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For one reason or another, there comes a point in everyone's life where you have to call technical support. Maybe your power's been inadvertently shut off, your pay TV is on the fritz, or your flight's been delayed. But you should keep the rage and profane retorts to a minimum, especially when you're on hold. Chances are, they can still hear you.

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If you have phone phobia, you're not alone. (I'm a recovering member of the club myself.) If the situation in this country is making you anxious, calling your local MP is both a step toward a solution, and a way to give yourself a small amount of control over something. But you have to be able to actually make the call.

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We asked for readers' most bizarre, awkward wrong number calls and text messages and, boy, did they deliver. These tales of "whoa" involve everything from clueless callers to tactless texters, playful responses to toilet phones, and everything in between.

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It's not just sinister creepers who want to hide their phone number from recipients. Perhaps you're buying something over the phone and don't want the business' marketing department to have your contact details. Or maybe you're arranging a first date and aren't entirely sure about the guy yet. Whatever the reason, here's how to stop your number flashing up on the display of the person you’re calling.

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There are numerous reasons that you might want to secretly record a phone conversation. It could be as serious as getting someone to admit to a crime, or as innocuous as making a prank call for a podcast. But is it legal? The answer depends on the Australian state or territory you live in.

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Well, this seems overdue. While some mobile providers have long offered free calls to 13, 1300 and 1800 numbers, in their plans, many others haven't. Regulator the Australian Communication and Media Authority (ACMA) had originally planned to introduce legislation in January 2015 making fee-free calls compulsory, but now the major telcos have agreed to make at least some of those calls free ahead of that deadline.

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Prepaid calling cards can be a good way to use the landline for international calls when you're staying with family at Christmas, but you need to make sure you pick the right one. An analysis of calling cards by the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) found that 40 per cent of cards on the Australian market had "significant problems".