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#1 Post by OFSO » Wed Feb 13, 2019 6:17 pm

Just a mention: since our hard-wired landline was replaced by a 4G box feeding our private house network, we have not received a single spamscam call offering to help us with non-existent computer problems. The new number is on the national network and anyone can call it but so far, so (it's not really Microsoft) good.

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#2 Post by Boac » Wed Feb 13, 2019 7:33 pm

I suspect the duller crims use the BT phonebook to locate 'victims', but the smarter ones just generate random numbers.

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#3 Post by Pontius Navigator » Wed Feb 13, 2019 8:47 pm

Do phone books exist today? For a start the geographical coverage is not large and many people use mobiles without directory. Whenever we need to provide a phone number people expect a mobile number.

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#4 Post by Capetonian » Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:14 pm

The Cape Town residential phone book has shrunk over the years from about an inch thick to about a quarter of that. A lot of people don't have landlines and of those who do, many are not listed.
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#5 Post by G-CPTN » Wed Feb 13, 2019 10:57 pm

I believe that British telephone directories list British Telecom subscribers, so that when people migrate to other suppliers their entry is deleted.

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#6 Post by ExSp33db1rd » Thu Feb 14, 2019 12:56 am

Mrs. ExS tried to make a booking with a new medical ( Opthalmic) service yesterday. Name. DoB, name of Grandmother's second dog etc. then Mobile No. ? I don't have one, my landline number is ..... How do you mean you don't have a Mobile No, must have a Mobile No. Ended up them refusing her business.

I suggested that perhaps they needed her money more than we need their services ?

What law says you must have any sort of telephone ?

And yes, how does one find numbers now that Directories are on the way out, does one have to join Farcebook and "befriend" everybody ?

World's gone mad.

P.s. My parents had no phone in he house until after I had left home for the RAF, aged 21. We survived, and grew up. If I wanted to meet my mates I used to go around to their house, and ask if Fred could come out to play today.

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#7 Post by Slasher » Thu Feb 14, 2019 2:34 am

We always keep the steam driven landline phone active in case of a total area-wide lecky failure. This has happened twice during our tenure here. Doesn't cost much (about US5 pm) to run the line anyway.
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#8 Post by ExSp33db1rd » Thu Feb 14, 2019 2:53 am

We always keep the steam driven landline phone active in case of a total area-wide lecky failure.
Yes, even do that for our landline eqpt. Usually use cordless, portable handsets, around the house, but theyy go t*ts up when we get a - frequent - power failure, so have one permanently wired into the wall, usually only used to ring the power co. and say " So what the f**k is it this time ? "

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#9 Post by llondel » Thu Feb 14, 2019 3:15 am

Cold callers, scammers and debt collectors, plus the political nonsense, are all combining to make a phone more of an annoyance than a useful tool now. I use mine as a mobile data terminal, I rarely actually speak into it.

I keep a landline as a magnet for such idiots, who get to talk to the answering machine and rarely leave a message, then get blocked for failing (and sometimes even if they do). Makes life easier when someone really wants a phone number.

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#10 Post by 4mastacker » Fri Feb 15, 2019 9:52 pm

I can't think of the last time we looked up a number in the phone book. It's certainly getting thinner with each new issue.

We've got that 'call block' thingy on our landline so if an unrecognised number calls, it switches straight to answerphone. If the call is important, the caller will leave a message. Invariably they don't.
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#11 Post by Boac » Sat Feb 16, 2019 8:42 am

PN wrote:Do phone books exist today?
"Are you a BT customer?
O Yes
O No
Is your book damaged or faulty (e.g. pages missing, unreadable print or damaged when delivered)?
O Yes
O No

Please emaildirectory.products@bt.com or call0800 833400 Option 1"


Since I have not been a victim of BT for several years now, all my spam calls are either originated by random dialling or by the 'sale' of telephone number lists.

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#12 Post by OFSO » Sun Feb 17, 2019 6:29 pm

Don't even use the smart phone as a 'phone'. All voice and video calls are now made on WhatsApp, just tapping the icon on the phone home screen for the person wanted. Phone number ? What's that ?

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