Man Gets 5,000 Calls for YouTube Posting

Ryan Fitzgerald is unemployed, lives with his father and apparently has enough time for 5,000 people he doesn't know. The 20-year-old Fitzgerald posted a video on YouTube with his cell phone number, after which he received more than 5,000 calls and text messages. Fitzgerald said he wanted to "be there," for anyone who needed to talk. "I never met you, but I do care," a spiky-haired Fitzgerald told the camera. He planned to take and return as many calls he could, but on Monday at 5 a.m., his T-Mobile cell phone payment will begin charging him for his generosity when he is no longer eligible for free weekend minutes.

"I haven't quite figured out what I'm going to do about it. Come Monday, no way I'm going to just hang up on people and say, 'I don't have the minutes.' Some people's own mothers won't take the time to sit down and talk with them and have a conversation. But some stranger on YouTube will. After six seconds, you're not a stranger anymore, you're a new kid I just met." Fitzgerald, who said people consider him "easy to talk to," was inspired by Juan Mann's YouTube video offering "Free Hugs" to strangers.

News source: Physorg

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Its quite a good idea, there are a lot of people out there that need someone to chat to. It does nobody any harm (except the phone companies, sometimes!), and it can benefit both ends of the call. If nothing else, you learn things and talk to people you'd never speak to otherwise.

Maybe someone should start a network of people like this!

He just has a lot of love inside him and is trying to send a message but that's above many people's heads.

I'm still stuck on the fact the Americans actually pay to receive a call from someone they never asked to ring them. That's just bizarre.

You have to remember that the American mobile/cell systems are behind pretty much the rest of the developed world (and quite a bit of the less developed world). Generally I think Far East gets technology first, then Europe, then America. I'm not sure why this is - it may be that the size of the US and the relatively large number of people who are spread out across it make it not as economical as it is in the much more densely populated Europe.

Equally, I believe things like text/SMS messages that most people in the UK/Europe take for granted are much less used in the states... See for more information...

Its very odd and backwards though...

Here's something else to ponder - Canada is even more behind than the US. Of course our population has something to do with that. Correct me if I am wrong, but in the US, you can at least get Nationwide calling with no roaming charges, correct? Well, in Canada that isn't available for mobile phones (yet). Also when travelling to the US, us Canadians get dinged hugely for roaming onto a US carrier. For example, I was in LA, made 6 calls to Canada, and the long distance was 75% less than the total roaming charges.

I can't figure it out. Cell phone company in Canada = license to print money

Xire said,
Is this some kind of medieval that you have to pay for your incoming calls? :wacko:

Nope, but this is the US! :eek:

In the UK, Incoming calls are never charged for, either on landline or mobile. I dunno how you guys survive.

Indeed... very strange. Why should I have to pay when someone else wants to talk to me? I get unlimited calls and text for $20 per month.

Xavien said,

Nope, but this is the US! :eek:

In the UK, Incoming calls are never charged for, either on landline or mobile. I dunno how you guys survive.

In the USA you only pay for incoming calls on cell phones or satalite phones... if you are outside your alloted time period in a month... land lines you dont pay for incoming calls unless you have a 1-800 number... but not many do :P

Xavien said,

Nope, but this is the US! :eek:

In the UK, Incoming calls are never charged for, either on landline or mobile. I dunno how you guys survive.

In Slovakia all incoming calls are free on mobile ... US is really strange country ...

Well if it's hit off this well, then he might as well set up a website that requires registration or something, that way it's not just him helping and also he could get money from ads etc to pay for the phone.

And if people are phoning him up, then it won't cost him anything will it.

seems to be a cool guy.
i also thought of offering a kind of psychological support for peeps on skype once, but ill shift this to after school or something i guess..

Glassed Silver:mac

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kinda stupid u have to pay for in-coming calls on your mobile in the US...
in germany you pay 0 for in-coming calls to your mobil as long as its not a foreign call...

From what I noticed with my t-mobile plan, I get way more minutes here in the US then individuals would get with t-mobile in germany and the uk. Sometimes almost 3x more minutes.

It's been some months in Mexico since (by law) all incoming calls (no matter where they are from) are free, as long as you are not in "roaming" mode. This is widely known as "El que llama paga" (He who calls, pays)

oh ok i misread...i know theres a set time for free calls, but i misread and thought since his call volume was so high that they said he couldnt get free incoming weekend calls bad

Wait until the next weekend. Also, this guy is perfect for scientific studies of whether too much time on a mobile fries your brain. That said, he can't be all with it in the first place to have made this video?

Free weekend calls always ends between Sunday night 00:00 and Monday Morning 06:00, in this case 05:00 set by T-Mobile. It's in the contract...