Dish Networks, PLEASE stop calling me!

[UPDATE: 1 month later. After adding my number to the Do Not Call registry, I received a few calls and then they completely disappear. I guess the list works! Hopefully now that I said that, I won’t start getting calls again. ]

[UPDATE: You can track my status with this here.]

It’s been a number of months since I’ve been working from my home office once again. I’m pretty productive when I’m left alone, but this time around there’s one distraction that’s becoming more and more of a nuisance.

Before I get into this, I do have Caller ID and can generally tell it’s a telemarketer. However, instead of not answering the phone, it has become almost a personal quest to get them to stop calling me.

Please make it stop!

Every single day, one to three times, I get a call from Dish Networks trying to get me to switch. Almost all the time, it’s an automated message with some guy named Jerry telling me about this awesome deal to press ‘1’ to speak to a sales rep. The first time I got mad enough to give a rep an earful, I press ‘1’ and was then given an option to press ‘8’ to get my name of the list. I happily did this.

I thought they would respect my wishes. They did not. Assuming it may take a little while to go through their system, I just kept opting out every time I got a call.

The first rep

Then I actually got a salesrep on the phone! I told her in a calm tone that due to the excessive number of calls I get from Dish Networks that I would never subscribe to their service and to please add me to their do not call list. She appologized and said she was placing my name on the do not call list.

The next rep

I kept getting the calls and a few weeks later I got another call from a live rep. I went through the same routine again. I tried to stay as calm as I could since I’m at a point with Dish that I get enraged when I get one of these calls. I know, though, that yelling on the phone’s not going to do me any good. Once again, I got an apology and this time a guarantee that I would stop receiving calls.

One more time

Today, I got another one and I felt like punching the wall. It was another recording, this time it was a female voice, but it was the same exact message that Jerry had from before. I hit ‘1’ to talk to a rep and immediately asked for a manager, who once again, apologized and guaranteed me they’d remove me from their list.

I hate Dish Networks

I think just hearing about them will get me angry for a while and I’m glad I can vent about it here. From here on out, I plan to keep a log of the calls, because I’m not convinced they’ve stopped.

Picture of Larry Smith
Frustrating. If you have time and really want to have some fun, turn
the tables on them. Every time they call you or leave a message, ask
them for money. “C’mon man… just give me 20 bucks. I know you can
afford it.” :) Or sell them something stupid like aluminum siding or
coffins. Harrass them right back, that’s what I say.
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I will very likely have an opportunity to try your suggestion. I will have to keep it entertaining.
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I say you just talk crazy to them. Get a Dick Tracy style accent and
yell “you can’t catch me Coppers!!”. And then hang up. That would
definitely scare me into not calling anymore.
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For reals. Go nuts on them. Tell them how you’re going to marry the
Brangelina Messiah baby when she grows up. If they don’t stop calling
you, accuse the rep of being in love with you (even better if it’s a
guy). Harrassment deserves harrassment.
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I like to return the call to senior management at their home. I have
loads of their phone numbers, if you’d like them. They understand the
rules now. I get a call, they get a call. It REALLY pisses them off.
They even have trouble getting the calls to stop! Its hilarious. They
usually do get it under control after a while, but every time I move or
change numbers for whatever reason, I end up back on their list and it
starts over again. Their names are public information because it is a
publicly traded company, so they list it in their SEC filings. Getting
their home phone numbers off the internet is pretty easy too. I say we
give what we get!
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I have a similar situation with these Aholes. I sent a complaint to Dish, but I doubt it will do any good.

http://www.dishnetwork.com/content/aboutus/contact_us/index.asp
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Adding my number to the National Do Not Call Registry seems to have gotten them to stop calling. Nothing I did with Dish Networks had any affect whatsoever.
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I’ve had trouble with these these guys. After my fourth time talking
to a rep to have my number removed, the guy suddenly didn’t like my
tone and start cussing me out. (I swear I was being polite – slightly
annoyed, but polite) He was saying “F you” etc. Then, after I insulted
him and hung up, he started calling me back and harassing me. This went
on for a half hour. Now every time they call I do a trace by hitting
*57. Not an immediate help, but it goes on the phone records and can be
used later if need be.
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After several calls and insults from their sales reps I emailed
Dish.(I am waiting their reply) Although I have Dish I will cancel if I
get one more call. Dish needs to wake up. It is just too easy to go
with directv or mediacom. I would encourage anyone with Dish to cancel
if they continue this sort of marketing.
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#1 | Larry Smith | June 09 2006 at 06:21 PM
Picture of Jared Christensen
Frustrating. If you have time and really want to have some fun, turn the tables on them. Every time they call you or leave a message, ask them for money. “C’mon man… just give me 20 bucks. I know you can afford it.” :) Or sell them something stupid like aluminum siding or coffins. Harrass them right back, that’s what I say.
#2 | Jared Christensen | June 14 2006 at 02:10 AM
I will very likely have an opportunity to try your suggestion. I will have to keep it entertaining.
#3 | Wade Winningham | June 14 2006 at 03:42 AM
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I say you just talk crazy to them. Get a Dick Tracy style accent and yell “you can’t catch me Coppers!!”. And then hang up. That would definitely scare me into not calling anymore.
#4 | Luis Garcia | June 14 2006 at 03:46 AM
Picture of Jared Christensen
For reals. Go nuts on them. Tell them how you’re going to marry the Brangelina Messiah baby when she grows up. If they don’t stop calling you, accuse the rep of being in love with you (even better if it’s a guy). Harrassment deserves harrassment.
#5 | Jared Christensen | June 15 2006 at 12:50 AM
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I have a similar situation with these Aholes. I sent a complaint to Dish, but I doubt it will do any good.

http://www.dishnetwork.com/content/aboutus/contact_us/index.asp
#6 | Riccardo | July 18 2006 at 11:26 AM
Adding my number to the National Do Not Call Registry seems to have gotten them to stop calling. Nothing I did with Dish Networks had any affect whatsoever.
#7 | Wade Winningham | July 18 2006 at 12:51 PM
Picture of Doug
I’ve had trouble with these these guys. After my fourth time talking to a rep to have my number removed, the guy suddenly didn’t like my tone and start cussing me out. (I swear I was being polite – slightly annoyed, but polite) He was saying “F you” etc. Then, after I insulted him and hung up, he started calling me back and harassing me. This went on for a half hour. Now every time they call I do a trace by hitting *57. Not an immediate help, but it goes on the phone records and can be used later if need be.
#8 | Doug | July 20 2006 at 05:41 AM
Picture of cindy
I like to return the call to senior management at their home. I have loads of their phone numbers, if you’d like them. They understand the rules now. I get a call, they get a call. It REALLY pisses them off. They even have trouble getting the calls to stop! Its hilarious. They usually do get it under control after a while, but every time I move or change numbers for whatever reason, I end up back on their list and it starts over again. Their names are public information because it is a publicly traded company, so they list it in their SEC filings. Getting their home phone numbers off the internet is pretty easy too. I say we give what we get!
#9 | cindy | July 22 2006 at 10:00 AM

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