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The Telecom Digest for July 19, 2012
Volume 31 : Issue 175 : "text" Format
Messages in this Issue:
How do I get a specific toll-free number (rossman)
Re: How do I get a specific toll-free number (John Levine)
Robocalls on the upswing: FTC on the hunt for Rachel and company (Monty Solomon)

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Date: Wed, 18 Jul 2012 15:18:50 -0700 (PDT) From: rossman <rossgoldstein01@gmail.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: How do I get a specific toll-free number Message-ID: <8d5b2ecc-8759-4119-9cf2-c7cb2967e8cf@googlegroups.com> I have a specific 7-digit number I want to "own", with no preference for the prefix (800, 888, 877, whatever). Anyone have experience with securing a specific number? Thank you!
Date: 19 Jul 2012 04:02:39 -0000 From: "John Levine" <johnl@iecc.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: How do I get a specific toll-free number Message-ID: <20120719040239.56467.qmail@joyce.lan> In article <8d5b2ecc-8759-4119-9cf2-c7cb2967e8cf@googlegroups.com> you write: >I have a specific 7-digit number I want to "own", with no preference for >the prefix (800, 888, 877, whatever). Anyone have experience with >securing a specific number? Thank you! To save time, call 800-number, 888-number, 877-number, 866-number, and 855-number. With any luck, one of them will go to a reorder so you can just contact your favorite toll-free vendor and ask them to get it for you. More likely, they'll all be taken, in which case you have to negotiate with one of the current owners to see if they're willing to sell it to you. R's, John
Date: Wed, 18 Jul 2012 09:05:14 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Robocalls on the upswing: FTC on the hunt for Rachel and company Message-ID: <p06240841cc2c64c43edc@[]> Robocalls on the upswing: FTC on the hunt for Rachel and company Posted by Mitch Lipka July 17, 2012 If you've been getting peppered lately with a lot of computer-generated telephone solicitations, you're not alone. These pre-recorded "robocalls" are on the upswing and the Federal Trade Commission is trying to arrest this annoying trend --again.. The agency stopped a massive calling operation a couple of years ago, which appeared to have slowed these calls pitching everything from lower interest rates to auto warranties. But relief proved to be short-lived and now, even the infamous "Rachel from Cardholder Services" - the recorded woman's voice attached to so many millions of these calls - is back in a big way. She, or at least her robotic likeness, has called me a half-dozen times in the past couple of weeks alone. The FTC blames technology in the hands of people who disregard the law. Robocalls can be made by the millions and no one even has to pause to take a breath since the calls are computer-generated. ... http://www.boston.com/business/personalfinance/consumeralert/2012/07/robocalls_on_the_upswing_ftc_o.html
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