I have a cell phone, but it's really just for emergencies. I don't even have one of your basic plans with a certain number of minutes every month because that is one of those expanses I thought we could do without for now. I rarely use my cell phone. So...my plan is a pay-as-you-go type of plan. I pay 25 cents/minute. If I get a call from a number I don't know...I don't answer because I don't want to pay 25 cents to tell somebody they've got the wrong number.
As luck would have it (insert a shaking head with a slight chuckle here)...my cell phone number is exactly the same number as a phone number for Fidelity Investments...the only difference is...theirs has a 1-800 in front of it.
You would be amazed how many people miss that whole 1-800 thing, they just dial the last 7 digits like they would a local call. And when they do...they get my voice mail (because I don't answer their call - because I don't know their phone number)...and they leave me a message...about their investments...and their accounts!!!
Let me assure you that my voicemail greeting does not say, "Hello, you've reached Fidelity Investments. We are currently assisting other people who are scared stiff by the current economical climate. Please leave us a message and we will get back to you sometime after the crisis has abated because, quite frankly we're scared stiff too!" I have thought about changing my greeting to reflect these sentiments, but have decided against it for the time being.
My greeting does not mention Fidelity Investments at all...it actually sounds like this - "Hi, this is Leslie you can leave me a message if you want to, but I usually don't have my cell phone with me and if I don't recognize your number I won't answer even if I do have it with me ... Call me at home if you really want to talk." OK...maybe it's not that long...maybe it's more like, "Hi, this is Leslie, feel free to leave a message."
So...if you called a number for a bank, investment group or (really) any kind of business and you got a voicemail with a greeting that said..."Hi, this is Leslie..."would you really leave a message about your accounts? Or would you check the number you dialed first? Or what?
Should I just change my phone number? I feel bad for these people.
What would you do? Discuss...