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I Like Tweaking Buttons - Alobar Greywalker: Magickal Record (aka Frater PVN, LA-BAJ-AL)
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I Like Tweaking Buttons
        Fol at Virgin Mobile continue to be a pain in my ass.

       Back at the end of January I bought a month' worth of service.  They never updated my user info page, so it appears my service expired on Feb 2.  So I wrote to ask them if the were planning to steal my megabytes.

       Got back a letter asking me to tell them my phone number and my login code.

       I told them tat if they had forced me to give them a phone number, I had made up the number because I HAVE NO PHONE!

       Lets see how they respond to this!
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azaz_al From: azaz_al Date: February 4th, 2014 11:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
They will just ask for a phone number at which they can reach you.

Considering the amount of problems your lack of a phone number regularly causes you, I often wonder and with increasing perplexity at your total insistence upon not having one. There are easily available ones you could own, with no monthly plan purchasable at Walmart. It seems to me this would save you a good deal of time, aggravation, and even money, since running around costs you work days and creates miscommunications that leave you out of various bonuses and other perks you could have.

I understand you greatly dislike phones and have difficulty hearing what people are saying but we live in a society that runs on them. You could turn up the volume on a phone, perhaps, or turn on the speaker so that you could hear more easily if that is the issue. If that is not the "real" issue, I fail, really, to see what insisting on not having a phone is gaining you. Half your posts of late list some detriment to your life that is caused by not having one.
azaz_al From: azaz_al Date: February 4th, 2014 11:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
sophiaserpentia From: sophiaserpentia Date: February 5th, 2014 04:01 am (UTC) (Link)
This reminds me, there's actually a government program that will give folks a phone for free if they qualify:


ETA: http://www.budgetmobile.com/stores/LA/New-Orleans-LA1716.cfm

Edited at 2014-02-05 04:05 am (UTC)
sheilagh From: sheilagh Date: February 5th, 2014 05:07 am (UTC) (Link)
also, he could get it teletyped, or whatever the current description is where a deaf person can have a text to person to callee interface.

(meaning that I knew of people who took text calls from deaf folks, then they read what the deaf typist said while talking to the person being called (call center, operator, etc) ... and then relayed back via text to the deaf person what the person being called has said.)

cumbersome, but at least he could have text on his end, and with his age, he could easily convince people that he has hearing issues.

companies like American Express or even the SNAP food stamps people are pretty up to speed on offering "accessibility" options. SNAP probably has to by law, and the other companies like have pressure to, if not laws binding them.

Edited at 2014-02-05 05:08 am (UTC)
alobar From: alobar Date: February 5th, 2014 07:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Call it an Aspie quirk. Or think of it as a disability. If I answer the phone I get all tongue tied and am unable to speak without stuttering so much nobody can understand me. If I make a phone call, I am so filled with FEAR I cannot get a word out clearly.

Exception. If a close friend or lover call me, I can function on the phone.

another exception. If someone else makes a call and passes the phone to me, it is very traumatic, but I can hold down a conversation..
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