An hour later, I get another no-ID call. Again, it's MCI. I'm a valuable customer, she tells me. I've been one since June of 2000. That's laughable. My average LD bill (including their standard monthly fee and taxes) is less than $10. Once I had a bill over $30, it was a very busy month. I don't make a lot of long-distance calls. I'm not home a lot, and e-mail is far more convenient. But still, they think I'm valuable. So valuable that she says they're going to reduce my phone bill! She just needs to know how much my bills are currently. I tell her I don't know, I don't have the numbers in front of me. Okay, is it over $50?
"Wait a minute, are you asking me to change my local telephone carrier?" Yes, she is. "I just had a conversation with your people about this an hour ago." Oh, she's sorry. Yeah, I'll bet she is.
If this happens again, miles be damned, I'm switching back to the Death Star.