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Friday, July 31, 2009

Take Back the Beep

We’re getting hooped big time by our cell phone carriers…to the tune of almost $1 billion a year.

Haven’t you been frustrated by those annoying, un-bypass-able cold-woman-voice instructions for the last DECADE?

Me too.  And so has David Pogue of the New York Times.  He’s started a ‘Take Back the Beep’ Campaign that you can get more information on here.  He’s exposed the fact that they are mostly forcing us to listen to those annoying messages for profit:

“At the tone, please record your message. When you have finished recording, you may hang up, or press 1 for more options. To leave a callback number, press 5. (Beep)”.

These messages, and similar ones when you check your voicemail, eat up your plan minutes on most carriers (I’m on Rogers in Canada and I don’t pay to check my voicemail, but I hear this whenever leaving a message for someone else).

In just a few short hours he managed to get significant attention from the likes of AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile (who’s original response was just to delete all forum messages).

On average, you will listen to THREE HOURS of these messages each year.  Or, you can take back the beep.

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