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Getting Calls From Business With Same Number: Suggestions, Please?

Discussion in 'alt.cellular.verizon' started by Bob, Dec 6, 2010.

  1. Bob

    Bob Guest

    Hello,

    Have a problem.

    It seems my cel phone number is identical to a business's one, other
    than the area codes, which are different.

    Getting lots of his calls from folks who apparently don't know how to
    use an area code.

    Anyway, would be most appreciative for any suggestions on how to handle
    this.

    Do I just call Verizon and complain ?

    Or, ask them for a new cell phone number

    Or,...?

    Not too sharp with this cel phone "stuff," and would be appreciative for
    any and all suggestions.

    In the past, for me, Verizon hasn't been the easiest to deal with re any
    problems, so would like to know what to exactly ask them to do before
    calling. Also, will they delete my charges for these calls, if
    requested by me ?

    Thanks,
    Bob
     



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  2. Average Joe

    Average Joe Guest

    On 12/6/10 4:05 PM, Bob wrote:
    > Hello,
    >
    > Have a problem.
    >
    > It seems my cel phone number is identical to a business's one, other
    > than the area codes, which are different.
    >
    > Getting lots of his calls from folks who apparently don't know how to
    > use an area code.
    >
    > Anyway, would be most appreciative for any suggestions on how to handle
    > this.
    >
    > Do I just call Verizon and complain ?
    >
    > Or, ask them for a new cell phone number
    >
    > Or,...?
    >
    > Not too sharp with this cel phone "stuff," and would be appreciative for
    > any and all suggestions.
    >
    > In the past, for me, Verizon hasn't been the easiest to deal with re any
    > problems, so would like to know what to exactly ask them to do before
    > calling. Also, will they delete my charges for these calls, if requested
    > by me ?
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Bob


    If you're not married to the number, I'd ask Verizon for a new one.
     
  3. Re: Getting Calls From Business With Same Number: Suggestions, Please ?

    In article <idjj71$o1j$1@news.eternal-september.org>,
    Bob <rgsros@notme.invalid> wrote:

    > It seems my cel phone number is identical to a business's one, other
    > than the area codes, which are different.


    Bob-

    Verizon may be more reasonable, but Sprint isn't sympathetic to wrong
    numbers. Your best solution may be a new number.

    Are most of these calls coming from an area code where you normally
    don't receive calls? You might just not answer calls from that area
    code, and record a message for your voice mail that would make it
    obvious if someone had a wrong number.

    Fred
     
  4. Fred

    Fred Guest

    Re: Getting Calls From Business With Same Number: Suggestions, Please ?

    Bob <rgsros@notme.invalid> wrote in news:idjj71$o1j$1@news.eternal-
    september.org:

    > Or, ask them for a new cell phone number
    >


    If you're gonna get a new number, why not solve the whole Verizon problem
    at once?

    http://www.pagepluscellular.com/

    Same towers, same nationwide coverage, same voicemail system, at a fraction
    of the Verizon pig's prices.

    http://nordicgroup.us/prepaid/pageplus.html

    .......and stop paying for hours of sellphone calls you never use.....
     
  5. mikeyhsd

    mikeyhsd Guest

    Re: Getting Calls From Business With Same Number: Suggestions, Please ?

    ?had that problem In vegas, my number was the same as an airline but theirs was 800.

    after several weeks of telling people who mis-dialed that the air lines was closed because of too many
    crashes, the air lines decided to fix their problem.


    mikeyshd



    "Bob" <rgsros@notme.invalid> wrote in message news:idjj71$o1j$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    Hello,

    Have a problem.

    It seems my cel phone number is identical to a business's one, other
    than the area codes, which are different.

    Getting lots of his calls from folks who apparently don't know how to
    use an area code.

    Anyway, would be most appreciative for any suggestions on how to handle
    this.

    Do I just call Verizon and complain ?

    Or, ask them for a new cell phone number

    Or,...?

    Not too sharp with this cel phone "stuff," and would be appreciative for
    any and all suggestions.

    In the past, for me, Verizon hasn't been the easiest to deal with re any
    problems, so would like to know what to exactly ask them to do before
    calling. Also, will they delete my charges for these calls, if
    requested by me ?

    Thanks,
    Bob
     
  6. Justin

    Justin Guest

    Re: Getting Calls From Business With Same Number: Suggestions,Please ?

    Fred wrote on [Mon, 06 Dec 2010 23:11:48 +0000]:
    > Bob <rgsros@notme.invalid> wrote in news:idjj71$o1j$1@news.eternal-
    > september.org:
    >
    >> Or, ask them for a new cell phone number
    >>

    >
    > If you're gonna get a new number, why not solve the whole Verizon problem
    > at once?
    >
    > http://www.pagepluscellular.com/
    >
    > Same towers, same nationwide coverage, same voicemail system, at a fraction
    > of the Verizon pig's prices.


    Unless of course you want data
     
  7. On 12/6/2010 4:05 PM, Bob wrote:
    > Hello,
    >
    > Have a problem.
    >
    > It seems my cel phone number is identical to a business's one, other
    > than the area codes, which are different.
    >
    > Getting lots of his calls from folks who apparently don't know how to
    > use an area code.
    >
    > Anyway, would be most appreciative for any suggestions on how to handle
    > this.
    >
    > Do I just call Verizon and complain ?


    You would probably be wasting your time. Verizon is as helpless in the
    face of idiocy as the rest of us.
    >
    > Or, ask them for a new cell phone number
    >
    > Or,...?
    >
    > Not too sharp with this cel phone "stuff," and would be appreciative for
    > any and all suggestions.
    >
    > In the past, for me, Verizon hasn't been the easiest to deal with re any
    > problems, so would like to know what to exactly ask them to do before
    > calling. Also, will they delete my charges for these calls, if requested
    > by me ?
    >


    Are you actually being charged for *incoming* calls?
     
  8. Steve Sobol

    Steve Sobol Guest

    Re: Getting Calls From Business With Same Number: Suggestions, Please ?

    In article <VPednXfOOpnY5WDRnZ2dnUVZ_r-dnZ2d@giganews.com>,
    mikeyhsd@hotmail.com says...
    >
    > ?had that problem In vegas, my number was the same as an airline but theirs was 800.


    >
    > after several weeks of telling people who mis-dialed that the air lines was closed because of too many
    > crashes, the air lines decided to fix their problem.


    That is evil, hilarious and absolutely awesome. :)

    I had a phone number that was apparently one digit different from a
    French-language customer service line for Revenue Canada, the Canadian
    federal tax collection agency (much like our IRS).

    I used to get some nasty voice mail messages from morons who thought I
    could help them even though:

    a) nowhere in my voicemail greeting did I say they'd reached Revenue
    Canada

    b) I was only speaking English, and did not even give them the option to
    speak to someone in French



    --
    Steve Sobol - Programming/Web Dev/IT Support
    Apple Valley, CA
    sjsobol@JustThe.net
     
  9. Re: Getting Calls From Business With Same Number: Suggestions, Please ?

    On Mon, 06 Dec 2010 16:05:34 -0500, Bob <rgsros@notme.invalid> wrote:

    >Do I just call Verizon and complain ?
    >
    >Or, ask them for a new cell phone number


    If you complain to VZW, a number change is the only option they're
    going to offer you, so you might as well just go that route.
     
  10. Fred

    Fred Guest

    Re: Getting Calls From Business With Same Number: Suggestions, Please ?

    Steve Sobol <sjsobol@JustThe.net> wrote in
    news:MPG.27674010b2e9f375989681@news.justthe.net:

    > I had a phone number that was apparently one digit different from a
    > French-language customer service line for Revenue Canada, the Canadian
    > federal tax collection agency (much like our IRS).
    >


    My London, UK, Skype In number is one digit off a busy pub. I get to
    talk to some interesting people and wouldn't change a thing. I always
    answer the number as the pub and my English friends know it. "Is that
    rat Ian there?", she asks. "No, he left with some bird 20 minutes ago."
    She smells me as another rat, like Ian, because of my Southern US accent.
    Then, she is horrified she has dialed South Carolina by mistake, because
    BT charges about the same to call the USA as a new house would cost her
    on the Thames. After I've calmed her down from that horrible thought,
    they'll usually talk for quite some time, most curious about where I am
    and why I have a UK phone number. Ian, off the hook and probably
    forgotten, she's much happier after our little chat. If I ever go to
    London, I'm going to the pub and expect a few rounds for all the good
    things I did for the patrons, especially Ian and his extramarital
    relations....(c;]
     

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