Unlisted cell phone calls, possibly automated marketing.
February 4, 2010 12:28 AM Subscribe
A friend keeps getting repeated calls from an unlisted number, no one answers when she picks up. What can be done to stop the calls besides changing phone nuber?
posted by Mayhembob to technology (14 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The call shows up as "Call" or sometimes as a gibberish number like 123456789. When she picks up and says "hello" she hears music or typing. When she doesn't say anything she sometimes hears someone say "hello? hello?" (~10% of the time). The calls come at any time of the night or day, even at 4am. Usually get multiple calls in a row in the space of 10 mins or so. This is on a cell phone, carrier is AT&T.
My theory was that this was an automated marketing thing, because I used to get this on a land line. However, it was never as frequent and not at such inconvenient hours. Another friend suggested it might be a glitch in the software of whatever system is making the calls. The fact that someone sometimes answers "hello?" is also confusing.
She is considering changing her phone number to stop the calls, but that is a huge inconvenience. She called AT&T and they said they could not do anything if the number of the caller did not show up. She signed up for the "do not call" list. Is there any way to stop the calls without changing numbers?