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    Blocked 1-800-free411

    Anyone know why Alltel blocked 1800free411, other than for profit reasons?

    The service works on VZW and on my local Bellsouth landline, so is there really a technical reason for the it not working on alltel?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gueido
    Anyone know why Alltel blocked 1800free411, other than for profit reasons?

    The service works on VZW and on my local Bellsouth landline, so is there really a technical reason for the it not working on alltel?
    More then likely, however this sux!

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    I just used 800-555-1212 yesterday...

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    Wow.. I've been a happy Alltel customer for awhile now, but this REALLY makes me mad. I use free-411 all the time.

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    Hmm, block and destroy anything resembling competition. Good to see the spirit of Western Wireless didn't die with the merger...

    The World's WORST Phone Company has only contaminated another company once considered good (Alltel). And here I was hoping the opposite would happen.

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    Has anyone tried calling customer support about this? I plan on it when I get home.

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    FWIW, I posted my initial thoughts on this here.

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    Y'know, I'm used to hysterical 14-year-old ******** on the internet, but this is exceptional. Never before in human history have so many nerds hyperventilated so publicly over so little.

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    I just tried to call the number.

    Alltel gave me a call cannot be completed as dialed, sprint let it go through, WW let it go through and my SBC land line let it go through.

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    That's regular Directory Assistance. What's being discussed here is a horse of a different color - different company.

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    to see how it works see: http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/nothing/free411.asp

    the company’s website is: http://www.free411.com/index.htm

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    It was blocked due to compeditors SPAM messages while waiting to connect...Check out the Terms and Conditions

    Services Provided by Third Parties:
    The Services will be provided either by us or by our third party vendors or contractors. We reserve the right to change or modify the source of any Services provided to you without notice.

    Unauthorized Use of Third Party Services:
    You agree that the mobile phone on which your Alltel Service is activated may not be used to access any third-party services equivalent to Services provided, or Services made available, by Alltel even if you declined to purchase such Services from Alltel. Your mobile phone contains programming designed to enable access to Alltel Services only. Using any manual or electronic means to circumvent any restrictions placed on your mobile phone or to modify without authorization any programming supplied on your phone is a violation of your Agreement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DocFong
    It was blocked due to compeditors SPAM messages while waiting to connect...Check out the Terms and Conditions

    Services Provided by Third Parties:
    The Services will be provided either by us or by our third party vendors or contractors. We reserve the right to change or modify the source of any Services provided to you without notice.

    Unauthorized Use of Third Party Services:
    You agree that the mobile phone on which your Alltel Service is activated may not be used to access any third-party services equivalent to Services provided, or Services made available, by Alltel even if you declined to purchase such Services from Alltel. Your mobile phone contains programming designed to enable access to Alltel Services only. Using any manual or electronic means to circumvent any restrictions placed on your mobile phone or to modify without authorization any programming supplied on your phone is a violation of your Agreement.
    That's quite a stretch there. If that is true, then they also can prohibit you from calling AAA (or your local garage), as they "provide" Mr Rescue. I think it's intended to prevent you from setting your phone up for Free WAP, some method for making free calls on the cell network, or items such as that, where you have to modify the phone in some manner to get it to work.

    However, IANAL, but I can tell you this. If that is how they want to interpret it, and they feel they can block any number they feel like just because it is a "competitor" to their offered service, they won't be getting any more of my money when my contract is up...

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    Here's what others on other forums are saying about switching to Alltel:
    "I was planning too when my Verizon contract was up, but I would now ABSOLUTELY NEVER consider Alltel without a major public apology - they're NOW BLOCKING CALLS TO THE 1-800 NUMBER OF A LEGITIMATE BUSINESS BECAUSE THEY COMPETE WITH THEM... It's crazy."

    Sad...

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    Quote Originally Posted by djjim
    Here's what others on other forums are saying about switching to Alltel:
    "I was planning too when my Verizon contract was up, but I would now ABSOLUTELY NEVER consider Alltel without a major public apology - they're NOW BLOCKING CALLS TO THE 1-800 NUMBER OF A LEGITIMATE BUSINESS BECAUSE THEY COMPETE WITH THEM... It's crazy."

    Sad...
    Why don't you complain about not being able to dial 900 numbers next.

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    Quote Originally Posted by enigmaaz
    Why don't you complain about not being able to dial 900 numbers next.
    I was quoteing someone from another forum...those are not my words! Pay attention! My point is that this is bad pr for Alltel! I want Alltel to succeed! They need every sub they can get or they will be eaten up alive by Cingular and Vzw, but crap like this is not going to help!

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