So, please, tell me- what’s the deal with unlisted telephone numbers?
What exactly are people with unlisted numbers scared of? Stalkers? Crazy ex-boyfriends? Telephone salespeople? Daleks? The Russian Mafia? Greenpeace? Heavy breathers?
Let me list the ways in which your having an unlisted number is annoying to me:
- First of all I can’t see who is calling. This is very irritating, in case you are somebody I want to avoid.
- It gives you a feeling of superiority – oh, you can’t show me your number, for some reason or another, because you have earth-shattering secrets to protect, and will therefore make my life just that bit more difficult.
- It takes away the whole point of having a telephone number – of allowing people to reach you.
- And if I get a mobile number, and want to check who it is, or verify that it is correct – well, I just can’t, because that person is PRIVATE, UNLISTED and DOES NOT EXIST TO MERE MORTALS LIKE ME.
Well here’s a tip to all the unlistables out there – if you find yourself being harassed by people who you have given your mobile number to, then try this – just BE CAREFUL who you give your mobile number to! And don’t take sweets from strangers either.
My mobile number is fully listed, and has been the same one for 10 years. And yes, I get a telephone seller once in a while, but generally not. Because I think it is useful if people can find me.
And I haven’t had a heavy breather yet either. Not even one, dammit.