There are still places that will sell you an 800 or other toll-free number, and I have to believe that the proprietors are desperate to move these things, since the entire long-distance market is about to become obsolete, thanks to cell phones and VoIP. Besides, any time I see such a number on Caller ID, I know it’s a waste of time even to pick up the phone.

So when the new industrial-strength blocking device comes in, rather than force everyone to get an ID to call me, I’m simply going to block every single toll-free number in North America, be it 800, 888, 877 or 866. The machine can handle 175 database entries; this procedure will use up only four, leaving me plenty for future use.


  1. Dan »

    4 January 2007 · 12:48 am

    That’s just because he hasn’t given me his number. ;-)

  2. Heather »

    4 January 2007 · 8:33 am

    I loved how the phone company gave everyone my new number then wanted to charge me for a service to block all of the telemarketers that started calling immediately after we set up our phone. All I have now is caller i.d. if I don’t know you, I’m not answering.

    My question is who buys all this stuff these people are pushing? Someone must be for these companies to continue to pay people to call me.

  3. Mister Snitch! »

    5 January 2007 · 12:40 am

    It used to be such a big f·cking deal to have a 212 area code around here, like you came over on the Mayflower or something. Now that everyone’s ‘real’ number is a cell, and almost none of the cells are 212, it hardly matters anymore.

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