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Bamboo Shoots under Fingernails? No, too good for this guy.

Whoever invented this psychotic "feature" for cell phones to play music at callers while they wait for some idiot to answer the damn phone should be tortured within an inch of his or her life many times over. This is the most irritating thing about cell phones that I have come across! (And I used to be a barista at Starbucks, epicenter of cell phone faux pas.)

Does anyone know who invented this insanity? And the address of said person?

TOPICS: Grabass
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Brilliant work, inspector Lundberg. When you...

Brilliant work, inspector Lundberg.

When you say "misused," can you identify a legitimate use for such a thing? I'm even willing to be pretty lax in my definition of "legitimate" for the purpose of this discussion. The only thing I could come up with was if I could create my own. Then, my mobile would do something like:

*ring* once. "Hi, this is [Name] of [Business]. Your call is currently ringing. For immediate access and contact information, visit [Website]."

That is about the only thing that would make such a service appeal to me. I could see putting promo info for my business on a ringback tone. Something like: "Your call is ringing. Be sure to ask about July. It's free kitten month!"

OT: (As if the post wasn't anyway!) I'm really glad Merlin put up this Grabass forum. It only took me about two seconds to go, "Where could I gritch about this and have people actually read/hear/understand/sympathize? Grabass, of course!"




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