By Ilya Kochanov
Contributing Writer, [GAS]
If you’ve ever signed up for a credit card or magazine subscription, chances are you now receive unwanted phone calls from annoying automated response systems.
As any phone phreak knows, a large portion of the telephone system still functions via tones, such as those you hear after each digit while dialing a number. Up until the late 90’s, specific tones –when played into the receiver– would even allow you to make free calls.
Today, a tone is available for you to play via your MP3 player or answering machine to deter robotic phone solicitors from calling ever again. You’re probably familiar with it already, as it plays whenever you reach a nonexistent number. Basically, whenever a robot calls and hears the tone, your number is erased from the calling list. The infamous boop – BOOP – BOOP.
Ah yes, onomatopoeia at its best!