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Topic # 105837 12-Jul-2012 08:50 Send private message

So yesterday I got a new VoIP number, it's a number thats consecutive all the way through, all 7 digits the same. Interestingly after enabling it at 5pm last night, I received 9 different calls from different numbers where it's been babys talking googoo gaagaa and pushing digits & one that sounded like it was eathing the mouth piece. I've had my first call already this morning 8:39am, another baby.

Some of them I've called back and the parent has answered and said, ohh sorry my grandchild or baby was playing with the phone.

I'm interested to know, do you let your baby play with the cordless or fixed line?

I'm tempted to teach them how to swear or perhaps play a loud screeching noise down the line to give them a fright and make them cry. Or call the parents back and say that the child has called 111 what is their emergency!




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  Reply # 654309 12-Jul-2012 08:57 Send private message

"perhaps play a loud screeching noise down the line to give them a fright and make them cry. "


how about not being a giant douche about it?



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  Reply # 654316 12-Jul-2012 09:04 Send private message

Ok, I may have taken it a little too far saying I'd make them cry, it did seem like a funny idea in the back of my head though. But seriously, is a phone a toy, I wonder how many calls 111 get because babys are munching on the phone!




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  Reply # 654320 12-Jul-2012 09:08 Send private message

And why did you choose a number thats all the same ? Its just asking for trouble :)




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  Reply # 654323 12-Jul-2012 09:17 Send private message

icepicknz: I'm tempted to teach them how to swear or perhaps play a loud screeching noise down the line to give them a fright and make them cry.


Please don't. The child is innocent in this. Do whatever you like to the parents though!


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  Reply # 654332 12-Jul-2012 09:30 Send private message

The best solution seems to be change the phone number - otherwise you may get these calls daily forever!!!

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  Reply # 654335 12-Jul-2012 09:35 Send private message

I have replaced a couple of cellphone which died from moisture damage because the client let their rugrat gum on it.

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  Reply # 654354 12-Jul-2012 09:59 Send private message

Umm.. We at Work have 444 4444..

I just had a baby call me.. :-) (Yes I am serious)



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  Reply # 654369 12-Jul-2012 10:14 Send private message

Kraven:
icepicknz: I'm tempted to teach them how to swear or perhaps play a loud screeching noise down the line to give them a fright and make them cry.


Please don't. The child is innocent in this. Do whatever you like to the parents though!



Love it :)




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  Reply # 654376 12-Jul-2012 10:26 Send private message

Clearly there's a market out there for these callers. You just need to find how to make it a business proposition..... :-)
Divert the called number to an 0900 one perhaps. ;-)


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  Reply # 654382 12-Jul-2012 10:40 Send private message

I wonder if the same parents that let their kids play on the phone also let them play with the 230V sockets and a fork?  Toys are toys and tools are tools and shouldn't be mixed up.

The one bright side is they'll most likely end up with a few stray tolls calls billed to their account hopefully to 0900 numbers. 

Had a friend once who had a stray toll call and tried to tell me that it didn't come from their phone. I worked for Telecom as a Telephone Tech maintaining the switching equipment and knew how the STD system worked and told them the call had to come from their phone. They insisted that it didn't and were intending to dispute the call with Telecom. I explained otherwise and eventually they accepted the fact it came from their phone.  It turned out No 1 daughter had been playing on the phone much to their embarrassment.  It never happened again.




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  Reply # 654394 12-Jul-2012 10:53 Send private message

15 calls and counting this morning :)

I may send the number to an IVR, dont kick my dog! :)




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  Reply # 654491 12-Jul-2012 13:05 Send private message

You have to admit this is a pretty funny problem to have.

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  Reply # 654505 12-Jul-2012 13:18 Send private message

Mate of mine got in on the cellphone game early and had 025-222-2222, I guess the 025 bit thwarted the babies.

Unfortunately, as long as there's people not paying enough attention, there will be babies mashing the numbers on phones.




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  Reply # 654508 12-Jul-2012 13:23 Send private message

I would just start adding their numbers to my blacklist aka Selective Call Rejection.

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  Reply # 654544 12-Jul-2012 14:12 Send private message

icepicknz: Ok, I may have taken it a little too far saying I'd make them cry, it did seem like a funny idea in the back of my head though. But seriously, is a phone a toy, I wonder how many calls 111 get because babys are munching on the phone!


From 111.govt.nz:

All 111 calls are answered by Telecom in the first instance. Of the approximately 2.7 million 111 calls Telecom receives every year, only 36% are passed through to emergency services. The rest, 64%, are non-genuine emergency calls including accidental misdials, hang-ups, children playing with the phone and cellphones being bumped in pockets and bags.


Telecom have got smarter at filtering these calls now, making use of an IVR system to make filtering even quicker. Unfortunately dozens of Nil Speech Emergency Calls still slip through daily (which are all dealt with by Police at great expense).

Consecutive numbers are great to remember, but probably more hassle than its worth Wink

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