v. To drop a user's existing Internet connection and then dial up a new connection that offers a service, such as a video or concert) over a premium-rate phone line.
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A technique used by both scrupulous (Comic Relief) and unscrupulous (porn) websites to get money from Net users without requiring a credit card. A program on the website drops the user's internet connection and dials a new one, usually on a premium rate number.
—“Web speak,” The Daily Telegraph, April 05, 2001
2001 (earliest)
Just as broadcasters are assessing the potential of drop-dialling, so is the music industry. With MSN putting time and money into developing a website to stream concerts, it would not be surprising if MSNMusic.com introduced drop-diallers as an alternative to credit card subscriptions.
—Amy Vickers, “New media: Drop everything,” The Guardian, March 19, 2001
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