Pam?s reply was effective: she cut her phone off
PAM Pukallus received so many telemarketing calls she took drastic action and disconnected her phone four months after having it connected.
"I moved here (in February for university), got the phone put on and it just annoyed me, it was pathetic.
"The minimum calls I got was about four a day, the max would have been 12 to 13 calls.''
At first Miss Pukallus thought she was getting prank calls.
"Most of the time I didn't even get to speak to anyone, it (her phone number) was automatically dialled and nobody picked up.
"I thought I was getting prank calls, so I got Telstra to put on a trace.''
After following Telstra instructions, leaving the phone off the hook for 15 minutes after a call, it was discovered that the calls were neither prank calls nor from a private number.
"They couldn't release the information on who was actually calling ... but they said it was a telemarketing company.
"The computer automatically dials and because the telemarketers are busy no one was answering my call.''
When there was someone on the other end of the phone Miss Pukallus usually had a hard time understanding them through their heavy accents, or they would not take no for an answer nor hanging up.
"Even when I said I was not interested they'd ask why and I'd have to hang up, and then they'd ring back.
"I'm like 'I hung up on you for a reason.' ''
The majority of the calls occurred between 11am and 2pm, and the odd couple between 7pm and 8pm.