N1120A
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I Just Got A Call From Richard Branson

Sat Dec 17, 2005 8:06 am

Ok so I just got a call in the form of a recorded advertisment from Sir Richard Branson. He wished me a happy holidays and told me about Virgin's great deals on flights from Boston to Heathrow. First, how did VS know I was in Boston, given that my mobile phone is a California number? Second, has anyone else recieved such a call?
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RE: I Just Got A Call From Richard Branson

Sat Dec 17, 2005 8:10 am

Phone Call From Richard Branson (by VSLover Dec 16 2005 in Non Aviation)
 
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RE: I Just Got A Call From Richard Branson

Sat Dec 17, 2005 8:10 am

Do you normally book flights from Boston? Wonder who they paid for that information- talk about some data mining!
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RE: I Just Got A Call From Richard Branson

Sat Dec 17, 2005 8:12 am

Actually, it looks like a friend set this thing up.
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RE: I Just Got A Call From Richard Branson

Sat Dec 17, 2005 8:12 am

I just got an e-mail today asking me if I wanted to get that call - I'm signed up for VS promotion e-mails, but not a member of the FF program, so they don't have my phone number. (My last flight on VS was about 5 years ago.)

I'm guessing you belong to the FF program, or have flown VS recently, and everyone like you is getting the calls automatically. And in either case, they'd have your Boston address from that and are basing the call content on your address rather than your area code.
 
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RE: I Just Got A Call From Richard Branson

Sat Dec 17, 2005 8:16 am

Quoting ExFATboy (Reply 4):
I'm guessing you belong to the FF program, or have flown VS recently, and everyone like you is getting the calls automatically.

I don't belong to Flying Club and have not flown Virgin since June 22nd 2004

Quoting ExFATboy (Reply 4):
And in either case, they'd have your Boston address from that and are basing the call content on your address rather than your area code.

My Boston address is on absolutely none of my information. Most things are in Los Angeles, all others are New Orleans
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RE: I Just Got A Call From Richard Branson

Sat Dec 17, 2005 8:26 am

well reply #1 sums up who and why people are receiving calls.

its not random at all....
 
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RE: I Just Got A Call From Richard Branson

Sat Dec 17, 2005 8:45 am

Damn, just started another thread about this.... SHould have used a wider search.

Quoting N1120A (Thread starter):
First, how did VS know I was in Boston, given that my mobile phone is a California number?

Sounds like someone reffered you on that link. Pretty neat stuff huuh!
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RE: I Just Got A Call From Richard Branson

Sun Dec 18, 2005 11:37 am

I've been using this service to confuse friends of mine, its pretty stupid/funny. My friend mitchell has gotten several calls implying hes gay, still hasnt figured it out. "Mitchell, This is Sir Richard Branson, your boyfriend Eddie wanted me too..." pretty childish on my part but whatever  Smile
 
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RE: I Just Got A Call From Richard Branson

Wed Dec 21, 2005 5:12 am

Quoting N1120A (Thread starter):
Ok so I just got a call in the form of a recorded advertisment from Sir Richard Branson. He wished me a happy holidays and told me about Virgin's great deals on flights from Boston to Heathrow. First, how did VS know I was in Boston, given that my mobile phone is a California number? Second, has anyone else recieved such a call?

= I personally think you're being spied on by NSA or something. Oh wait, thats not funny. Merry Christmas tho ...

-A.

PS - I was excited that I would get a personal call ... but a recorded message  Sad!
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