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For the past few weeks New York Times technology columnist David Pogue has been urging readers to complain to Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T about voice mail instructions that consumers hear when they leave messages or retrieve their own.

The 15-second message amount to theft of customers money and time, according to Pogue.

The campaign is beginning to work.

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