India, May 4, 2010
On my second day in Delhi, India, I bought a local SIM card from Vodafone India. Before the line activated to make an outgoing call, I got an inbound call. Picking it up, the caller surprised me - it was an automatic telemarketer call. Phone spam less than an hour after activation.
And the phone spam never stopped.
My entire time in India, I would get spam text messages and spam calls - 3-4 per day - in Hindi and in English promoting third party services and products. So it wasn't even Vodafone spamming me through my mobile phone, but India's version of late-night telemarketers.
But that's the odd point - they were robo-calls. Not a single phone call came with a human voice, nor did they seem to switch from computer to human when a pick-up was detected. In the land of cheap labour, I was surprised by this.
But I was even more surprised by the last robo-call I got. Just watch this video to see why:
Yes, my Vodafone India SIM card even allowed international spam calls!