:25 PM PDT by ChoobacKY
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To: Fester Chugabrew

Telemarketers have gone crazy calling all of our cell phones. It appears they randomly call numbers via dialer software. The only thing you can really do is to block each number as you determine it is a telemarketer/scammer.


7 posted on 03/11/2013 6:40:23 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: IllumiNaughtyByNature; Hegemony Cricket

That might work
If I’m not too much the jerk.
I suspect, however, clever
Trolls are ready
Worse than Billy and Freddie.


8 posted on 03/11/2013 6:45:56 PM PDT by Fester Chugabrew (double trouble, here we come)
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To: Fester Chugabrew

I’ve had AAT for years and been quite satisfied with them. However, reading their literature fees and service requirements is a must as is a willingness to call and politely but firmly complain. Their overseas packages are quite good if you just remember to turn off all the smart stuff on your phone - I know people who got hammered with two or three thousand dollar charges because daughter liked YouTube.


9 posted on 03/11/2013 6:46:43 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: nascarnation

Moochelle Tweats
Beet Moochelle teats.


10 posted on 03/11/2013 6:47:09 PM PDT by Fester Chugabrew (double trouble, here we come)
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To: Fester Chugabrew

I am on an AT&T Go Phone service with a pre-SmartPhone Motorola RAZR. I switched to the $2.00/day plan which comes with a catch - it is $2.00 per day but only on the days you actually place or receive a call. Once you do make/receive a call, all the rest of the calls that day are free. For recluses, that’s a nice deal.

Since it has a caller ID, ignore any calls you don’t recognize. If they go to voice mail, choose to play them back on a day you were planning to use the phone anyway.

In my case, the $25 refill lasts me approx. one month which is considerably less than most calling plans. I stay away from texting and web access unless I absolutely need to.


11 posted on 03/11/2013 6:47:39 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (Our economy won't heal until one particular black man is unemployed.)
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To: Fester Chugabrew

I use Tracfone pre-paid and seldom have spam calls. I do occasionally get them, however.

I also signed my number up on the FED and state DO NOT CALL lists.


12 posted on 03/11/2013 6:48:12 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: JimSEA

Took only moments enduring this stint
To discover it’s covered
In all the fine print.


13 posted on 03/11/2013 6:48:42 PM PDT by Fester Chugabrew (double trouble, here we come)
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To: Fester Chugabrew

I’ve got Cricket ... and it’s my only phone. It works great and it’s flat rate with unlimited everything. I don’t care who calls and who texts, as it doesn’t matter. But, the fact of the matter is that no one calls that I don’t know and no one texts that I don’t know. So, it really doesn’t make any difference. And this is after having it for a long time (over a year, anyway, on one number).

AND ... if someone has the “Life Line” program (if you have even $1 of Food Stamps, you qualify) - you can get $35 credit back on the Cricket account. That should wipe out any payment every month.


14 posted on 03/11/2013 6:50:23 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: TomGuy; ChoobacKY

I’ve heard good things about the TracFone;
How minutes and musings are cut to the bone.

May give it a try before I cry.


15 posted on 03/11/2013 6:51:56 PM PDT by Fester Chugabrew (double trouble, here we come)
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To: Fester Chugabrew

wut?


16 posted on 03/11/2013 6:52:32 PM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature ($1.84 - The price of a gallon of gas on Jan. 20th, 2009.)
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To: Star Traveler
It works great and it’s flat rate . . .

Now you're talkin! errr . . .

17 posted on 03/11/2013 6:53:21 PM PDT by Fester Chugabrew (double trouble, here we come)
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To: Fester Chugabrew

“In all the fine print”

LOL and very true.


18 posted on 03/11/2013 6:55:24 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: mnehring
It appears they randomly call numbers via dialer software.

They should encounter liability. Not me. Not you. Nosiree.

19 posted on 03/11/2013 6:56:47 PM PDT by Fester Chugabrew (double trouble, here we come)
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To: Fester Chugabrew

www.donotcall.gov

You can list up to 3 phones. And it works but not forever like they claim. I need to re-list about every 90 days.


20 posted on 03/11/2013 7:00:50 PM PDT by quintr
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To: Fester Chugabrew
There was a school district from a neighboring state (OH) whose text notification system is on steroids. It was like getting a phone call for every snowflake that threatened to hit the ground (Okay, I hyperbolize) until I emailed their IT guy and those calls stopped pretty much the same day, but why should I have to go through that just to own a phone?

That's interesting. Did you give them the number?

21 posted on 03/11/2013 7:02:10 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: Fester Chugabrew

I think you might be engaging in Tomfoolery here.
Up in your neck of the woods, is it time for more beer


22 posted on 03/11/2013 7:04:28 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: Fester Chugabrew

I would suggest upgrading your plan to include unlimited texting and data. You should be able to do this for less than $200 a month. Then you won’t have to worry about getting whacked with all these piddling charges.


23 posted on 03/11/2013 7:05:45 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: OrangeHoof

Splended suggestions abound from the Hoof,
Who knows to keep pennies way under the roof.
Tell me dear fellow not tender of foot,
Can one stretch the refill beyond one month root?


24 posted on 03/11/2013 7:06:26 PM PDT by Fester Chugabrew (double trouble, here we come)
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To: Fester Chugabrew

Sounds like you got a phone number that had been previously used, getting a new one might help, as may getting on the FTC do not call list.

About Tracfone: In my case, they’d bought a new set of numbers from ATT, and I got an unused one. I get very few bogus calls. When you buy time from them, there’s an expiration date, so you have to keep adding minutes to avoid losing the ones you have. However... at the time I bought the phone, they had something called the Lifeline Value Plan. With that plan, you pay a small monthly charge and your minutes never expire. I got the phone five years ago, bought 20 bucks worth of minutes, then went on the plan. I pay $5.11 a month for my cell phone. Since I make very few calls, I still have some of my original batch of minutes left. It’s been a good deal for me. You pay for both outgoing and incoming voice calls, but can avoid paying for text messages by not opening them.


25 posted on 03/11/2013 7:06:34 PM PDT by ArmstedFragg (hoaxy dopey changey)
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To: Fester Chugabrew
It had been nearly two decades since I owned a cell phone....

Shoulda kept your old phone. I did.

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26 posted on 03/11/2013 7:09:47 PM PDT by umgud
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To: Cyber Liberty

I gave them my number by way of complaint,
But not before texts therefrom did my phone taint.


27 posted on 03/11/2013 7:10:43 PM PDT by Fester Chugabrew (double trouble, here we come)
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To: SamAdams76

Sam Adams, Sam Adams, of Seventy-Six,
You know not the way of the Hamm’s and the Schlitz.


28 posted on 03/11/2013 7:14:08 PM PDT by Fester Chugabrew (double trouble, here we come)
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To: Fester Chugabrew

Scrapping the GoPhone for a real cell phone would be fine
who knows? it might even save you a dime
of course it could cost you a lot more than you save
either way you’re screwed when callers misbehave


29 posted on 03/11/2013 7:15:27 PM PDT by plain talk
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To: Fester Chugabrew

I keep getting pictures sent to my phone from some nice lady who forgot to put her clothes on before she took her own picture. I’ll work with AT&T to get these terrible pic’s stopped just as soon as their customer service number answers my call! I’m only 49,576 inline at this time.


30 posted on 03/11/2013 7:15:43 PM PDT by TaMoDee ( Lassez les bons temps rouler dans les 2013! Geaux, Pack, Geaux!)
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To: Fester Chugabrew

Just checked the Tracfone Lifeline Value Plan I have, and they no longer offer it, probably due to guys like me. Haven’t check what they’re offering to replace it.


31 posted on 03/11/2013 7:18:22 PM PDT by ArmstedFragg (hoaxy dopey changey)
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To: TaMoDee

Now we know who’s got 867-5309.


32 posted on 03/11/2013 7:18:26 PM PDT by Fester Chugabrew (double trouble, here we come)
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To: Fester Chugabrew

Net 10 Wireless for me. You still pay by the minute, but it takes a lot of prank calls to hit your limit...and then only if you answer them. They don’t seem to play the games of Big Phone as I very, very, rarely get spammers and very rarely even get wrong numbers. I once had a Verizon phone and they charged me for each text message (from who knows who). I’m not into that stuff, so I told them to disable it. They said they couldn’t, so I went ahead and disabled them...well, disabled their service, and then moved to Net 10.


33 posted on 03/11/2013 7:20:18 PM PDT by BobL (Look up "CSCOPE" if you want to see something really scary)
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To: Cyber Liberty

The beer in this place with great liberty flows.
What GoPhone bills next only luxury knows.


34 posted on 03/11/2013 7:23:27 PM PDT by Fester Chugabrew (double trouble, here we come)
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To: Fester Chugabrew
if you only want it for emergencies, don't turn it on unless there is one and you won't get the unwanted calls... yes?
35 posted on 03/11/2013 7:24:16 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: umgud

A dialer defiler pops up in our midst,
Who has midget fingers to twiddle and twist.

“Not I,” said the fat man who pokes and pays bills,
“I signed for a cell phone with too many frills.”


36 posted on 03/11/2013 7:27:03 PM PDT by Fester Chugabrew (double trouble, here we come)
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To: Chode

Chode chimes in with with a simple no brainer.
“Turn off the darn thing so it isn’t a drainer.”

I have to admit, of this thought I’d not thunk,
So I’ll turn the thing off now and sit here stone drunk.

Don’t worry. I’m at home.
And I’m not thrunk. I’ve just been thrinking.


37 posted on 03/11/2013 7:35:05 PM PDT by Fester Chugabrew (double trouble, here we come)
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To: Fester Chugabrew
In days of old
When men were bold
And Microbrews weren't invented
They'd dump their Schlitz
Into the ditch
Thus hangovers were prevented
38 posted on 03/11/2013 7:42:59 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: Fester Chugabrew
well done Sir... well done indeed!!!
39 posted on 03/11/2013 7:48:12 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: ArmstedFragg

There one was a fellow named Fragg
Whose cell phone set-up was a drag.
The promise of Life turned to expired strife,
Due to guys of the likes of Sir Fragg.


40 posted on 03/11/2013 7:58:26 PM PDT by Fester Chugabrew (double trouble, here we come)
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To: SamAdams76

Ha! I bet you had something else come to mind to rhyme with “Schlitz.”


41 posted on 03/11/2013 7:59:33 PM PDT by Fester Chugabrew (double trouble, here we come)
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To: SamAdams76

I use straight talk from walmart at $45 per month unlimited talk, text, internet.


42 posted on 03/11/2013 8:59:39 PM PDT by rapture-me
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To: Fester Chugabrew

Ask for another phone number. I got a new phone number once that had belonged to pet babysitting service. You would not believe the amount of phone calls I received. I even found that this number was all over the internet. I asked for another phone number. Problem solved.


43 posted on 03/11/2013 9:26:45 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: Fester Chugabrew

It’s too late to rhyme but, yes, your refill lasts 90 days and longer as long as you spend part of it. You could, in theory, refill $25 every 90 days and last a whole year on $100 total as long as you use some of it each quarter and not so much that you need another refill.


44 posted on 03/11/2013 10:15:35 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (Our economy won't heal until one particular black man is unemployed.)
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To: Fester Chugabrew

I have a tmobile cell with unlimited calling, and in two years have not received a single telemarketing call.


45 posted on 03/11/2013 10:53:56 PM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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