Last week I had a request from a lady to see property in a city that was some distance away. Upon trying to call her back for a day or two I kept getting this extremely annoying and rude message, "The person at this number is not accepting calls at this time."
Again and again I heard it. When she called me back she said she'd had phone problems and we tentatively had a time to look. But for two more days when calling her I got that message. "The person at this number is not accepting calls at this time."
I finally said, "Shove it! I'm not calling anymore."
Today when I got home my husband was demanding a reason why I didn't answer my phone. I replied that I'd received no calls. He said that he'd called me on my phone, at my office and was beginning to think I'd been kidnapped. (I did notice here that he had not reported me missing. Surely he wasn't secretly hoping I'd gone missing?)
He said, "Here, just listen to this stupid message I got!"
My phone respone said, "The person at this number is not accepting calls at this time." Rudely, he thought.
OMG! OMG! What has happened to my phone??
Well, upon investigating I discovered that my phone had been TURNED OFF for lack of bill payment! My phone!!!
Me!!!!!!!! Miss Dependable USA had her phone turned off for lack of payment!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
No! I've got to get my phone on. There's a mistake! After hours (seemed like) on the phone I figured out the problem. When I took my phone away from a corporate account to a personal account they naturally changed my account number. I use on-line bill pay and never thought about changing the account number that I was paying. So my new account never received payment. I was putting money down a dry hole and I didn't pay my real bill.
They shut me off with no warning! Miss Dependable USA messed up!
It's on again. I doubt that I missed a lot of calls but I now understand why that ugly message is given. And I understand the panic many people must feel as they get squeezed at bill-paying time.