That spooky landline texting has happened again.

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Advantage

About a year ago I wrote about the experience of getting a text on my land line phone.  It was strange.  It didn't happen again until yesterday.

The phone was ringing and when I picked it up the message came through this way.

Robotic voice says with no expression, "Have a nice dinner.  I will call you tomorrow."   The robotic voice actually sounds almost threatening.  Why would someone call me and wish he a nice dinner unless it was going to be my last one?

I quickly hung up and started thinking.  And then I think I figured it out.  I'd called my daughter and told her we were having friends for dinner and unless she called me back quickly not to call until the next day.  She had probably done that text message.  She'd just got my message on her cell phone and answered by text not noticing that I'd called her on my landline.

With landline, words have to be spoken so there's no telling how much trouble it is to get it through.  I'll see if there is an extra charge for texting on the landline.  Hope it is not much or daughter will be in trouble!!

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Rainmaker
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Michael A. Caruso
Surterre Properties

I didn't even know this was possible. I am still surprised when I see my caller ID pop up on the television.

January 10, 2010 03:17 PM
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Eva Aliaga
South Florida Real Estate - Boca Raton Real Estate
Keller Williams Realty Boca Raton IdealFloridaLiving.com

Hi Barbara, I was wondering about this awhile ago. I tried to txt someone but it was not a cell, I think my phone got the txt back and said something if I wanted to send it via alternative method "text to landline". So this is the result a scary phone call from a robot. All the best in 2010.

January 10, 2010 04:07 PM
Rainmaker
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Barbara S. Duncan
CRS, GRI, e-PRO, Searcy AR
RE/MAX Advantage

Michael, now what does that mean.  Caller ID popping up on TV?  Explain please.  That's new to me.

Eva, at least they asked about sending.  I don't think this was asked.  I think they just did it.  I'm still wondering about the cost.

January 10, 2010 05:20 PM
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Gary Woltal
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth
Keller Williams Realty

Hi Barbara, I have had the robot calls but never on this topic. Very strange!!

January 10, 2010 05:24 PM
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Robert (Vegas Bob) Swetz
Commercial & Residential Real Estate Agent
REALTY ONE GROUP - LAS VEGAS, NEVADA 702.443.7156

Hello Barbara and these could be my relatives from far away trying to give you more experiences that you can post to the PARANORMAL group!

VB ;o)

This does sound kind of creepy!

January 10, 2010 06:48 PM
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Barbara S. Duncan
CRS, GRI, e-PRO, Searcy AR
RE/MAX Advantage

Gary, it makes me wonder what else can happen in this world of technology.

Bob, test it on yourself.  It is weird!

January 10, 2010 09:35 PM
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Elizabeth Bolton
Cambridge MA Realtor
RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA

Hi Barbara ~ Chalk this up as another nifty thing I learned here on AR. I'm going to send my parents one. Cool!

Liz

January 10, 2010 11:37 PM
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Barbara S. Duncan
CRS, GRI, e-PRO, Searcy AR
RE/MAX Advantage

Liz, be sure you don't scare them to death!  It does sound mysterious and spooky!

January 11, 2010 07:36 AM
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Anita Fuller

I have the caller id thing that shows up on my t.v. screen - but only when I"m watching "regular" t.v. , NOT a DVD or something recorded by TiVo.  And speaking of, is yours up and running YET????

That robotic voice would have freaked me out, too.  NEVER heard of such a thing.  What is the world coming to?

Anita Fuller

January 11, 2010 08:10 AM
Rainmaker
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Ruth Vogt
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Cornerstone Home Lending, Inc. Equal Housing Opportunity. Regulated by the Division of Real Estate.

I had no idea you could text landlines. VERY interesting... and thanks for sharing the info to save the rest of us from having a panic attack!!

January 11, 2010 11:51 PM
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Barbara S. Duncan
CRS, GRI, e-PRO, Searcy AR
RE/MAX Advantage

Anita, my tivo is up but I'm not sure it is working right.  I need help from you masters.

Ruth, when it happens to you now, you will not be as surprised.  Why don't you try it on your least favorite friend that you want to give a jolt!  LOL

January 12, 2010 07:14 AM
Rainmaker
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Alan Brown
24 Years of Real Estate Experience .
Coldwell Banker Montrose Colorado

I have heard of this but I have not experienced it yet.

January 12, 2010 08:00 AM
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Cynthia Bartch
Redesigned Spaces; All Round Nice Gal
Home Stager/Property Stylist & more! Granville, Ohio

Oooh Barbara that is down right spooky and would have freaked me out a bit! Ok, ok a lot. I would have freaked me out a lot!

January 12, 2010 09:27 AM
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Tony Orefice
Realtor/Harrisburg NC,Concord NC
Wilkinson and Associates/www.TonyOreficeRealtor.com

Hi Barbara,

Like others, I didn't know you can do that on a land line. I wonder how many of your readers will try it.  lol

January 12, 2010 10:15 AM
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Patricia Kennedy
For Your Home in the Capital
Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.

Barbara, it's never ever occurred to me to send a text to a landline.  Yikes!  That could be weird.

January 12, 2010 10:29 AM
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Barbara S. Duncan
CRS, GRI, e-PRO, Searcy AR
RE/MAX Advantage

Alan, try it sometime and see what you think.  At least you will not be surprised when you get one.

Cynthia, you wouldn't have been spooked.  You're a brave one!!

Tony, I want to know what it costs before doing it much.  That may be another blog.  Landlines need a way to make money and that may be one way.

Patricia, try it!!

January 12, 2010 07:47 PM
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Barb
Hmmmm
July 28, 2011 12:51 PM
Rainmaker
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Barbara S. Duncan
CRS, GRI, e-PRO, Searcy AR
RE/MAX Advantage

Barb, try it.

July 28, 2011 09:09 PM
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you guys were great

June 06, 2012 01:44 PM
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Jessica, did you try it?

June 06, 2012 05:32 PM
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