- Oct 28, 2007
- Reaction score
- Political Leaning
A man targeted by marketing companies is making money from cold calls with his own higher-rate phone number.
In November 2011 Lee Beaumont paid £10 plus VAT to set up his personal 0871 line - so to call him now costs 10p, from which he receives 7p.
Because he works from home, Mr Beaumont has been able to increase his revenue by keeping cold callers talking - asking for more details about their services.
He admitted the scheme had changed his attitude, saying: "I want cold calls", and that he had moved on to encouraging companies to make contact. Link.
There's actually a serious side to this because there is supposed to be a registry you can phone and register your number so you don't get annoying phone calls from cold sellers. The registry doesn't always work and sometimes you may have to renew your registration.
Anyhow, this guy turned the tables beautifully. More of us should do this.