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Good Citizen / Bon Citoyen

Re: Outgoing calls to 778-580-4001


@z10user4 wrote:

@Bottomshelf wrote:

Hi,

I've never checked my voicemail.  The only time I did use it was to set it up.  So it seems that I will be charged for minutes even if I do not access voicemail.  As long as a caller leaves a message on my voicemail, I will charged for the minutes; not when I access voicemail?

 

Thanks.

 


If you did that initial set up via the phone itself and not from a landline or something then yes that will count as minutes. Checking for voicemails too.

I'm interested to know your observations.

 

I have the $10 plan. It does NOT count minutes for people leaving voicemails.


How does setting up a voicemail uses minutes?   The minutes charges happened on the same day at 5 different times.  If I assume correctly, minutes woulde appear to be charged if someone leaves a message and not necessarily the user accessing the voicemail.

 

Why would Public Mobile has different policies on time charges for messages left on voicemail on your plan compared to mine?

 

Can anyone else shed some light on this issue?

Thanks!

Mayor / Maire

Re: Outgoing calls to 778-580-4001


@Bottomshelf wrote:

How does setting up a voicemail uses minutes?   The minutes charges happened on the same day at 5 different times.  If I assume correctly, minutes woulde appear to be charged if someone leaves a message and not necessarily the user accessing the voicemail.

 

Why would Public Mobile has different policies on time charges for messages left on voicemail on your plan compared to mine?

 

Can anyone else shed some light on this issue?

Thanks!


Public Mobile has several little anomalies around the place.

 

Using the phone to make calls uses minutes (some exceptions). Calling the voicemail on the phone to set it up and check messages is just like making a call. It calls the voicemail number.

You may very well have found that people leaving voicemails does in fact use minutes. This is a new plan. So maybe they changed that feature. It has been something I've been curious about since it was introduced.

Deputy Mayor / Adjoint au Maire

Re: Outgoing calls to 778-580-4001


@Bottomshelf wrote:

I checked my usage history and noticed 5 outgoing calls to 778-580-4001. The 5 separate calls ranged anywhere from 22 seconds to 3:37 for a total of 5:45 minutes.  These calls were all made on March 27.


For these entries that show up in your Usage History as "Outgoing Call" -- does the "Originating Location" column have "All" or "BRITISH COLUMBIA", or something else?


My understanding is that if it shows "All", then it's an incoming call that went to voicemail, and won't use up your minutes.  If it shows your province, then it's treated as a call (e.g. a call to access/check/setup VM) and will use minutes.

 

If you're able to provide screenshots of your Usage History since you joined (while blocking out any personal/private information of course), that might be helpful in figuring out what's happening...

Good Citizen / Bon Citoyen

Re: Outgoing calls to 778-580-4001


@CalgaryBen wrote:

@Bottomshelf wrote:

I checked my usage history and noticed 5 outgoing calls to 778-580-4001. The 5 separate calls ranged anywhere from 22 seconds to 3:37 for a total of 5:45 minutes.  These calls were all made on March 27.


For these entries that show up in your Usage History as "Outgoing Call" -- does the "Originating Location" column have "All" or "BRITISH COLUMBIA", or something else?


My understanding is that if it shows "All", then it's an incoming call that went to voicemail, and won't use up your minutes.  If it shows your province, then it's treated as a call (e.g. a call to access/check/setup VM) and will use minutes.

 

If you're able to provide screenshots of your Usage History since you joined (while blocking out any personal/private information of course), that might be helpful in figuring out what's happening...


All the calls “All” and “British Columbia” used minutes according to my usage history.

 

Does anyone else have a definitive answer?

Some users say messages to voicemail will not use minutes if you don’t check your voicemail.

 

Mayor / Maire

Re: Outgoing calls to 778-580-4001


@Bottomshelf wrote:

All the calls “All” and “British Columbia” used minutes according to my usage history.

 

Does anyone else have a definitive answer?

Some users say messages to voicemail will not use minutes if you don’t check your voicemail.

 


There was another customer who has the same plan and is reporting that their overview counter is incrementing on voicemail calls. Either messages left or checking the voicemail from another phone.

But you're saying usage history. What matters is the counter on the overview page. All activity in and out of the phone will be recorded in the usage history.

Good Citizen / Bon Citoyen

Re: Outgoing calls to 778-580-4001

Overview And Usage history both show 8 minutes of 100 used

Deputy Mayor / Adjoint au Maire

Re: Outgoing calls to 778-580-4001


@Bottomshelf wrote:

@CalgaryBen wrote:

@Bottomshelf wrote:

I checked my usage history and noticed 5 outgoing calls to 778-580-4001. The 5 separate calls ranged anywhere from 22 seconds to 3:37 for a total of 5:45 minutes.  These calls were all made on March 27.


For these entries that show up in your Usage History as "Outgoing Call" -- does the "Originating Location" column have "All" or "BRITISH COLUMBIA", or something else?


My understanding is that if it shows "All", then it's an incoming call that went to voicemail, and won't use up your minutes.  If it shows your province, then it's treated as a call (e.g. a call to access/check/setup VM) and will use minutes.

 

If you're able to provide screenshots of your Usage History since you joined (while blocking out any personal/private information of course), that might be helpful in figuring out what's happening...


All the calls “All” and “British Columbia” used minutes according to my usage history.


Usage History isn't a good way to assess whether actual minutes are consumed -- all lines in the history will show the duration, but there's unfortunately no indication whether it uses minutes or not.  I just know that calls to voicemail, regardless of duration, do not consume minutes on my metered plan, and show up as "All".

 

Indeed, maybe 50 minutes vs. 100 minutes plans work differently.  I'm on the 50 for one of my lines, and have tested calling it and going to voicemail, and my minutes in Overview remain constant.

Mayor / Maire

Re: Outgoing calls to 778-580-4001


@Bottomshelf wrote:

Overview And Usage history both show 8 minutes of 100 used


Right. They're both like a summary.

From the overview page in the plan area you'll see View My Usage. Clicking that gives you all the activity details in and out of the phone.

Confusingly, the same-name link in the add-ons area takes you to the summary.

 

So you'll see all the activity in that detail screen. But the counter on the overview page is the one that matters. In your case the 8 minutes of 100 used. Mine is written as 40 / 50 MIN.

Good Citizen / Bon Citoyen

Re: Outgoing calls to 778-580-4001

Thanks for the comments.  

The only time I have used voicemail was to set it up.

I have never accessed voicemail to check messages.

From what some people are saying, there would appear to be 2 different voicemail policies - one that will not charge minutes even if it goes to voicemail and another that does.

Why would there be 2 different policies?

Is there a moderator or Employee that can settle my issue once and for all?

Town Hero / Héro de la Ville

Re: Outgoing calls to 778-580-4001


@Bottomshelf wrote:

Thanks for the comments.  

The only time I have used voicemail was to set it up.

I have never accessed voicemail to check messages.

From what some people are saying, there would appear to be 2 different voicemail policies - one that will not charge minutes even if it goes to voicemail and another that does.

Why would there be 2 different policies?

Is there a moderator or Employee that can settle my issue once and for all?


If you do need to speak to a moderator, please send them a message here:

https://productioncommunity.publicmobile.ca/t5/notes/composepage/note-to-user-id/22437