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I was thinking about taking advantage of the OnStar hands free calling feature in my 2015 Volt. Sometimes I forget my phone at home or leave it somewhere and thought it would be nice to have it as a backup. So I push the OnStar button and ask the nice lady about buying some minutes. She said I could get 30 minutes for $13.95, plus tax and fees. I asked how much for 60 minutes and she said there is no 60 minutes available and the next package would be 100 minutes for $39.95. So I opted for the 30 minutes which she said would be good for a year. My card was charged $16.15 and I tested it by calling my cell phone and it worked fine.

On my way to work today, I got an incoming call voice notification. Thinking it was OnStar, I answered it. Turned out to be a telemarketer with Allied Vehicle Protection trying to sell me an extended warranty. So I hung up and drove to work. Later, I get back into the car to grab some lunch at a drive through. Another incoming call, and I don't recognize the number so I hit the hang up button.

Time to call OnStar so I push the button and ask the lady if they are selling our car's phone number to telemarketers now, and that when I answer these calls, my minutes go down. She said no, the telemarketers just call random numbers. So they called me at random TWICE in one day? I don't think so. So she transferred me to someone in the tech department. She agreed to change the phone number and give me 10 free minutes. The new number is way different from the old one, but only time will tell if the change did any good. And of course I found out that if the call is outgoing or incoming, you lose minutes either way. Unless you don't answer. Which I won't.
 

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Heck, I get calls to my car and I don't have any calling. Nothing in the radio log or my cell phone, just the random "You have an incoming call", ring ring, and no one on the other end.
 

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I just let them ring until they disappear.
 

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If you don’t recognize a number or have not been in a previous conversation with an entity where you were expecting a call back, let them go. A legitimate caller will leave a message in voice mail.


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I'd like to see an end to free phone calls, the caller should have to pay 5 cents a call. There are two benefits to this, the first is that it would make robo calling uneconomic, the second is that we can go bake to answering the phone with "go ahead, it's your nickel".
 

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Phone numbers get reused. When my wife first got her cell phone she kept getting calls (at least once a day) from some guy in Arizona looking for his old girlfriend. I finally answered his call and told him that he needed to get a clue and that his old girlfriend had obviously dumped him because he was too needy for her tastes. He never called back.
 

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I never answer calls I don't recognise, I let the answering machine take them. If it's important, they'll leave a message.
 

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Today my Volt has a new phone number, and they ended up giving me 20 more minutes! Sometimes it pays to complain.
 

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At one time the phone co had a length of time an old number would stay unused
With longer times depending on type of business.

My new land line number was a local hospital main switchboard and one year on the do-no-use list did not work out well for me.
they did change it fast when I asked.

Different Telemarketers seem to use the very same voice messages.

example : yesterday spam call was from the IRS who wanted me to send them some Best Buy gift cards :)
 
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