Ads Posing as Voice Messages One of Budget Travel's editors recently stayed at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in Arizona and experienced something unpleasant and new. A few hours after checking in, he saw that the message light on his room phone was blinking. He called in to get the message, and it was a generic prerecorde... Budget Travel Monday, Sep 4, 2006, 5:01 PM Budget Travel LLC, 2016
 

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Ads Posing as Voice Messages

One of Budget Travel's editors recently stayed at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in Arizona and experienced something unpleasant and new. A few hours after checking in, he saw that the message light on his room phone was blinking. He called in to get the message, and it was a generic prerecorded message--like those ones you get from politicians around election time--from the resort's spa, urging him to get a treatment. (The worst part was that he had to listen to the whole thing before he could navigate the system enough to figure out how to delete it so the light would go out.) If this is a trend, consider us against it. In-room advertising is bad enough, do we really need to be peppered with phone calls, too?

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