Weekly Stories from You: The Cost of Robocalls

Christina Tetreault
Staff Attorney

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Mary Ann of Landrum, South Carolina is a practical woman. She has a cell phone that fits her needs and lifestyle. There’s just one thing, however, that’s not working out on her mobile line: robocalls. As Mary Ann shared with us below, these irritating intrusions not only cost her time, but are starting to add up in expense:

“I’m a senior citizen.  I don’t text, tweet, read emails, or post selfie pictures using my cell phone.  I use it to stay in touch with friends and family when necessary. 

I have a “Pay as you go” plan that works perfectly for me and costs less than $25/month which fits my budget.

small-changeEvery time I get a robocall to that number, I pay for it!  If it’s the first and only time I use my phone that day it costs me $1 plus the call itself which is usually $.20. 

I’m paying for calls for credit card solicitations, political surveys and donations.  It’s bad enough I get them on my landline, but at least those don’t add to my bill.

These calls to cell phones need to stop.”

Mary Ann is annoyed not just because she gets pesky robocalls, but also because she has to pay for them too. It’s outrageous. Solutions exist to stop robocalls before they reach us. That’s why we’re calling on the phone companies to provide their customers free, effective tools to block robocalls. If you agree, join with us here.

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