Getting a new phone line or stathero in Greece used to take a year or several months in the not-so-distant past and has improved slightly to 30 to 90 days in big cities, where it is considered easier than say a village or remote area.
But do you know anyone who got ADSL and a phone line from OTE in 36 hours?
Now you do — us.
So you’re thinking:
a) Are you an OTE employee?
b) Who did you bribe?
c) Is this another urban legend?
d) You’re full of cr@p!
I’m not an OTE employee, in fact the only one I know had to wait two weeks for his line. I bribed no one and wouldn’t know how to pull that off, even if I was willing to go against my principles to partake. And readers know that this site is about straight talk and real life stories, not rumors and fairy tales.
A week before our move, my fiancé called his connection at OTE and let her know we were moving, set our disconnection date for Friday at the old house and asked her to hook us up at the new house ASAP. Apparently, that’s exactly what happened.
Monday morning, our old connection was cut and a new signal was working at the new house, although we couldn’t get online because “the gate” hadn’t been opened. Tuesday we were informed that technicians would show up at our house between 8:00 and 14:00 on Thursday, and today at noon they came and “opened the gate” to give us access. Telos.
With all of the horror stories about OTE taking forever, I can’t help but wonder if my fiancé agreed to trade our first-born child and therefore don’t feel comfortable to break out in a happy dance.
I humbly and very gratefully call it a miracle on Thiseos Street.*
* Title is Greek spin of “Miracle on 34th Street,” a holiday classic.