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Thursday, December 20, 2007


I think ALL cell phone companies are in cahoots with each other.

Why, you ask?

Have you ever really paid attention to the "menu options" when you call someone and get their voicemail?

*ring, ring, ring*

Uncle Willy's voicemail: "Uh, yeah. Er, you've reached Uncle Willy. I can't come to the phone for some reason or another. Prolly cuz mama needs help gettin' out the tub. Say what you gotta say and I might get back to ya. Later."

Okay, by now, after the 5 rings it takes for the voicemail to pick up, then the long "I can't get to the phone right now" message, about 45 seconds of your life that you won't get back has been taken up.

Then you've got the menu options.....

Computer-generated voice: "To leave a voice message, please press 1, or just wait for the tone. If you'd like to leave a text message, press 2 now. If you'd like to leave a voice message AFTER you leave a text message, press 3. If you'd like to talk to a representative about your wireless plan, press 4."

After all that, you've used about 2 of YOUR minutes, NOT theirs. 2 minutes per the 30+ people in your address book is over 60 minutes gone. So in essence, you COULD be wasting all your daytime minutes leaving voicemail messages for other people, so when you do get someone who picks up, you talk and end up going OVER your minutes and end up owing extra on your bill, times that by the millions of people who now own cell phones and you've got billions of dollars in profit.

See? They're all in cahoots with each other. Cingular/AT&T is paying Sprint/Nextel is paying Verizon and T-Mobile to make you wait to leave a voicemail message so you can go over your minutes and pay them extra.

It's all a conspiracy, I tell ya! A C-O-N-spiracy!


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