Long Distance

One.Tel sent us poor customers an email assuring as that it's business as usual and don't panic, your phone is not going to be disconnected, blah blah blah. I know I should probably start shopping round for a new provider, but I really am quite lazy. Other companies already harassing me to switch to them. I had a nice encounter with an Optus guy last night:

"Hello, I'm Joe Bloggs from Optus, are you currently one our customers?"


"So you're with Telstra?"


"So who are you with then?"

"The infamous One.Tel"

"Oooh One.Tel. Let me tell you now, I've heard lots of rumours, they've been disconnecting their customers, left right and centre! Have you heard about our cheap long distance rates?"

"No. But I'd be delighted to know about them"

"Well we have X, Y, Z and blah blah blah and blah blah blah. Now I can switch you over to us tonight right now if I can just get some details from you"

"I don't want to switch right now thanks."

"Are you sure? Because this is the last night we're contacting One.Tel customers with this offer…"

"OH! I SEE! If you knew all along I was a One.Tel customer, WHY THE BLOODY HELL DID YOU ASK IF I WAS WITH TELSTRA!?!"

"Umm… umm… well… I dunno…"

"Not very honest, is it?"

"I know. I'm very sorry."

"It's okay. I know you're only doing your job"

"Yeah. I hope I didn't make you uncomfortable."

"Nah, I've been expecting your call." "Oh… really?"

"Yes. You know, with One.Tel going down the gurgler and all. I knew you'd come after me"

"Oh yes. Of course. It's what we do. So… you gonna sign up?"



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