Problems with Electronics

Discussion in 'Alternative Technologies & Energetics' started by Toroid, Oct 21, 2020.

  1. Toroid

    Toroid Founding Member

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    I've been getting this voicemail message for years in an Asian language. Today I let it play through and the screen said Insert Sim. It froze the phone and none of the buttons would respond. I removed the battery and that seemed to fix it. Twice in the last several weeks the screen has gone blank and I had to call the provider. Without taking to anyone their automated scan of my cell fixed the problem.

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  2. August

    August Metanoia

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    If you have had that message for years was it an unfinished part of your original set up programme when you first got the phone ?
     
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  3. Toroid

    Toroid Founding Member

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    I don't think so. In the states we have a huge problem with robo calls and scams. They showed on a news documentary that people create simple programs that can call a multitude of landlines and cell phones at once. Most people don't answer their cells if they don't know who's calling. We can register our numbers on the national do not call list which makes it illegal to solicit the number.
     
  4. August

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    I never answer if I do not recognize the phone number. I don't get many calls anyways so luckily I am fairly free of this pestering. So if you register on that 'don't call' number that message can be deleted off your phone ?
     
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  5. Toroid

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    If the source can be identified we can report them. There was a guy on the news that legally went after several of the companies and they paid him off rather than going to court because they would lose.
     
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  6. August

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    Great way to make some extra cash . :)
     
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  7. pigfarmer

    pigfarmer tall, thin, irritable

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    Predictive dialers. I admit to being part of the problem at one time. I didn't deal with them specifically but had to integrate them plenty.

    You load the thing up with ranges of #s you want to call, the time ranges and frequency and the caller id you want to display when doing so. This is why you get lots of calls from numbers that are from the same exchange(s) as you. They're not but the type of trunking - 'outside lines' - they use allows them to publish whatever the hell they want.

    The machine is looking for a human voice and they have become better at distinguishing a live voice from a recording. When it hears one it does whatever it's been told - play a message or transfer the call to a live agent. That's why you hear a slight delay before whoever it is that wants to tell you about your extended vehicle warranty come on the line. From their p.o.v it's an incoming call also.

    A live voice is a success. A hang up just means do it again. I prefer the third option. It's a device with a finite amount of resources. I just pick up, listen and put the phone down. Takes it a minute or two to time out. Makes me feel better. Doubt it does much.

    If there were a way - and there isn't - to prevent people from publishing spurious caller id all this would be greatly reduced. In the PSTN - regular old telephone network - there actually are guardrails around that sort of thing. Not perfect but enforced enough to notice. These are all internet resolved calls, not PSTN. An internet address could be a traditional looking 1+ten digit number as easily as a fully qualified domain name. SIP trunking in volume at fractions of a penny per channel with no governing authority or control really I am aware of.
     
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