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Old July 5th, 2011, 08:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Notsure Got a call from "METRO PCS" today from 888-863-8768?! Am I busted??!!

As stated in the title, I got a call today (missed it actually, I was out of my truck at the time) from "METRO PCS" at 888-863-8768.

I was thinking maybe they were just going to give some recording with a promotional offer, maybe another message from Snoop, something like that... but then no message was left...

Now I just paid my bill the other day, so I don't think it had anything to do with that either...

So then my wheels started turning upstairs... Do you think they somehow know I am tethering or something and are on to me? Or am I just being really paranoid?

Did anyone else receive any calls from Metro recently? If so, did you answer? If so, what was it all about?

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Old July 5th, 2011, 08:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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As stated in the title, I got a call today (missed it actually, I was out of my truck at the time) from "METRO PCS" at 888-863-8768.

I was thinking maybe they were just going to give some recording with a promotional offer, maybe another message from Snoop, something like that... but then no message was left...

Now I just paid my bill the other day, so I don't think it had anything to do with that either...

So then my wheels started turning upstairs... Do you think they somehow know I am tethering or something and are on to me? Or am I just being really paranoid?

Did anyone else receive any calls from Metro recently? If so, did you answer? If so, what was it all about?
Hey TRS relax bro. I keep getting weird text from a 502 number. which looks like a metropcs number
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As stated in the title, I got a call today (missed it actually, I was out of my truck at the time) from "METRO PCS" at 888-863-8768.

I was thinking maybe they were just going to give some recording with a promotional offer, maybe another message from Snoop, something like that... but then no message was left...

Now I just paid my bill the other day, so I don't think it had anything to do with that either...

So then my wheels started turning upstairs... Do you think they somehow know I am tethering or something and are on to me? Or am I just being really paranoid?

Did anyone else receive any calls from Metro recently? If so, did you answer? If so, what was it all about?

Lol chill bro... What are they gonna say?

"Uhh We dont like the fact that you are using the service you bought from us the way it was intended to be used when you payed for it... So uhhh could you stop please? I know you already paid for it but... Please..."

Did you sign a contract saying you couldnt do whatever the hell you wanted to with the phone and service you bought? I think not... Tether away bro! lol
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their TOS clearly states they can change anything on ur account even change ur monthly bill without telling u, so with that being said they had no reason to call u to hassle u cuz clearly they can change or do any modification to ur account as they please. keep that in mind.
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yea even att sends texts warning tethering customers
they also call you and even send you letters if you tether. verizon calls you and the third time they get you you don't respond they cut the service until you go into a store
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Wow Ive tethered with other phones on metro service for years. Never recieved a call maybe its because of the 4g?
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Well, I have to fess up. I was trying to see if I could DL a torrent (this was just the other night). I really wanted to watch a movie, and I was stuck somewhere, bored. lol Something I have spoken out against myself right here in these very forums. Well, FWIW, I wouldn't plan to make a habit out of it, and I kind of just wanted to see if it would work, I hadn't heard of anyone having any success with torrents over tether. So I thought I would give it a try...

Well, I have to report, it didn't work for me. I of course tweaked uTorrent down to reasonable UL/DL limits, based on my connection. I didn't mess with a lot of settings other than that, but I couldn't get it to work on first try. Maybe I will try again some other time...

[details] I had my PC tethered via wifi to my phone, using uTorrent. Got the torrent to start in uTorrent, but then 0kb up or down on that torrent, nor any others for that matter. After leaving it run in the background for like 30 mins while checking email, surfing, IRC, etc. on PC, I gave up and shut down uTorrent.

Well anyway, I wonder if that had anything to do with anything? Maybe not. But I gotta go, there are some black helicopters outside... lolz
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Well, I have to fess up. I was trying to see if I could DL a torrent (this was just the other night). I really wanted to watch a movie, and I was stuck somewhere, bored. lol Something I have spoken out against myself right here in these very forums. Well, FWIW, I wouldn't plan to make a habit out of it, and I kind of just wanted to see if it would work, I hadn't heard of anyone having any success with torrents over tether. So I thought I would give it a try...

Well, I have to report, it didn't work for me. I of course tweaked uTorrent down to reasonable UL/DL limits, based on my connection. I didn't mess with a lot of settings other than that, but I couldn't get it to work on first try. Maybe I will try again some other time...

[details] I had my PC tethered via wifi to my phone, using uTorrent. Got the torrent to start in uTorrent, but then 0kb up or down on that torrent, nor any others for that matter. After leaving it run in the background for like 30 mins while checking email, surfing, IRC, etc. on PC, I gave up and shut down uTorrent.

Well anyway, I wonder if that had anything to do with anything? Maybe not. But I gotta go, there are some black helicopters outside... lolz
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seems almost all cell phone providers are starting to cap their data usage
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New Verizon Wireless customers will have to figure that out starting Thursday as the country's largest wireless carrier plans to roll out data plans with monthly usage caps.
Verizon said Tuesday that under the plans, new smartphone users will pay between $30 and $80 each month for plans that include 2 to 10 gigabytes of data usage. Customers who use more than their allotment will be charged $10 more for each additional gigabyte. The company currently charges $30 a month for an unlimited smartphone data plan.
This is well-trod ground -- AT&T introduced capped data plans a year ago. T-Mobile USA changed its unlimited data plan in May. Although it doesn't charge overage fees, the company slows the speed at which customers can send and receive data once they hit their allotted amount.
The new Verizon plans will apply both to new customers and existing customers who are trading up to smartphones.
The tricky thing about capped data plans is that few people have a clue how much a megabyte of data is, so they don't know much to sign up for. The phones themselves aren't much help: Although they can tell you how much data you've consumed so far this month, they can't tell you which of your smartphone's myriad functions are responsible.
By contrast, a minute spent talking on the phone is easy to understand, and many people have learned roughly how many minutes they use every month.
For AT&T, the introduction of data caps has gone quite well, but some customers are complaining because their data usage reports are hard to decipher. AT&T says 90 percent of its customers on capped plans stay within the limits, but it won't say how much those who go over end up paying, on average.
Here's some help determining which plan will work for you, even if you don't know how many megabytes are in a gigabyte.
-- Less than 200 megabytes per month.
For those with feature phones who want a taste of the Web, Verizon will be offering a plan with 75 megabytes per month plan for $10 per month. But any plan with less than 200 megabytes per month should be considered mainly a tease.
Email, automatic software updates and other data consumption in the background will easily eat up 75 megabytes in a month. That could leave you paying $10 or more in overuse fees -- more than you would if you had chosen a more expensive plan to begin with. This plan sounds like Verizon's way of luring people to smartphones. Pick something like this, and pretty soon, you'll find you need a higher data cap.
-- 200 megabytes per month.
This is a popular size, offered by both AT&T ($15 per month) and T-Mobile ($10), but Verizon won't be offering it. When it introduced this plan, AT&T said 65 percent of its subscribers consumed less than 200 megabytes.
But that was a year ago. The average monthly data consumption for a smartphone user back then was 230 megabytes per month, according to an analysis of phone bills by The Nielsen Co. In the first quarter of this year, the figure had grown to 435 megabytes per month.
Cisco Systems Inc. has lower estimates than Nielsen: 153 megabytes per month last year and 245 megabytes this year. In any case, the message is clear: a plan that was big enough last year may not be big enough this year. Subscribers seem to be discovering more fun and data-consuming things to do on their phones.
It's still possible to get by on 200 megabytes per month. If you're a light user, stay away from heavy-usage applications such as online music streaming and Netflix video. Use Wi-Fi rather than the phone's cellular network as much as possible. Wi-Fi usage doesn't count toward your data limit.
-- 2 gigabytes per month.
This is AT&T's "standard" plan, for which it charges $25 per month. T-Mobile charges $20, and Verizon will charge $30. This will be enough for most people: Verizon said Tuesday that 95 percent of existing customers use less than this amount each month. And AT&T said last year that the plan would satisfy 98 percent of its smartphone users (that figure is undoubtedly lower today). If you like to stream online music or videoconference for hours on end, or watch Netflix movies, you'll blow past it.
-- 5 gigabytes per month.
Verizon will charge $50 for this tier, while T-Mobile charges $30. This would be for those who spend a lot of time on their phones. Laptop cards generally come with this data limit.
--10 gigabytes per month.
Those who intend to use a ton of data may gravitate to this plan, for which T-Mobile charges $60 and Verizon will be charging $80. While unnecessary for most smartphone users, this type of plan will give you plenty of data for streaming videos and music, uploading photos and surfing the Web.
What if you don't want to bother with any of this?
Sprint Nextel Corp. offers unlimited data, seeing it as a crucial way to keep and attract customers who are tempted by an iPhone at Verizon or AT&T.
However, offering an all-you-can-eat data buffet gets expensive. Sprint raised the fees for all its smartphones by $10 per month this winter to $30.
AP Technology Writer Rachel Metz in San Francisco contributed to this story
Source : Budgeting for wireless data on Verizon's new plans - Yahoo! Finance
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that man is an idiot, sprint used to cost 69.99 for unl data/txt and 450 mins to landlines, unl cell to cell

now if you have a smart phone you pay 10 dollars more... which now matches up with tmobiles pricing!!! zomg
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that man is an idiot, sprint used to cost 69.99 for unl data/txt and 450 mins to landlines, unl cell to cell

now if you have a smart phone you pay 10 dollars more... which now matches up with tmobiles pricing!!! zomg
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Hey TRS relax bro. I keep getting weird text from a 502 number. which looks like a metropcs number
Are you using Go SMS Pro?? I was getting weird text messages from a 502 number and it had a bunch of odd letters,numbers... and everytime I deleted one I received another, it even sent them to a few ppl when I sent them a text lol!! so I deleted Go SMS Pro and I havent received anything weird since I was just curious to know if it was Go SMS or if it was just a coincidence that I stopped receiving them after I deleted Go SMS.
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Are you using Go SMS Pro?? I was getting weird text messages from a 502 number and it had a bunch of odd letters,numbers... and everytime I deleted one I received another, it even sent them to a few ppl when I sent them a text lol!! so I deleted Go SMS Pro and I havent received anything weird since I was just curious to know if it was Go SMS or if it was just a coincidence that I stopped receiving them after I deleted Go SMS.
hey Shatter yeah i have Go Sms pro
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hey Shatter yeah i have Go Sms pro

I thought so... I think those text messages u have been receiving from that 502 number are caused by that app somehow and not from metro pcs. I was receiving them when I had that app installed and it was getting on my nerves so I deleted it and I haven't had a text from any weird numbers since then. I wasn't sure if it was actually the Go SMS Pro app or not, but then I seen ur post saying you were receiving them too and it can't be a coincidence that we both had that app installed and now that I deleted it, im no longer receiving them anymore.
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someone on the howardforums posted something about dish network is probaly getting ready to unleash their own cellphone company or provide spectrum for other cellphone providers they dont have a network that would be compatible with LTE but they could get that from elsewhere, and if they did decide to work as a cellphone provider it would put them in the lead on top of metropcs and i believe ahead of t-mobile.
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I thought so... I think those text messages u have been receiving from that 502 number are caused by that app somehow and not from metro pcs. I was receiving them when I had that app installed and it was getting on my nerves so I deleted it and I haven't had a text from any weird numbers since then. I wasn't sure if it was actually the Go SMS Pro app or not, but then I seen ur post saying you were receiving them too and it can't be a coincidence that we both had that app installed and now that I deleted it, im no longer receiving them anymore.
Those messages are not from GO SMS Pro
They are from metro, and are meant for brew phones.
If your previous phone was a brew phone, it intercepted those messages and interpreted them into the apps such as My Extras. Mobile Banking, Metro's email app and so forth.
If you still have one of those services on when you switch phones, you will "see" those messages as they are no longer intercepted on the phone, since android won't intercept them and will actually display metro's garbage.
If it gets annoying, you can call them and they will reset them for you, thereby eliminating them, or you can just wait until the system realizes that your phone is android and can't receive those messages (which seems to take a while, I have no idea why... )
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Well, I have to report, it didn't work for me. I of course tweaked uTorrent down to reasonable UL/DL limits, based on my connection. I didn't mess with a lot of settings other than that, but I couldn't get it to work on first try. Maybe I will try again some other time...

[details] I had my PC tethered via wifi to my phone, using uTorrent. Got the torrent to start in uTorrent, but then 0kb up or down on that torrent, nor any others for that matter. After leaving it run in the background for like 30 mins while checking email, surfing, IRC, etc. on PC, I gave up and shut down uTorrent.
I actually wanted to know this also. I was curious to know since this is my first tethered phone. Long story short, it worked but slow indeed. Surfed the web and what not and it was going great, I figured its working so I turned of tether and removed utorrent and what not.
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Those messages are not from GO SMS Pro
They are from metro, and are meant for brew phones.
If your previous phone was a brew phone, it intercepted those messages and interpreted them into the apps such as My Extras. Mobile Banking, Metro's email app and so forth.
If you still have one of those services on when you switch phones, you will "see" those messages as they are no longer intercepted on the phone, since android won't intercept them and will actually display metro's garbage.
If it gets annoying, you can call them and they will reset them for you, thereby eliminating them, or you can just wait until the system realizes that your phone is android and can't receive those messages (which seems to take a while, I have no idea why... )
So then its just a coincidence that I havent received one of those text since I deleted the Go SMS Pro, its been about 3days since I deleted it and havent had any issues? If so then im going to reinstall thanks for the INFO...
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As stated in the title, I got a call today (missed it actually, I was out of my truck at the time) from "METRO PCS" at 888-863-8768.

I was thinking maybe they were just going to give some recording with a promotional offer, maybe another message from Snoop, something like that... but then no message was left...

Now I just paid my bill the other day, so I don't think it had anything to do with that either...

So then my wheels started turning upstairs... Do you think they somehow know I am tethering or something and are on to me? Or am I just being really paranoid?

Did anyone else receive any calls from Metro recently? If so, did you answer? If so, what was it all about?

No need to worry I think. Metro started calling me about 12 hours after I activated my indulge. I finally answered the next day and it was just a survey about my new phone and the quality of service where I bought it.
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I thought so... I think those text messages u have been receiving from that 502 number are caused by that app somehow and not from metro pcs. I was receiving them when I had that app installed and it was getting on my nerves so I deleted it and I haven't had a text from any weird numbers since then. I wasn't sure if it was actually the Go SMS Pro app or not, but then I seen ur post saying you were receiving them too and it can't be a coincidence that we both had that app installed and now that I deleted it, im no longer receiving them anymore.
Thanks for the heads up Shatter
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That was a coincidence. I received those messages BEFORE customizing my phone all the time. Then I called metro and had them stop them altogether. If your previous phone was a "feature phone"such as the samsung caliber, then you can blame that for your pesky502 messages...
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That was a coincidence. I received those messages BEFORE customizing my phone all the time. Then I called metro and had them stop them altogether. If your previous phone was a "feature phone"such as the samsung caliber, then you can blame that for your pesky502 messages...

My last phone was the Freeform and I only had that for like 2months lmao!! And b4 that I had the Moto Rkr, would any of those two cause it? Im just going 2 reinstall it and see what happens.
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Yeah, the freeform being a brew phone. That's likely the culprit.
Just make sure next time to disable those pesky apps before switching phones... One would think metro could do it, seeing as they should know that we are not using the cr**py brew platform on the ANDROID indulge!!!
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Update: I use Google Voice that transcribes voice mail and sends me a transcript via e-mail and/or text, depending on one's settings. I just got a transcript of a partial message from the MetroPCS call. (I think I set up Google Voice to detect SPAM robo calls and to hang up automatically on detecting it is a computer calling.)

Anyway, the partial message was "Like to know what..." Definitely a sales call.

I added that number to my phone's "blacklist" feature, so I won't be those calls any longer.

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Today, February 28, 2012, I too got a call from 888.863.8768

As I do with any calls from numbers I don't recognize, I declined the call. I then entered the number into Google Search and found out it is MetroPCS.

They have called twice now in two hours.

Firstly, these are not collection calls. You can't go past due on a prepaid account because they simply cut off your phone for non-payment. That's why it is called "prepaid," you are pre paying for the next month.

Post-paid has collections because you have received the service and they are trying to collect payment for it.

I just said the above for those wondering if it is Metro Collections calling. It is not.

Anyway, once I knew it was Metro I knew they were calling for one of two reasons.

Firstly, I canceled my Metro account effective today. (I went to Straight Talk and its new service called "Straight Talk Sim" that allows you to use any GSM-based phone on their service, including any iPhone that's GSM.

Also, I got their new $45 monthly unlimited plan.

So I bought a mint used Samsung Galaxy S II AT&T i777 off eBay, and am using that on Straight Talk. Thing is, I am getting five bars on signal and that's better than any carrier I have ever had, here in my "bunker" residence. Also, speedtest.net shows I am getting 1.5 megabits download and 800K upload. I am fine with that for $45 unlimited.

Back to Metro, I think they are on an aggressive campaign to keep customers and get new ones. So the call is to save the account? The timing seems right for it to be that.

The other thing it could be is that I complained to MetroPCSRebates.com or something like that, that Metro did not ever give me my $100 rebate from my purchasing the LG Esteem back in October 2011. On the complaint/inquiry form I said that twice Metro promised the rebate issue would be fixed and it was not. So I told them they could keep the rebate and I would simply canceling the account.

Were they calling about my rebate complaint? I dunno, but I doubt it.
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Hey TRS relax bro. I keep getting weird text from a 502 number. which looks like a metropcs number
I was getting those 502 text for a little bit myself. I thought it was someone just trying to spam me or something but, if it is metropcs then I'm not going to worry about it.
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Well, I have to fess up. I was trying to see if I could DL a torrent (this was just the other night). I really wanted to watch a movie, and I was stuck somewhere, bored. lol Something I have spoken out against myself right here in these very forums. Well, FWIW, I wouldn't plan to make a habit out of it, and I kind of just wanted to see if it would work, I hadn't heard of anyone having any success with torrents over tether. So I thought I would give it a try...

Well, I have to report, it didn't work for me. I of course tweaked uTorrent down to reasonable UL/DL limits, based on my connection. I didn't mess with a lot of settings other than that, but I couldn't get it to work on first try. Maybe I will try again some other time...

[details] I had my PC tethered via wifi to my phone, using uTorrent. Got the torrent to start in uTorrent, but then 0kb up or down on that torrent, nor any others for that matter. After leaving it run in the background for like 30 mins while checking email, surfing, IRC, etc. on PC, I gave up and shut down uTorrent.

Well anyway, I wonder if that had anything to do with anything? Maybe not. But I gotta go, there are some black helicopters outside... lolz
Just thought you'd like to know...

First I started with barnicle... then accidently updated the metro easywifi crap, that killed the wifi hotspot..

didn't feel like total wipe of phone... so I usb tethered...

used a couple free tethering apps, they worked for http, but not torrents....Then the free tethering apps decided their 10day trial expires at 3 days (Download limit reached)...

so I got Easytether... Cracked that by downloading an older version which shows your phone code... then reinstalled new version, and put that code in... worked 10x times faster than the other POS programs...

then they eventually that didn't work... metro TOS... found you needed UA String moddifed just for initial http check.... after fixing UA String, you couldn't get into Netflix withough changeing your UAString back... but it worked... all you had to do is swap it back when you wanted netflix or any other site that requires it... otherwise you'll usually pull up a mobile version of their sites...

Eventually I figured out that you need "Forced Encription" on Utorrent to download torrents... worked perfect... prob got 30+ gigs in a month...

next month that didn't work... everytime I pulled up torrents, it would kick it out in a few minutes...

Changed Download limit to 75K,.... that fixed that problem...

Then Easytether stopped working... Back to TOS messages... and 4g shuts off down to 1g and wont come back for 10 minutes...

Finally frustrated, I Reset the phone back to my rooted version... Then Installed barnicle...

That fixed it all again... TOS Only pops up when you go to HTTP first... so I always check my mail first...

Then Barnicle started haveing issues... after about 10mb it resets the connection and barnicle doesn't work... I had to close and reopen Barnicle after ever 10-20 mb... fine for surfing but a pain for netflix or torrents...

Changed wifi tether to Open Garden... Much faster and workes great... back to 30+gb a month... still needs the torrent forced encription, and needs limit set to 75k... back to 30+gb a month...LOL

hope all that info helps everyone...
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I have always been able to download torrents thru utorrent via wifi tether. I usually get between 80kbs-160kbs depending on the seeds. I think your right about having to set your encryption to FORCED because I have always had mine forced and never had a problem (until the metro TOS message). I'm Wireless Tether for Root Users.
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As stated in the title, I got a call today (missed it actually, I was out of my truck at the time) from "METRO PCS" at 888-863-8768.

I was thinking maybe they were just going to give some recording with a promotional offer, maybe another message from Snoop, something like that... but then no message was left...

Now I just paid my bill the other day, so I don't think it had anything to do with that either...

So then my wheels started turning upstairs... Do you think they somehow know I am tethering or something and are on to me? Or am I just being really paranoid?

Did anyone else receive any calls from Metro recently? If so, did you answer? If so, what was it all about?
YOU ARE NOT BUSTED AND YOU CAN STOP FREAKING OUT.
THAT PHONE CALL FROM 8888638768 IS ONLY ASKING FOR YOUR OPINION ON YOUR RECENT VISIT TO METROPCS.
I PURCHASED A DIFFERENT PHONE FROM THEM YESTERDAY, AND I RECEIVED THE AUTOMATED SURVEY PHONE CALL TODAY.
YOU'RE SAFE FROM BLACK HELICOPTERS.
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YOU ARE NOT BUSTED AND YOU CAN STOP FREAKING OUT.
THAT PHONE CALL FROM 8888638768 IS ONLY ASKING FOR YOUR OPINION ON YOUR RECENT VISIT TO METROPCS.
I PURCHASED A DIFFERENT PHONE FROM THEM YESTERDAY, AND I RECEIVED THE AUTOMATED SURVEY PHONE CALL TODAY.
YOU'RE SAFE FROM BLACK HELICOPTERS.
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U realize this is an old thread lol. Just assuring u the subject in matter has been addressed and solved.
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