Monday, January 07, 2008

A game of cat and mouse - combating hutch spammers

In hindsight, it was a sorry decision to take hutch/vodafone connection when I came to Bangalore mid last year. It was singularly the worst decision I made in the entire year. Everyday since then, I'm being flooded with SMSes and phone calls offering some service or the other. And given that I spent quite a bit of time in Mumbai in roaming mode, I'd to pay for the incoming call for a telemarketing call that I didn't want ....

In such circumstances, I'd give my piece of mind to the telemarketing person, and I've done that with Standard Chartered Manhattan credit card people. But these vodafone people are clever - they play pre-recorded calls :( So, now I want to wring the neck of their marketing manager ... Anyway, it won't be a big loss, since he/she is so obviously incompetent.

I was hoping that the National Do Not Call Registry might help, but it appears that though the Government website says it must be free for all subscribes, I keep getting Vodafone SMS'es advertising "Do not call" feature for 100 bucks per month. One thing is definite, either vodafone or the government (I presume the former) is lying. And anyway, since the telecom operator is the spammer, it is more a case of the who's guarding the fence ?

But finally, I got a technology solution instead that sort of works - I installed an application called "Advanced Call Manager" on my Symbian phone, and it tries to filter out calls in a black list. The only trouble is - it is reactive at best, and vodafone keeps changing their number. Typical of spammers.

Here's my spam block list and it keeps growing by the day (with 32 MB memory, my cell can a lot more):

(I apologize in advance if any of this has turned "legitimate")

I do so desperately want to give them the treatment that I finally gave to Manhattan - I voted with my feet. Number portability, where are you ?

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At Tuesday, 29 January, 2008 at 2:11:00 PM IST, Anonymous Vodafone victim said...

I truly agree with you.Its so disturbing and irritating to receive such endless calls from Vodafone..Useless fellows..


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