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9pm D* telemarketing script readers - not cool

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by flexoffset, Aug 14, 2007.

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  1. gaperrine

    gaperrine AllStar

    Dec 7, 2002
    Dexter MI
    I received a recorded call from D* yesterday. It said I was on their do not call list and was missing out on special offers. They suggested getting off the do not call list so I would not miss any good deals they were offering.

    Calling to let me know I'm on the do not call list - how thoughtful of them.
  2. gizzorge

    gizzorge Legend

    Jul 31, 2007
    I've only had one telemarketing call since I got it in January. It was about a week after my installation, asking me to add premium services. Other than that, no calls!
  3. charlestonemt

    charlestonemt Cool Member

    Aug 9, 2007
    They are not supposed to call after 8PM local time. I used to make cold calls for an insurance company and we had to be really careful that we didn't call after 8. I'm not sure who, but you can report them to someone.
  4. rcoleman111

    rcoleman111 Guest

    Or use an answering machine to screen your calls. It will save you from even having to look at the caller ID info. Telemarketers almost always hang up when they hear the greeting on the answering machine, because they know you aren't going to pick up.
  5. 3rdGenBruin

    3rdGenBruin Mentor

    Oct 24, 2006
    Buy everything they offer :)

    I get all of the channels the offer other than adult channels (sports, movies, etc.) and they never call me.
  6. gmmorrell

    gmmorrell Legend

    Aug 25, 2006
    The government has the do not call list (www.donotcall.gov) which for the most part works great. I highly recommend everyone register asap (unless you are lonely and enjoy talking to telemarketers).

    Being customers, the government dnc list does not apply here. D* can give you a call becuase you are a client of theirs.

    As already suggested, I too simply took a moment to tell them to take me off the call list (rather than just hang up or worse...). I said I'd wait while he made the change. No calls since.:D
  7. dshu82

    dshu82 Icon

    Jul 6, 2007
    Actually it is 9 p.m. local time. Goes for collections or telemarketing calls (manged call centers for years). I recommend what others do, whether at the house or my cell, if you don't recognize the number, don't pick it up. Or, if you are feeling friendly for 30 seconds, pick up and tell them to take you off the list. Under no circumstances should you be called after 9 pm. Happened to me once or twice with other companies, and I immeidately asked for a supervisor so I could explain how the timezones work on the dialer :)
  8. untouchable

    untouchable Legend

    Jun 24, 2006
    You can do what I did and email them telling them that you do not want them to contact you unless absolutely necessary ie; you email them and they need to contact you regarding something, or you call for something and they arrange for someone to call you back. I did this about 3 months ago and the calls stopped. I had to do the same thing with the stupid E* calls too. They were calling me 3+ times a day when I had already registered my number on the do not call list.
  9. flexoffset

    flexoffset Godfather

    Jul 16, 2007
    The Do Not Call list has been very good to me with regard to stopping telemarketing.
    This D* call was among the first I've had in a very, very, very long time.

    I don't have caller ID.
    My wife was expecting a call from someone so I picked up the phone thinking it was her contact. I usually let the machine get it. I'm not a phone talker.

    All this time with no harrassing calls has made me rusty.
    I need to brush up on my rudeness techniques.
  10. damjr

    damjr AllStar

    Mar 10, 2004

    You are correct and I think they can only call up to 6 months after initial sale.
  11. GordonT

    GordonT Legend

    Apr 17, 2007
    I use this technique with an additional twist. My answering machine message goes something like this:
    "This is (my name). I'm sorry I can't come to the phone right now, but I'd really like to return your call, so please wait until the tone and leave your message and I'll call you back as soon as I can; unless of course, you're selling something in which case you should probably hang up now.:hurah:

    I have had many messages where friends and acquaintences were still laughing when they recorded their messages.
  12. HDTVFanAtic

    HDTVFanAtic Banned User

    Jul 23, 2005
    You buy a service from them every month - so the clock would reset monthly if that were true.

    However, again, I do believe Directv will allow you to opt out if you request.
  13. purtman

    purtman Hall Of Fame

    Sep 19, 2006
    I have my name on the do-not-call list. It doesn't always work. However, when somebody calls and says "Are you so-and-so?" I always respond, "You mean the one on the do-not-call list? Yes, I am."

    I had another one call and say, 'Did you know that mortgage interest rates are at an all-time low?" I said, "You're right. I have no interest at all." The guy laughed and wished me a good night.
  14. Ken S

    Ken S RIP

    Feb 12, 2007
    DirecTV has a rather tawdry history when it comes to telemarketing. If I remember correctly they were fined over $5 million for not abiding by the do not call laws.
  15. CCarncross

    CCarncross Hall Of Fame

    Jul 19, 2005
    Them and a bunch of others gt fined for the same thing. If you recall, it wasnt D* directly, but some sappy group they hired to do it, and they paid the price for it.
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