Re: TCPA applies
It's the Pay As You Go folks that will really suffer from this shit.
Companies like Tr@cphone charge to answer an incoming call, to initiate an outgoing call, then charge by the full minute (rounded up) to listen to the caller or talk to the called. They ALSO charge to check your voice mail, plus a by the full minute (rounded up) charge to listen to them.
So what if the caller goes straight to VM, it'll still cost the recipient real money to check the VM, listen to the spam, & then angrily delete the crap before hanging up.
If your advertising costs me money then don't be surprised if I send you the bill. If I had a Tr@cphone & had to pay to even listen to my VM, I'd be incandescent at some fekkin spammer costing me a months worth of air time in a day or two of emptying all the crap VMs.
I agree with the poster that wanted to add Pai's numbers to such spammers lists, but then I also agree with the one that involved direct nuclear strikes to the location that placed the call, the people that benefit from the call, the people that caused the call to be made, the people that ordered the call to be made, & everyone else in the chain that ended up costing me money.
"But it doesn't ring their phone! It shouldn't count as a call!" Bullshit. You HOPE it doesn't, but you don't know that - maybe my VM was full & it auto shunted the call back to the ring; maybe the caller doesn't HAVE voice mail & thus your "send it to vm tone" doesn't work; maybe you messed up & my phone rang anyway; it all boils down to you dialed my number & the phone company connected your call attempt, so that makes it a phone call by definition.
"But nobody pays to check their voice mail!" Also bullshit. Pay As You Go subscribers do *exactly* that, so your call costs them money.
"But they can just delete the voice mail if they don't like it!" Fuck you. You're wasting our time to do something we shouldn't be forced to do in the first place. If you spam my email then the filters can block, auto delete, or filter on various criteria to aid me in dealing with the load. Until such capabilities are readily & freely available to the VM user, then all those spammy VM do nothing but clog up the box, waste space, & prevent others from leaving legit messages.
Every bullshit excuse you try to use to justify your direct to VM plan we can counter with a swift kick in the balls. You keep makin' 'em & we'll keep kickin' 'em!