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22C on the way into work today. Nice and cool, perfect day with a hint of rain in the air. Huge thunderstorms moved through southern New England yesterday; it was the first time I had ever heard the Emergency Broadcast System used as anything but a test. The full force of the storms stayed along the southern coast, but it was pretty intense where we live. The thunderstorm went from thick drops as we carried the cat litter from PetSmart to the car, to drenching sheets of rain and heavy winds by the time we got home, five minutes away.

I rammed my right little toe into something Saturday; still limping.

Anyway, Sunday was pay the bills day. As I went through the bills, alerting Andy to the interesting bits (like, hey, you called Canada 120 times and used 80 text messages over your 300 message limit!), I saw that there were two “ringtone services” attached to the bill, for Flycell and Thumbplay, which, for $20/month, apparently let you download new ringtones.

Now, I don’t like ringtones. I hate even more that new “service” where you can blast staticy, too-loud, badly level-balanced music that is impossible to a) recognize as music or b) have anywhere near your ear. Ally has that. Makes it impossible to call her. I have to put the phone on speaker and leave it on my desk until she picks up because it hurts my ear so bad.

Anyway, I just use the standard ring tone that comes with it. So does Andy. A quick google showed that these “services” are randomly applied to people’s accounts without their consent or knowledge. I called Sprint and complained loudly about it, and they removed the charges. I can’t understand how they can just add these things on without my consent, but apparently, all any of these services need in order to start billing you for something is your phone number. Your input or consent is not needed.

These places make their money by hoping you don’t read your phone bill too closely. You can have your bill paid automatically from your checking account so you would never even know!

Anyway. I need to get my bills down a lot so I can afford to pay for Andy’s college this fall. First to go is cable TV. I will keep the basic stuff but all those movie channels are going bye-bye. I never watch them. Then I am going to see about cutting down the phone bill. I only ever use the AT&T service for the Internet. So I don’t need the land line or all the services attached to it that I never use. Now they are letting you unbundle, so that will be another bill I won’t have to pay.

I have no credit card any more, so that’s a bill that doesn’t exist, thankfully.

Bought and watched the first season of Buffy. It was better than I thought it would be. As the season progressed, it became clearer that the whole show is more a satire on television shows about high schools than anything else. What with so many students and teachers dying every episode. Now that I’m seeing how freely Joss Whedon kills people off, I understand how people were expecting Penny to die the moment they saw her in Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along blog. We’ll see this fall how readily he kills people in “Dollhouse”.

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One Comment

  1. I’ve dealt with flycell – they’re a scam. They have pop up ads and that make you put your cell phone number in to view their available ringtones. If you file a complaint with the better business bureau you can get your money back (bbb.org) – that’s what I did.

    FYI, if there is a blackout or some other occurance – a landline phone my be your only source of communication. Happened here in NYC.


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