I get them occasionally, but there's one that's persistently been
calling for over a year. It's a recording from some credit card
company that I don't do business with - from what I've understood.
"Last chance to lower your rate", or similar.
Asks you to stay on the line.
I think I did once, and told them to quit calling. They kept calling.
A few times I just laid the phone down. They still call about once
every week or two I think. Hard to say, because most of the time
I just hang up on robocalls before I hear anything. If there's any
delay I just hang up, and robocalls aren't very smart in connecting.
It's not enough to bother me much, and if it did I think I have a
solution. My phone plays a customized tune when a son or daughter
calls. I could just add everybody else who calls with one tune.
The rest goes to voice mail. But I'd still hear it ringing.
For the number of these calls I get, it's easier just picking up the
But it's an option.
That's pretty much my own strategy so far. I add to it an assumption
(based on no real knowledge) that the computer doing the calling is
looking for a human voice response and needs a certain volume/speed to
ID a person. With that in mind, I answer speaking quickly and softly
"Hello, this is Pete Cresswell". If I sense that "dead" feeling in
the line or nobody responds within a second or so I just hang up.
I do miss the occasional call from people using certain cell phone
providers.... it's as if the provider is saving a little bandwidth by
not having the line open to the caller right away. Oh well....
I've been told, and I believe it, that if you answer the phone at all
you've already done the damage. You will have verified that your number
is valid and it will then be placed on a list of vetted phone numbers
and sold. In other words, just by answering you have assured that you
will be receiving more calls.
My strategy is to never answer a call whose caller ID I don't
recognize. My phone speaks the ID so I don't even need to get up. A
real caller will leave a voice mail. Like I mentioned earlier, if the
same bogus number calls again more than 3 or 4 times I block it.
I'd settle for blocks put on any call with a forged originating number
or caller id. I suppose that would be some mandatory government
prescribed equipment upgrades. Not sure how that would be perceived.
There's probably some lobby that insists they need to make number and ID
To give the US government some credit, they did come up with the do not
call list, which worked pretty well for a while. They've also fined
a few of the miscreants. A few times they've solicited input from
the general public for advice on a fix. Recently they ruled that
nomorobo is not violating any laws.
I suppose with terrorists blowing things up and shooting civilians
this isn't the governments highest priority.
On 12/1/2015 8:05 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
That begets a slippery slope. If I do something using my
internet connection, should my ISP be financially liable?
The market driven solution is to provide a service whereby the
caller is CHARGED to place a call to a phone number. The CALLEE
(and only the callee) can elect to issue a CREDIT for each call he
is willing to ACCEPT.
So, I have an incentive to answer the phone -- I get a "cut" out
of the charge! The phone company has an incentive -- they get a
Friends calling would obviously result in your pressing the
"CREDIT button". Telemarketers would be desperate to get you
to do so -- they simply couldn't stay afloat if they had to PAY
(you!) for every call! Even if it was something as trivial as
On Monday, November 30, 2015 at 2:04:10 PM UTC-6, (PeteCresswell) wrote:
You can get rid of most junk callers by using this ringtone.
Record it at the beginning of your message on your answering machine.
(I edited out the voice from the ringtone.)
It that's the SIT tone for "Number not in service", I've been using it
for several years.
Can't comment specifically on it's effectiveness because I don't have
another number without it to compare.... but I do know that my junk
calls have risen from almost zero to about five junk calls for every
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