Is the act of someone ringing your mobile once quickly with caller ID with no intention of you picking it up, so that you will call them back. Generally becuase they are a cheap ass.
It originated from people with little credit on their mobile when they needed to make an important call, now it is misused for unimportant calls and many people wont return the pranking even from friends. It is frowned upon to do so and people who do it often generally end up with little respect.
John: "My girlfriend has been pranking me all night"
Tony: "Dude she is doing that to you way too often"
John: "no shit"
Tony: "what a cheap ass gold digger"
As well as being used by cheap friends, pranking is also being reported as being used as a marketing strategy in Australia. You miss a call and your phone records it with caller ID, you return the call and find you're listening to a recorded marketing message
"oh, missed a call from 9555-1234...I wonder who that is..."
''Thanks for calling back! For an online quote for lower cost car insurance go to www. ...'' Click!
"Damn, I wish they'd stop pranking me".