BT Phone Book - WHY?

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  1. blue max

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    Just got a phone book through the letterbox. A lot smaller than they used to be, but what a complete waste of resources. Straight into recycling unopened. Haven't had the need to look at one for many years.

    Surely, the time has come to opt into receiving them.
     
  2. Iccz

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    A waste of resources, yes, but there is probably more cost in it for them to go through the "opt-in" method - so they don't bother.
     
  3. blue max

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    True, but I wouldn't be surprised if council waste costs more to collect too. Surely, there should be a requirement.
     
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    If we stopped getting the phone book then how would we prove our strength to our mates whilst drunk. "Im gonna rip that in half"
     
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    The directory itself contains a fair amount of adverts, so a revenue for BT. I can imagine it BT were making a loss on the directories, they'd be the first to recommend they stop.
     
  6. blue max

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    :laugh: Seeing how thin it has got, I don't think it would be very impressive any more.

    I really wish someone would ask me whether it went straight in the bin.

    I do feel sorry for the poor advertisers. I was once persuaded to go in, but only got other businesses trying to sell me things!

    As kBm says, all to do with money.
     
  7. Sonic67

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    From BT:

    A.*In July 2010 BT Directories changed to our new compact book format. BT reduced from a four column width book to three columns. This makes the book far more streamlined, and it will now fit through a standard letterbox to make delivery of the book more efficient. BT is also committed to saving the environment. By moving towards the new compact book BT will reduce the amount of paper used by 2,000 tonnes each year. The print in the book remains the same size as the old A4 style book.
     
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    Some of the older generation, still use it. Not everyone is in the digital age.
     
  9. blue max

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    I am not suggesting they ban it. Just don't blanket deliver to people who don't want or need it. I think they should charge for it really.

    I don't even have a BT phone. Why should they deliver to me? It should be up to Virgin Media and they don't.
     
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    I sometimes have a read through the residential listings when I'm bored. Aside from that, don't use it much.


    One thing I NEVER use is this "Thomson" directory. It's only A5 size now! I keep finding the silly thing all over the hallway, I'm waiting for it to expire so I can chuck it- I don't want to chuck it now because, well, it isn't expired! :suicide:
     
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    Me too.
    Don't tell me how it ends, I'm only up to Jones
     
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    He dies
     
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    I don't know anyone who is not ex-directory, so I can imagine they are only good for businesses these days.

    Agree with the OP, can't see the point. We don't recycle immediately though - stays in the drawer untouched until the next one turns up.

    Cheers,

    Nigel
     
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    I suppose lots of people are old school and like to look it up. My nan for instance. She doesnt trust that google thing, lots of weirdo's on there....
     
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    Good for drunken phone calls pick a page and a listing number then call.*


    I do not advocate doing this in any way. :laugh:
     
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    Maybe I was too hasty to throw it away :D
     
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    Old top tip from Viz magazine.

    Of course that was from the days before everyone went ex-directory.


    Cheers,

    Nigel
     

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