E-mail spam is easy (although I'll admit that so far my phone spam is not nearly so illicit). You get to your spam box when you get to it, and if a message makes it through the spam filters into your inbox, you just delete it with the click of a button. It's not so easy with the telephone, though.
There's always that long pause, right before you hear something like:
Hello, did you know that you can consolidate all of your credit cards onto just one credit card and reduce your monthly payment if you act now? Stay on the line, and an agent will be with you shortly to give you the shaft!I don't think the product they're selling would be good for anyone. Especially someone like me who has no credit card debt.
Hi, this is Lisa, and did you know that your vehicle warranty is about to expire? Please press 1 to renew your warranty.I hope Lisa doesn't work for Echelon, because when I swore into the phone to shut the %^&* up she probably thought I was a terrorist.
My "favorite" prank phone call, however, probably because it's the most common, is the revelation that I have just won an "absolutely free" trip to the Bahamas or someplace if I just wait for the operator to take down my information and "ask a few questions". I actually stayed on the line for that one...once. I think I need to get a new dictionary, by the way, because mine still says that "free" in the economic sense means "without cost".
Sometimes I think it would be easier to just let all phone calls go to the answering machine. But that's really not too nice. Besides, it really bugs me that for some people that I call I always get their answering machine.
Would my life be more peaceful if I got on the "Do Not Call" list? Would it help if I just bit the $6.95-per-month bullet and got caller-id?