Free Calls on Cell Phone Displays

look at this dorky 80's kidA few weeks ago I was in Office Max for one reason or another. I ended up at the counter where they display PDAs and cell phones. I came across the Samsung palm/phone and I ended up playing around with it’s Palm features for while, comparing it to my own Kyocera palm/phone, which isn’t quite as nice as the new Samsung.

As I was setting the phone back down to go play with the other items, I was surprised to see a sign under the phone encouraging customers to make phone calls on it so they could see what a nice phone it was. So I stood there for 45 minutes, calling random numbers all over the country for free. I called the PLA Voice Bridge, Curtis Lee Jones, a few friends, and a few enemies. Then I called my own cell phone so I could get the phone number to the display phone.

A few minutes later, I was sitting in an office display chair behind an office display desk, pestering all the customers who walked by the cell phones with my phone calls to the Samsung phone. I had a clear view of the display counter so I could yell at them for answering a store phone, make fun of their clothing or pretend to be a sales rep. trying to sell them a the phone. I convinced a few people to hand the phone to other people in the store. “Yes, my uncle should be there looking at cameras and he’s wearing a blue shirt and a white hat. Just hand him the phone. Thanks.”

Hours later when I was at home, people playing with the display phone starting calling ME on my cell phone since I never bothered blocking my caller ID. I recognized the number when they called and went into an automated sales pitch. “Press 1 if you’d like me to tell you about some of the kickass features on this bitch.” One person fell for it and I took him through a maze of automated options until I ran out of things to say and admitted that I was just screwing with him.

There were a few things that I didn’t even think to try with the phone while I was at the store. It had Sprint PCS service on it, which means that the phone most likely had call forwarding on it since that’s an included feature when you sign up. I could have forwarded the cell phone’s calls to the PLA Voice Bridge so I’d have my own local dialup to the bridge. And I doubt anyone at the store would ever even notice that. I’m definitely going to go back later this week and try that out. And I’ll keep you all posted on the new midwest dial-in number for the bridge.


Brad Carter

I run this town.

6 thoughts on “Free Calls on Cell Phone Displays

  • August 26, 2007 at 11:14 am

    hi can you help me get my ex husbands text messaging back on thanks joan my email address is you seem like a mart ass and i need some help in that i can’t think of any ways to do this

  • January 17, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    i did somthing like that an got so many text messages i had 2 change my number

  • January 25, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    So you have heard of Kevin M., Capt. Crunch, and obviously the Woz.
    You remind me of Kevin, for the S.E. skills, with a touch of the Woz for the pranks. Keep up the good work! You are enriching the lives of your victims by making the everyday and mundane interesting and unique.

    Shake it up…


  • June 24, 2008 at 9:01 pm

    I have heard alot of disturbing things about Rick Gibbey and his cohort Mr. Hardee. These two thugss are responsible for the demise of the company. The sooner they are investigated for the mis-managing and the covering up of numerious issues, the better the company will survive a wave of legal issues.

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