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April 25, 2007 at 11:03 AM

T-Mobile USA and YouTube

Ryan Fitzgerald of Southbridge, Mass., posted his number on a YouTube video and asked the world to call him.

T-Mobile USA reacted gingerly to the experiment since Fitzgerald was using one of its customers — and stopped short of helping the unemployed former convenience store clerk take care of his mammoth bill, according to a story in theBoston Globe.

The Globe wrote:

“T-Mobile is intrigued by Ryan Fitzgerald’s experiment,” the company said in a statement late yesterday, hours after Fitzgerald appeared live on CNN (with his cellphone, of course).

In Fitzgerald’s intial YouTube postin, he says he’s conducting an experiment.

“I’m Here For EVERYONE! Give Me A Call! 7742531962,” reads the headline.

In a second video, he gives an update on how things are going.

“I didn’t post my sister’s phone number, and already half the people who have called me already, know I’m real,” he said.

So far, the weirdest phone call he’s received was from a guy in line at McDonald’s asking what he should order — a cheeseburger and fries or chicken nuggets. He said he also received a call from a girl from the UK, who sung him a song.

“People in the world like me do care,” he said. “I have a big heart I’m here to talk.”

T-Mobile made a final statement to the globe:

“We find Ryan Fitzgerald’s experiment to be interesting and we are glad he was able to take advantage of the unlimited weekend and evening minutes included in his T-Mobile plan,” the company said. “We look forward to learning more about Ryan’s efforts.”

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