I realize the headline's overselling my tiny post, but it's seriously what I thought after reading this little piece of news from the New York Times' David Pogue (aka big-time tech journalist). It seems At&T has caved into customers' demands to get rid of that anachronistic advice at the tail end of outgoing voicemail messages: “To page this person, press five now.” Apparently, it cuts that pitch down from 12-to-15 seconds to 8.
Writes Pogue: "Wheels are turning at T-Mobile on this issue. Sprint already lets you eliminate the entire recording. Verizon, characteristically, refuses to respond."
It made me wonder, though: How else am I getting gouged?
• those extra charges that seem to pad every utility bill?
• those weighing scales for produce that, if you looked, appear to start at 1/4 pound?
• Metrocards that don't evenly give you a certain number of rides for a whole amount, so that you're left with cards that have extra an extra 25 cents on them when the fare is 10 times that?
The things that make you go, hmm ...