Comments on: Dear Qwest https://pthree.org/2009/10/15/dear-qwest-2/ Linux. GNU. Freedom. Tue, 31 Oct 2017 18:00:46 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0-alpha-42127 By: Steve Beattie https://pthree.org/2009/10/15/dear-qwest-2/#comment-110351 Fri, 23 Oct 2009 02:18:50 +0000 http://pthree.org/?p=1155#comment-110351 Back in the mid-90s, before Qwest bought USWest, I worked for the IT department of a daily newspaper. Our circulation department even back then was able to subscribe to a service from USWest, where every month they sent us the list (on a floppy disk, no less) of new landline customers in our delivery region. Given the general lack of ethics by both companies, it's no surprise that post the Qwest acquisition, this practice continued.

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By: Dear Qwest [ Aaron Toponce ] https://pthree.org/2009/10/15/dear-qwest-2/#comment-110290 Sat, 17 Oct 2009 05:32:36 +0000 http://pthree.org/?p=1155#comment-110290 [...] Dear Qwest Found 17 hours, 11 minutes ago Linux. GNU. Freedom. From: pthree.org [...]

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By: Steve Dibb https://pthree.org/2009/10/15/dear-qwest-2/#comment-110286 Fri, 16 Oct 2009 15:23:46 +0000 http://pthree.org/?p=1155#comment-110286 Joseph, really? That is awesome, that's what I'm going to do. I was going to sign up for a landline with Qwest (not a fan of VOIP, no thanks), and I didn't feel like coughing up the monthly "unlisted number" fee. I'll have to give that a try.

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By: Joseph Hall https://pthree.org/2009/10/15/dear-qwest-2/#comment-110285 Fri, 16 Oct 2009 13:10:05 +0000 http://pthree.org/?p=1155#comment-110285 There is a fee for having your phone number unlisted, but Qwerst will still sell your number. However, when the line is ordered, you can demand that they do not sell your number to anyone. By federal law, they must comply. This is free. The agents that take orders know this, but will not tell you. The last time I got a voice number from Qwerst, this is what I did. It worked, and I never got a single sales call on that number.

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By: TGM https://pthree.org/2009/10/15/dear-qwest-2/#comment-110284 Fri, 16 Oct 2009 08:53:37 +0000 http://pthree.org/?p=1155#comment-110284 Do you guys have the equivelent of a Telephone Preference Service? (We in the UK have http://www.tpsonline.org.uk/). Once signed up, you can get companies in trouble for phoning you.

I realise your query is about Qwest's views on privacy, and this is more of a cure than a prevention tactic, but it's worked wonders for me (when I received a recycled number with a lot of sales calls attached!)

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By: Rusty https://pthree.org/2009/10/15/dear-qwest-2/#comment-110283 Fri, 16 Oct 2009 06:33:22 +0000 http://pthree.org/?p=1155#comment-110283 Well, the most likely explanation is that Qwest is selling a list of customers and phone numbers as a CD or even a download, to telemarketers for something like $0.0015 a phone number or so. The price kept low so that the can sell the list again each quarter, month, or even day.

A 'diff' on two subsequent lists would show who had a new number, what their name was, even their city and street address in all likelihood.

I suppose it is also possible that Qwest is simply selling a 'daily' update of that diff file for significantly more, perhaps even $0.50 a customer.

Google is already an advertiser, so they may not be as likely to sell their customer list to telemarketers. Why sell your good customer list to competitors?

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By: Russ https://pthree.org/2009/10/15/dear-qwest-2/#comment-110282 Fri, 16 Oct 2009 06:10:35 +0000 http://pthree.org/?p=1155#comment-110282 Yes, that is part of their business model. In fact, if you don't want it shared, there is an additional _monthly_ fee. Course, there is a federal do not call list, but that isn't instant and a certain percentage of solicitors ignore it, and "charities", people taking surveys, companies who you have done business with, and politicians can ignore it too.

Its too bad its so damned hard for people to understand that I don't want them calling me.

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By: Aaron https://pthree.org/2009/10/15/dear-qwest-2/#comment-110281 Fri, 16 Oct 2009 04:39:34 +0000 http://pthree.org/?p=1155#comment-110281 Before the comments come in, the solicitors are calling my friend my name. Sure, the number is recycled. I understand that. I don't understand how they can already be asking for him by name.

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