A Conversation for Telephone Preference Service (TPS)

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Post 1

The Cow

I take it you've had problems with them, then.
How do you get in contact with the TPS? I feel this is an important addition to the entry.

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Post 2


This is a very important addition needed. Tho' BT will take your name from the lists of names, numbers et al. that they sell, for free ( as they should, whinging about profits, still making over £50 a SECOND, bassa's) Another thing is to tell the caller that you don't own your house smiley - smileyThat stops 95% of calls, companies are just not intrested in the disposessed :
BCNU - Crescent

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Post 3

Dinsdale Piranha

In the UK. I got my number registered with them by ringing 0845 070 0707 and following the instructions.

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Post 4

Caveman, Evil Unix Sysadmin, betting shop operative, and SuDoku addict (Its an odd mix, but someone has to do it)

Cable & Wireless (not so sure about BT and others) allow you to block anonymous callers. Unknown number, international, and identified calls get through, but people that deliberately withold their number are told:

"The person you are calling does not accept anonymous calls. Please redial without witholding your number'.

However, it _doesnt_ say how you are supposed to not withold your number if you are number-witheld by default. The answer is to dial 1470 on the front of a telephone number, which acts as the opposite to 141. I.e. it releases your number for one call only.

Seeing as I mainly use the line for dialup IP, and get most other calls on the mobile, I took up the service as soon as it was available. However, trying to persuade the average C&W operative that it is a service that they do offer, and that they also offer it free of charge is a challenge.

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Post 5

Caveman, Evil Unix Sysadmin, betting shop operative, and SuDoku addict (Its an odd mix, but someone has to do it)

Talking about 'the average telephone operative', how often do you get the impression that telephone salespeople are reading from a long script. Have you had the one which was apparently done on a typewriter with no punctuation keys?

I asked one caller once how long their script was, so I knew if I could make a cup of tea while they went through their spiel or not. Sadly most of the people doing the cold calling are underpaid youngsters earning below minimum wage.

Next time you see a sales job advertised as 'no cold calling', you can bet that cold calling happens, but it's just not the sales staff who do it.

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