|Some of our telephones soon to find a home at a local thrift store|
Today I made a decision that I have been mulling over for years, I got rid of my landline.
Folks, this wasn't an easy decision. But I had to make it. 99.8% of the calls I receive on my landline were from telemarketers ("Credit Card Services of America - "this is your last chance!"), charities (American Cancer Society, Fraternal Order of Police, et al)l and political robo calls.
|Telemarketers, the bane of our existence in our modern day society|
You ask "Weren't you on the Do Not Call List?" Of course. But as you know folks (and I'm sure most of you are also on it),
Folks, I have lost count of the thousands of times I have answered the phone at around 6:00 PM only to hear a "Click!". That's a computer checking to make sure someone is at home so the telemarketer can call later.
|The solution, REMOVE THE PHONE|
How many times have I received phone calls from "Credit Card Services of America" informing me this was the LAST time they were offering me the "opportunity" to switch my credit card balances to their scam company. I push the "0" button on my phone to get a live person only to have them hang up on me when I ask them to take me off of their calling list. Countless times folks, countless times. But no more.
Then there are all the calls from the charities. The deep voiced man calling from the Fraternal Order of Police (always a "butch" voice when THE POLICE call - which by the way isn't THE POLICE but a company that takes up to 97% of the funds they raise for themselves, giving the FOP only about 3%).
Oh, and I almost forgot. There are the calls incoming me "You have been chosen . . . . " or "You have won!" Yeah, right.
Yesterday I received a call from the American Cancer Society (another regular) and the FOP. The FOP call was the one that did it. I told Mr. Deep Voice "That's it. I'm done."
Last year I called Verizon to cancel my service for which I was paying $59.99 a month. They offered to reduce my rate to $30 a month, which in my weakness (and lifelong habit of having a landline) accepted. However, during the last year the only calls I received on my landline that were legitimate were from the VA (Veteran's Administration) reminding me and Bill of our appointments. I called the VA this morning and gave them my cell phone.
So how do I feel now not having a "regular phone" in the house? I have to admit I feel nervous but on the other hand, it sure was nice not to hear my phone ring at 6 o'clock this evening like it does almost every evening.
By the way, I think I got a lot of those calls because I have contributed to political campaigns in the past. And they sell those phone numbers. That's why I was receiving so many phone calls.
Now moving forward I will no longer give to any political campaign no matter how worthy (sorry Donald). And I will not give out my phone number except to our doctors. And I'm even leary of that because I suspect they sell my phone number too.
Folks, I have to tell you that it was a great relief not to hear that phone ring tonight. Ah, peace and quiet.
Ernestine, I am in charge now.