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Re: Unanswered Calls to Cell Phones?

DevilsPGD (
Mon, 26 Dec 2005 16:54:58 -0700

In message <> DevilsPGD
<> wrote:

> In message <>
> wrote:

>> If you call a cellphone (without voicemail) and it doesn't answer,
>> after a few rings an intercept recording will come on and tell you the
>> party is not available and terminate the call.

>> When you reach that recording, is that call chargeable? I don't think
>> it should be since it was unanswered, but my experience is that one
>> does get charged.

> In general, it's not chargeable. However, some systems get "confused"
> (intentionally misbill, since the consumer probably won't notice, and
> the company need only refund the amount of the overcharge, so there is
> little risk.)

> (TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: However, considering that a cell phone
> is normally always within its owner's reach (a holster fastened to
> your trousers, in your purse, in a holder near the driver of an
> automobile, etc) it would seem very odd that it had to ring more than
> three or four times, at best, unanswered. PAT]

Good theory, but a lot of people don't have their cell phones glued to
them 24/7 (I do, but most of my family does not)

In message <> Anthony Bellanga
<> wrote:

> And using a calling card from a payphone can be significant these
> days since the payphone owner can now "legally" extort huge charges
> from the long distance carrier or card provider, who will then extort
> those surcharges from us.

No extortion involved. If someone held a gun to your head or
otherwise forced you to use the payphone, it would be extortion.

Since you choose to use a payphone, you choose to absorb that cost. A
cost, which is regulated, and which helps telcos continue to run pay
phones at all, since they're not generally considered profitable
anymore, at least around here.

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