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Paying for an unlisted number

June 15, 2008

Once again our legislature has failed us in the unlisted number dispute ("Why your privacy still comes at a cost," Consumer Confidential, June 4).

Yet there is an elegant and effective solution: You can have your number listed under any name you want, independent of any name used for phone billing purposes.

For instance I once listed my phone under the name Edward O Thorp.

I told my friends if they ever lose my number look it up under Thorp. When telephone sales people call asking for Thorp I tell them that he doesn't live here, click.

This is actually better than unlisted.

Joe Varga

San Marcos

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