If you switch a landline, they tell you that it may take a week to get inbound phone calls again, but they don't tell you when that week starts. I thought the week started when I signed up with AT&T, but no, it starts the day you sever ties with Charter. I should have read this information from the FCC first. So, I launched a new hobby: getting that process expedited.
First, there was half an hour wait time before I spoke with Tia, who gave me lots of valuable advice on fake hair and eyelashes for forty-five minutes while her computer processed.
That was followed by a talk with Mike, for, I swear to you, an hour and a half, but Mike was not chatty. He was pleasant, but there were long periods of silence while I made dinner, ate dinner, cleaned up after dinner.
When he came off mute I asked, "Who is this?" and he had the good nature to laugh.
I don't think any of this helped, but it made me think it was helping. I'd really be curious to know what was going on. Is there an old-timey switchboard operator physically pulling lines out and lacking them into some other companies switchboard? Are they digging up buried trunk lines and putting in new ones? I don't know.
As of this date I don't have inbound service, but the three people and agencies who might need to contact us have our cell phones as a backup. it's been a lovely few days without spam calls, actually, so there's that.