JULY 31, 2009, 3:27 PM
Take Back The Beep, Part II
Wow, what a ride.
On Thursday, on this blog, in my e-mail column and on Twitter, I launched "Take Back the Beep," a national campaign to restore your time and money from the country's cellular carriers. I'm referring, of course, to the obnoxious, drawn-out, 15-second instructions that Verizon, Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile tack on to your own voice mail greeting. You know: "To page this person, press 5. When you have finished recording, you may hang up. To leave a callback number, press 1," etc.
The response has been amazing. Gizmodo, Engadget, Consumerist, Technologizer and other blogs joined me in the cause. Radio stations called for interviews. And above all, readers responded, flooding the carriers with such a volume of complaints, three out of the four wound up setting up special channels to accommodate it all.
Here are the latest links where you can complain:
- Verizon: Post a complaint here:
- AT&T: Send e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Sprint: Post a complaint here:
- T-Mobile: Post a complaint here: Along the way, a few interesting developments.