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Goodbye Directv. And your bad telemarketing practices don't help

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by macca, Jan 5, 2010.

  1. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    This is only for "inquiries". Normal business transactions earn them an 18 month exemption.
  2. william8004

    william8004 Legend

    Oct 6, 2006
    All I need to get is Disney, Noggin, and GSN (according to the Boss) and I'd be gone with OTA.
  3. darman

    darman AllStar

    Sep 24, 2007
    Google Voice works well for these situations. Selective voicemail messages.
  4. David MacLeod

    David MacLeod New Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    unfortunately google voice only has #'s for maine that are all long distance for me and all my family members. have one I can use with cell, but until it gets into my zone its not really useful.
  5. BKC

    BKC Icon

    Dec 12, 2007
    Don't blow a whistle in their ear.......
  6. dtremain

    dtremain AllStar

    Mar 3, 2004
    :(I hate it when I have to be realistic.

    1) You cannot be placed on the "do not call" list with a company with whom you have already done business. That is explicit in the law.

    2) If channels were ala carte, as you suggest, the service would be much more expensive for you and everyone else. The cost of carrying channels would be far higher to Directv than it is if they could not guarantee that their subscriber base would at least have access to all the channels.

    I hope this helps clear things up.
  7. DishCSR

    DishCSR Godfather

    Jan 14, 2004
  8. hilmar2k

    hilmar2k Hall Of Fame

    Mar 18, 2007
    So very wrong....

  9. BKC

    BKC Icon

    Dec 12, 2007
  10. raoul5788

    raoul5788 Guest

    May 13, 2006
    If I have the time, I keep them on the line as long as I can. Tell them anything you think they want to hear: "Sure, I would love to get new windows! How many do I have to buy to get a discount?" After five or ten minutes they might figure out that you aren't going to buy anything and get all pissed off! Now that's some fun! Get them at their own game!
  11. VaJim

    VaJim Godfather

    Jul 26, 2006
    ...I love it....:lol::lol:
  12. Capmeister

    Capmeister Large Hairless ApeCutting Edge: ECHELON '08

    Sep 16, 2003
    I'd like to note that I helped pay my rent in college by working for a newspaper as a telemarketer and a telemarketing supervisor later. ;) But this was when telemarketers were far less ubiquitous.
  13. raoul5788

    raoul5788 Guest

    May 13, 2006
    Yeah, only now they seem to be everywhere!:eek2:
  14. gitarzan

    gitarzan Godfather

    Dec 31, 2005
    After a couple of those calls I would.... Tell them I will be right back and lay the phone down. Repeat every few minutes. Write back and let us know how you did.
  15. djwww98

    djwww98 Godfather

    Jan 11, 2006
    "...their bad telemarketing practices..." Are there "good" telemarketing practices?
    Wow. You answer every time they call, try to engage them in conversation, and act annoyed about it. Why would you even answer the phone? Why would you not tell them to take you off their call list?
    Put yourself on the national no call list.
    Anybody else that calls, do not engage in conversation, do not wait for an appropriate time to talk, do not try to be "polite", just say "take me off your call list" and hang up. Telemarketer scum do not, in any way shape or form, require or deserve any form of politeness or normal, appropriate human conversation convention. I've tried to explain this to my Mother. She constantly complains about telemarketers, yet she invariably answers the phone every time it rings like it's going to be something really important, and listens to whatever they are saying. I ask her why and she says it would be rude to interupt. I ask her why she doesn't just hang up, she says it would be rude. :nono2: I put her on the no call list, but beyond that, not much I can do.
    If you are annoyed by telemarketer scum, it's mostly because you enable it.
  16. dubber deux

    dubber deux Icon

    Mar 7, 2009
    Ding ding ding!!!!!!

    I've done this for years! It might take a couple of times wasting their time and toll free watts line but it eventually gets them to go away. It's pretty amusing to ask them all kinds of nonsensical questions which take lots of time to answer as well. Then after say 35 or 40 minutes I say I've decided I'm not interested..You get all kinds of reactions I've had one or two zombies lose it and swear at me after which I contact the company management and usually get something nice for free as well.!!!!!!!
  17. fl panthers

    fl panthers Legend

    Sep 18, 2007
    phone rang w/ a listed # from arizona and had a guy get mad when I said I'm not intersted and hung up, call back 10 sec later from a unlisted# and tell me how great my wife s**** d*** and that she said mine was to small and hung up like I would never figure out who it was.1st i laughed my butt off(He must be having a bad day) and then I called him back on the first # he called me from and I heard him crap himself when I told him I was going to report him to the pheonix police dept.He asked who this was and I replied,you should know you called me 2 times in the last 2 min,he said it must have been 1 of his people and he assured me it would not happen again.I told him it would not because I wa now recording this phone call.Never heard from that # again:nono:
  18. ThomasM

    ThomasM RF Engineer

    Jul 20, 2007
    Milwaukee, WI
    They make this really cool little box you connect to your phone line.

    When the phone rings and you notice "out of area", "anonymous", or an 800 number you don't recognize, you press a button on the box. It answers the phone and plays three tones and then a message saying "the number you have dialed has been disconnected".

    Telemarketer's automated dialers are programmed to detect those three tones and when it hears them it instantly removes your number from it's dialing lists!!

    Just hanging up, not answering, or letting the voicemail/answering machine take the call is also detected and it just tells the machine to call back again and again until a live person answers.
  19. Jason Whiddon

    Jason Whiddon Hall Of Fame

    Aug 17, 2006
    When I canceled Directv awhile back, I started getting an offer mailer almost every week. Annoying.
  20. stephenC

    stephenC Legend

    Jul 18, 2007
    Thinly veiled re-direction to a D* alternative product. Note the low post count on the OP. Complains about D* and how he/she left for only OTA service. Lets a few comments get posted and then drops this bomb. No link, just a reference to a service. Of course, I fell for it. This other service appears to be vaporware, but what better place to garner a group of your target customer (ex-satellite or cable customers). I love competition. I don't like marketers trying to play us for chumps.

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