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Reflections from a Swede in Norway.

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Published: Sunday 2004-08-15.

Since I haven’t heard anything from my telephony operator about whether they have reported my phone number for inclusion in the phone directory, I, on my own authority, contacted Findexa, the company that is publishing the directory. This is the answer I received:

From: Customer centre
To: Peter Karlsson
Date: Fri, 13 Aug 2004 15:20:40 +0200
Subject: RE: Inclusion of land-line phone number in the directory

[Translated from Norwegian]


Thank you for your inquiry. There is currently no agreement entered into by Findexa and Telio. An entry in the directory for Oslo will thus be charged a fee at kr. 250,- excl. VAT for 2005. Please give us feedback if you are still interested in being listed in the Oslo directory.

Findexa customer centre
Phone 815 44 448
Fax 22770831

So they want me to pay them two hundred and fifty kroner, plus 24 % VAT, for me to allow them to add me to the directory, making their directory as complete as possible? On a text line not more than a few millimetres high in a narrow column? To me, that sounds like a very interesting way of doing business, I would think it was in their interest for the directory to include as many numbers as possible, so that people will not use competing directory services.

Greedy bastards.

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