Ofcom make some noise over silent calls
Ah, silent phonecalls at half past three in the morning. The classic sign that either your wife is having an affair, you're having an affair, or your home number has found its way onto a telemarketing database.
Given that complaints about silent calls have tripled in the past year, then either there are plenty more folk indulging in extra-marital rounds of Hide the Sausage, or telemarketing is becoming even more of a nuisance. Since it's Ofcom involved in dealing with the complaints and not Relate, we'll assume it's the latter.
From September 2007 to September 2008, the number of consumer complaints received by Ofcom rose from around 300 per month to around 1,050 per month. As a result, Ofcom is beefing up regulations on the matter, and has recently taken actions against the likes of both Abbey and Barclaycard over the calls, which occur when a company's automated system dials your number, but there are no agents available at their end to deal with the call.
So there may be nobody talking, but it seems Ofcom are listening.