New York Times writer, David Pogue, is mad and thinks you should be too. He’s really ticked off about the 15 seconds of his money and his life that are being stolen every time he leaves a cell phone voice mail message.
Says Pogue, “Suppose you call my cell to leave me a message. First you hear my own voice: "Hi, it's David Pogue. Leave a message, and I'll get back to you"--and THEN you hear a 15-second canned carrier message…These messages are outrageous for two reasons. First, they waste your time. Good heavens: it's 2009. WE KNOW WHAT TO DO AT THE BEEP.”
Pogue figures that although it may just be 15 seconds, if Verizon's 70 million customers leave or check messages twice a weekday Verizon makes about $620 million a year or takes three hours of your time a year.
So he’s on a crusade to Take Back the Beep and here’s what he wants us all to do:
We're going to descend, en masse, on our carriers. Send them a complaint, politely but firmly. Together, we'll send them a LOT of complaints.
If enough of us make our unhappiness known, I'll bet they'll change.
I've told each of the four major carriers that they'll be hearing from us. They've told us where to send the messages:
* Verizon: Post a complaint here: http://bit.ly/FJncH.
* AT&T: Send e-mail to Mark Siegel, executive director of media relations: MS8460@att.com.
* Sprint: Post a complaint here: http://bit.ly/9CmrZ
* T-Mobile: Post a complaint here: http://bit.ly/2rKy0u
Join the Take Back the Beep campaign. It will take more than 15 seconds of your time to voice your complaint, but you’ll be gaining much more.