November 7, 2007

Verizon Restraining Order

Filed under: News — Tags: , , — skeptisys @ 11:45 am


In America, people usually get what they want, if they are persistent and work together. When the public had enough with marketing phone calls, pressure was applied to congress to pass a law allowing people to opt out of sales calls (do not call registry).

Well now, for me anyway, Verizon has moved to a new level of marketing harassment. Recently new cables were installed by Verizon in my building, after which the marketing campaign began. Letters filled my mailbox and I threw them in the garbage. The phone rang off the hook, and each time I asked them to stop calling me and that I was not interested. Verizon, like a stalking sex fiend, would not stop easily. Three times in the past week they banged on my door at 7pm, while I was eating or cooking dinner, and asked if I was interested in saving money. My response was always 1) how do I stop you from harassing me? and 2) how the hell did you get into the locked building?

If you are normal, you can avoid phone calls with caller ID, but door to door salesmen require time and clothing, apparently. I intend to boycott Verizon for this reason, although it doesn’t take much searching to find that this is not the worst Verizon has acted.  If you search for Verizon + Evil, you get over 1.5 million hits.  Verizon + illegal provides over 1.8 million hits.  This will make for fun reading…


  1. Oh, God. Verizon is the worst. I had Verizon DSL which sucked, then they lowered the price for new people but not for me. I bought a cable modem, set it up, and had a faster and more reliable internet connection. Then I called to cancel Verizon. They tried every trick in the book. Cable is slower. No it’s not. I have it right now. But we have feature x, y, and z. I don’t use those. After half an hour I had to repeat more and more loudly CANCEL MY SERVICE CANCEL MY SERVICE! They agreed. Finally. Months later it turned out they never did (I should have been monitoring my checking account more closely) and I had to go through the whole exercise again. Then I did it with AT&T. Now I find it kind of fun.

    Comment by Ken Beer — November 8, 2007 @ 12:04 pm

  2. I agree fully that dealing with their customer service is both frustrating and potentially entertaining. Some people have taped their conversation with customer service, because the bizarreness is fun to watch. And why not tape the conversation? They offer, every time I call: “this call may be monitored for quality assurance”. Well thanks, don’t mind if I do.

    Comment by skeptisys — November 12, 2007 @ 11:23 am

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  4. OMG. Help!!!! Over the past two plus years I have averaged at least one Verizon
    sales call per day. We switched to a fios package bundle last year. After however many
    months and daily sales calls I started blocking every Verizon sales number on my home
    line. By the 4th different blocked number I seem to have triggered some Verizon
    relatiatory calling genie. The last Verizon sales number I blocked (410)910-0609 is
    an automatic redialer that calls me every thirty minutes on the hour ALL DAY LONG.
    Verizon can’t even seem to turn it off. I’ve called every Verizon Number I can’t get my
    hands on and I get plenty of apologies. I can’t get Verizon to stop. Twelve calls
    today since 11:08, fourty six total (46)since Thursday

    Comment by Bill — February 24, 2009 @ 5:58 pm

  5. Verizon plays game – keep getting calls from 410-910-0609 even th9ough I asked them to stop, and added the number to the site. Verizon has to be paying someone off to be able to skirt the laws.

    Comment by Verizon plays game — June 9, 2011 @ 9:28 am

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