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Been using The Neighborhood or SBC unlimited for the last 5 years now. sm

Posted By: Long-time MT on 2005-12-19
In Reply to: That is the response they all give you to get you - sure

I was NOT talking to a telemarketer at SBC.  I originally talked to one (I assume) when I called, but when I explained what I was using it for, I talked with his supervisor.  As long as I am accessing voice files and NOT using it for faxing, accessing the internet, or other "computer to computer" things, it is fine.  I have not had any hassle, except for once, and then when I called and talked to them and changed to a business line, I was fine. 

Hope you have better luck than you have so far.  :-)

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I started a neighborhood watch a couple of years ago...sm
we were having similar problems to what you're having and they're gone now. Here's what worked for us. I gave every home in the subdvision a flier asking anyone that was interested in forming a neighborhood watch to come to an organization meeting and made the meeting a week later and on a week night, and gave my phone # in the event someone was interested but couldn't attend then. Out of 150 homes in my subdivision we had 40 people show up and 20 called expressing interest.

Everyone had the same complaints on the same "problem" homes and as a group we decided that each time the noise level was high enough to hear outside of the vehicle or house that we'd call the police. We all alternated placing those calls so the police department didn't think it was just 1 person complaining. The police department agreed to increase the patrols for our subdivision at all hours of the day and night and just having people see them ride through every few hours helped significantly cut down on the problems.

Over time the people that were causing problems either put their houses up for sale or moved out of the rental home and left when they saw that we neighbors insisted on a peaceful and quiet living area. It worked! When these problem homes left the problems with the trash thrown on the roads left as well.

In addition we were having some problems with some of the youth hanging out walking the streets at all hours and it was making some of the residents nervous, especially when the youth were walking through yards. So, we told the youth to stick to the roads, ask permission before cutting through yards to find out who cared and didn't care if they walked through them, and one of the men placed a basketball goal at the end of one of the cul-dec-sacs for the kids to play basketball after the neighbors in the cul-dec-sac agreed it would be fine. It worked - some of them started playing basketball there and they honored requests of homeowners that didn't want them walking on their yards.

Good luck to you!
Their unlimited plans aren't really unlimited, which is

the problem.  Their limit is 5000 minutes and if you work full-time you'll need approximately 10,000 minutes. 

There have been several people who have received enormous bills from AT&T because they deemed their use as inappropriate. 

I'd definitely get it verified with a supervisor (to use for MT) before signing up because if you look at the fine print on MCI's neighborhood it says for voice calling only and there is a 5000-minute limitation. 
MCI - The Neighborhood
I never ever had a problem with them. My girlfriend tried AT&T, but when they saw how long she was on the phone - they started charging her.
Try Ebay.. in the $500 neighborhood there..nm
cops in neighborhood
Thankfully, in my community we DO watch out for the neighbors.  Don't spend all day gawking at their business but we do notice strangers, strange cars and have no qualms with calling the dispatcher if something seems out of sync.  You don't have to call 911 just the dispatcher.
We had a dog adopt us. Never saw in the neighborhood

before, no collar.  I took to our vet to scan for a microchip and doesn't have one.  Vet won't keep the dog because it needs all shots, which we can't afford to do.  Dog is a lab and we have no place to keep her, plus we have a dog who is not tolerant of another dog and has chronic medical problems.   We feed/water the dog and are providing it with a warm place to sleep, though it is a very small space and not suitable for long-term.

I have notified all the vets in our area, called the shelter, sent e-mails to all residents with e-mail addy in our community, placed an ad in our local newspaper and placed signs at major neighborhood intersections.   There has been no ad in the paper looking for a dog, no signs, no one appears to be looking for her.  What do you think is an appropiate amount of time to keep her before we try to find her a new home?   She is just the sweetest dog and we have all fallen in love with her, but cannot provide for her.  We find it difficult to believe that no one appears to be looking for her.   DH says she is very conscious of cars like she is searching for "the one" and feels like she was dumped.   I can't/won't take her to the pound, although due to her personality we feel she will be adopted immediately. 

We're too close to the situation to be objective. 


I also live in a neighborhood where
people let their dogs run loose. There are two dogs in particular that I am actually afraid of and I don't like to let my 7y/o go outside and play if those dogs are anywhere around. I have called Animal Control about them before and they said that if the dogs weren't on my property there wasn't anything they would do about it. So, exactly what is Animal Control there for anyway? They told me I would have to catch the dogs and restrain them somehow and then call them and they would come and pick them up. I'm sorry, but I'm not going near those dogs. It's ridiculous!
Sounds like my neighborhood...sm
And the same situation.....now that it doesn't back up in our house, the neighbors down the road are all getting it!  You wouldn't believe the things that I saw...it was just disgusting, and I'll never forget that SMELL!  It was a real nightmare.  Hubby was out of town and I was home alone with 2 small kids....I sure would like to move but just can't seem to find the time or money to do that, and then top that with off with potential problems of selling this house....any suggests?  Oh, I am bumbed now....but I am happy we could help you out!!  I think you have made a wise decision in not buying the house!
There would be two dead pit bulls in my neighborhood
If this happened to me.  What if this was a child.  I can't believe no one does anything about this in your community. 
The teenaged girls in my neighborhood are

having a race to see who can have the most babies.  It's horrible.  They think of the babies as little pets or dolls, then dump them on their mothers to go out and party.  None of the girls has a high school education, job, driver's license or anything.  They have police records, too.  Four of the girls were over here one day wanting to use my phone, and one of them wanted me to feel her stomach to see if I thought she was pregnant.  She was disappointed later when she found out she wasn't.  I got onto soapbox mode telling them to finish their education or at least get a GED so they could support those babies.  Life's not easy being a young, uneducated mother.  They use the excuse that they have bad home lives, they just want someone to love them, they'll get a regular income with WIC, foodstamps, and welfare checks, or maybe even get their own house when low income apartments become available.  My goodness, their thinking is so messed up.  They don't even have a single clue in their little heads.  This isn't even the inner city.

I keep telling my boys to stay away from girls.  Save it for marriage or you're going to get trapped into fatherhood.

I've had that happen in my neighborhood too!

It's a bit scary when you can't even get home because of the cops!

In a rich neighborhood in the 'burbs
north of where I live they have fixed the funky paint problem with some kind of zoning ordinance -- people can only use colors on an approved list of "historic" colors.

I think that other people who live in the same neighborhood
also bought their homes and paid good money for them. They have the right to look out their window that they OWN and not be forced to look across the street at Bozo's Big Top.
Any neighborhood watch people?

I am thinking of starting a neighborhood watch in my area but was wondering if people really want to get involved.  I know this would depend on my neighbors, but for the most part do people care?  The main problem I am having with my neighborhood is that down the street there is a section of what would be called *low income rental units* which are actually just one bedroom tiny houses, and the people who rent there just do not care about the neighborhood, the noise level, the litter, so on. 

The main problem I am having is noise.... It comes from about three car stereos and there is really no way to pinpoint it unless you physically sit at the end of the street and get the make and license # of the car.  The noise ends about 3:00 a.m. and starts up again about 7:00 a.m.  I have phoned the police several times regarding this, but what can they do really if they don't know what car it is coming from?  They said they can drive by the block a few extra times a night, but really that has done no good.  I have had to start taking sleeping pills and wearing ear plugs to even get some sleep lately, but the noise is still so loud it sounds like thunder, and I cannot believe somebody who lives right next to that noise does not call it in to the police.  That is why I question whether people actually want to get involved.  I can only call the police so many times myself before they think I am crazy and am hearing things. 

As for the littering, it is not just bottles and cans, it is pieces of furniture that nobody wants anymore and they push it out to the curb hoping it will magically disappear.  It doesn't disappear, and I'm getting embarassed to have any friends over to my house because they have to pass that area before reaching my end of the street. 

As for starting the neighborhood watch, would I just basically go door to door and see what kind of response I would get?  Has anybody else had a noise problem like this, and does it ever get better if people complain, or does that just make it worse?  Thanks for any input.  I'm just so tired and grouchy lately, I hate to even be at home anymore and this is making me depressed. 

I hired a neighborhood teen (sm)
I had my children at home, and hired a responsible neighborhood teenager. I worked part-time during the day with the sitter and then a couple of hours in the evenings when my husband got home. This was much cheaper than day care plus I got to take breaks and see my child and if my children skinned a knee or were really upset, I could take a break and take care ofYou need a backup in case the sitter is unavailable. It worked really well for me. Even better if you know another mom nearby with a child your chid could play with. Don't be fooled though - it is challenging and you will be tired, but was worth it to me :-)
find a teen in your neighborhood to sit for a few hours (nm)
I had the same problem. Our neighborhood is very close and there are a lot of homes.
I looked up the neighbor's phone number after I saw her name in tax records.  I called her and told her I was a neighbor and that her dogs were disturbing the peace. I told her she may not realize it but some people were sick or had small children who were resting at various times of the time and she could not leave her dog barking all day long.  I told her we were all talking about calling the police (which I had already done to establish the law and found out you cannot leave a barking dog in your yard in our neighborhood no matter what time it is according to the police) but I decided to phone her instead of bringing the police in at this point because she may not be aware of the dog's disturbing others.  She said thank you for calling and the dog has been brought in when it barks to go in.  Find out the guidelines from your local police department.  A barking dog is disturbing the police no matter what time of the day it is.
I live in a quiet country neighborhood sm
but it is 6 a.m. and the birdies have started waking up. So loud!!
Neighborhood watches are a good idea in general I think, but...
...how will it help with noise? I suppose it could help with the furniture dumping (since your neighbors would be on the lookout), but do you think it would be helpful with the noise problem?

It certainly couldn't hurt. I say go for it.
I moved out of a high crime, mainly Hispanic neighborhood, and now...
I was so thrilled, I almost got mugged one night going to the mailbox, then within 6 months my company changed everything on me and I am barely hanging on rent wise. I sure know what you are going through.
Our neighborhood is all women's names - Robin Ln., Julia Dr. Must be the worker's ladies! :) n
I use MCI unlimited
Had checked into vonage but if your cable goes out no phone and u would have to rely on cell phone don't want to do that in my rural area.
I currently use SBC for unlimited LD ... sm

When I signed up, they told me that I couldn't use it for telemarketing, faxing, or connecting to the internet.  Fine ... then 6 months later they tell me I have broken the rules. 

However, there is a happy ending.  I just switched to a business line with them.  They have an unlimited plan for business which is $49.95/month (at least here in Kansas), plus tax and of the extra charges that get tacked on.  I specifically told them that I used it to call in to Maryland to access a dictation system and transcribe, and after talking with a manager, he assured me it was okay.  He did say that it will still probably get flagged as "high usage," but they would put a note on my account.

Hope this helps.  I have also used MCI's The Neighborhood, and they never gave me any flack about what it was used for -- I was assured that "unlimited meant unlimited." 


Good luck!

No, unlimited is not really unlimited. They know
They know exactly how long each call was.  I was able to use SBC (which is AT&T long distance) about six weeks before they sent me "the letter."  Now I am switching to Road Runner (Time Warner Cable) digital phone with unlimited LD.
Regarding unlimited LD.
I apologize because I've asked for advice about this here before, but I'm really trying to nail down a plan and just have a few more questions.  I need this for a Lanier account so I'll be using lots of minutes.  I've read about the "unlimited" plans not being so 'unlimited' as in people are getting dropped or charged for going over x amount of minutes.  So my questions are these.  Is there any way I can keep my local phone service but add a LD carrier?  If so, what are best and where can I find them?  Also, I've been looking into phone 'cards.'  I've tried One Suite which is 2.9 cpm.  Good but not a great rate considering how many minutes I'll be using.  I've found Penny Talk online and they're 1 cpm.  Has anyone heard of or tried them?  Of course 1 cpm would be great.  They do charge a connection fee of 69 cents, I believe, but even with that and connecting once or twice a day, I'm thinking that would still be cheaper than 2.9 cpm.  Any help is SO appreciated.  I'm just muddling through trying to figure out how to do this and it be of minimal cost to me.  At this point I think the $25/month unlimited LD is probably not an option (with the amount of minutes I'll be using, they'll probably catch on), so even something that's in addition to my regular phone service but even $50/month would be better than phone cards.  Thanks again for any help!
Not again~Unlimited LD

I need unlimited LD to do my work.  We switched to MCI because AT&T wouldn't allow it. BEFORE we switched to MCI, we had a detailed discussion w/them outlining in great detail exactly WHAT I do and HOW I do it, and that I use a lot of LD minutes.  THis was about 8 or so months ago.  Today I get a letter in the mail saying they've realized we're using it for nonresidential purposes and will cut off our LD.  DH is on the phone arguing up a storm with them since THEY okayed this!  Are there ANY other plans out there aside from a phone card?  Does cable telephone work with MDI-MD phone lines?  I'm so discouraged and frankly, quite worried.  The phone cards can get expensive fast and I HAVE to work.  Money is super tight for us right now and I can't afford to lose so much as a day of work.  Thanks for any help. 

Unlimited LD
Our local cable company offers digital phone service for a flat $39.95 a month and LD is unlimited. If you use cable internet, your cable company probably offers the same thing.
I have never been asked to show a receipt at Walmart. Is the Walmart you shop in a bad neighborhood
And the expensive stuff has an alarm on it for the cashier to take off. No receipt check. Just a greeter saying good-bye.
Sure, you can use it if you don't have unlimited LD. In fact, they will sm

set you up with an account and just deduct it out of your check, if you'd like.  Or, at least they used to offer that option.  I'm not sure now.  I have unlimited LD with SBC, so it is not an issue for me anymore.

ATT/SBC has an unlimited package. sm
We use it on 10 lines in our office. It runs $54.99 (or something close to that) every month. It is called Total Solutions or Complete Solutions. You have to ask as they do not offer it unless you ask.
Unlimited LD Service - sm
I use Verizon Freedom.  I am wondering if anyone who uses this service and has had it for quite a while has had any problems with them, as in not wanting to cover their usage or receiving an expected phone bill for usage.  I use about 8 hours per day. 
Netzero.com Unlimited LD
I have this available though have not yet used it. Netzero.com is an internet service provider $9.95 a month. They also have different plan levels depending on your needs from no charge for 50 minute (Ithink it is) to 14.95 a month unlimited.  You need to have them as your internet service provider though. I have not really read up on all the details, but didn't notice charging for minutes or whatever. It is good for phone-to-phone, PC-to-phone etc.  Go to Google and type in netzero.com
Also need C-phone; don't know about unlimited LD.
And this is for unlimited LD for business use?
Do you have a guess about how many minutes they allow you to use? I mean, the so-called unlimited really isn't and when asked they will admit that. I just want to know what to ask for when I call. Thank you!
Does anyone know of a truly unlimited long

distance plan that doesn't involve VoIP?   I'm in the southeast.  I have unlimited LD with BellSouth, but unlimited to them and unlimited to me isn't the same thing and I've heard about the nightmares others have had with the $500 phone bills.  

I've googled and googled and not finding much information about reliable companies that may offer this. 

Transcription Unlimited



Anyone work for or are familiar with Transcription Unlimited? How much do they pay and what are the transcription systems they use?




Still have unlimited with Sprint.
Last time I checked I was close to 6 GB, but I do watch all my TV online.
I have unlimited for my aircard -sm
I asked about a cheaper plan but I exceed anything they offer and need the unlimited. I am on my aircard probably 12+ hours a day though. I am not downloading files constantly but I do stay online so I can google, look up addresses, etc. I average 100-120 minutes of work a day.
I came from low level neighborhood. I know the effects low level people have on a child's
mind. I fought very hard to get out of there. If you think narrow-minded high-horse thinking people are the only ones who are making trailer park comments, YOU ARE DEAD WRONG. I know white trash people who live for the weekend to get drunk and party and make just enough to get by. I am educated in the "real world" and whether you like it or not, the "real world" doesn't want to be anywhere near a trailer park for real or imagined reasons and does ostracize trailer park people along with ghetto people and section 8 people. Crime, drugs, do come from low income housing. BTW, people are outraged at black-on-black ghetto crime. That does not happen in higher working class black neighborhoods. Same deal with white trash people. Low class white people get drunk fight and end up in jail. If you read the newspaper or watch it on TV over the weekend, you know what I am talking about. Crime, drugs, etc is rarely an ONGOING problem in upper class neighborhoods because most of these people have goals for the future. Lower class neighborhoods and low class people are what they are because that's what the people in the neighborhoods settle for.
Quest has a $25.00 unlimited small
business plan that is very good.  It is $20 for residential, but to be on the safe side, I got the business plan. 
Unlimited long distance...

I know it's been asked before here, and I am searching the archives for info, but wondering if any new feedback about good, cheap, unlimited long distance plans that won't hassle you about using it for transcription, about 6000 to 8000+ minutes per month?  Oh, in the California area.


Does anyone use SBC for unlimited long distance
for transcribing?  What do you pay if I might ask? Do they hassle you about using it fulltime?  Looking into it before I call and inquire about.
AT &T and other co offer unlimited plans

We have an unlimited longdistace plan with AT&T for only $35 monthly I know there are a few other companies that also offer these type of plans. I would definitlly check into them if I had to pay longdistance charges.

California Transcriptions Unlimited...SM
No schedule, no line commitment.  They presently have an ad on the Job Seeker's Board.  All radiology. 
Transcriptions Unlimited Denver?sm
In Vegas now, but from Colorado Springs. Miss Colorado too.
Need unlimited LD for C-phone in WA, suggestions?
thanks in advance! 
Unlimited Long Distance.
What are the best ULD companies and plans out there that are MT friendly? I've heard horror stories! TIA
unlimited long distance
I imagine this has been discussed, so please excuse me, but can anyone steer me in the right direction for a good unlimited long distance service? I have an offer that uses a C-phone and unlimited long distance- I haven't a clue. I appreciate any information. Thanks.
Unlimited long distance
Check out ACC Business on the internet. I have been using them for 6 years. It's the small business service from AT&T and less than 3 cents a minute.
Try it, you'll thank me!
unlimited long distace
MCI has a plan that you can add to your existing local plan. I've had it a while. When I got it, I it was $12.95 per month. I'm not sure if it's available in your area, they also have plans with local and long distance together at a pretty good rate.