Greatest thing since sliced bread.
(Really, see my other post, I had a blocked call as I typed
the response.) You hear one ring only.
All it takes is hearing that one ring in the shower and
you'll be very happy.
Until they call back a minute later.
Or, you happen to be asleep and the phone wakes you.
The connection shouldn't exist (in practical terms) unless YOU
want it. Why should I have to be bothered by a call that YOU
KNOW I DON'T WANT??
five one-ring calls a day. One ring means they were intercepted by NoMoRobo. Now
I get 1 or none a day (mostly none).
I suspect that the Robo Callers can detect that their call has been intercepted
by NoMoRobo and as a result, their computer puts my number on a Do Not Call
list. That's just a guess but I get far fewer calls that are "one ring" now then
when I did when I started NoMoRobo a year ago.
Your options are limited. The phone numbers displayed on your phone are
almost certainly spoofed. The callers are trying to scam you, and will
therefore not respect the voluntary National Call List, nor will they
stop calling you even if you request it.
I've been keeping a list of all junk calls for the past 2 or 3 years
because I was interested to see how often the same phone numbers were
used, what telemarketing campaigns were out there. I found that most
numbers were used only once, that others were used for a period of time
- usually no more than few weeks - and never used again. Frequency of
calls seems to go in waves - for a few weeks I'll get several a day,
then for a few weeks I may get only a couple a week.
Junk calls are pretty easy to recognize by their caller ID. If they say
the name of a city, they are certain to be junk. If they are a long
string of numbers, they are junk. This makes them easy to ignore when
they do call, though of course just the ringing is a bother.
Many phone systems allow you to block a certain number of specific
numbers. Mine, Comcast, has a limit of 25. This is only somewhat useful
- since the number will only be used for a short time, you'll use up
your precious allotment on numbers that no longer need to be blocked.
OTOH, if *all* your junk calls are from the same number and never any
others, the blocking feature alone would be perfect for you.
Until recently I'd been simply ignoring junk calls, but if the same
number called 3 or more times, I blocked them. I keep a manual record
of when I blocked the number, and I remove the oldest ones when I need
The volume of junk calls had gone down a lot but as of about a month
ago it started going way up again. I've gotten tired of playing the
game, so I finally resorted to a service I've been wanting to try for
quite a while called "Nomorobo" (https://www.nomorobo.com /). It depends
on your phone provider having a feature called "simultaneous ring". The
feature lets you set up your main number to also ring at other numbers,
like your mobile phone for example. In this case, you have it also ring
at Nomorobo, who then checks the calling number against their national
list of 'bad guy' numbers, and if it finds a match, it hangs up the
call. When a junk caller calls you, your phone will ring once, then no
more. A legit call will keep ringing as you would expect. It's free and
non-commercial, and seems to be effective - I've had about a dozen junk
calls blocked, two were missed, and no "real" calls have been blocked.
I hope that someday there will be an effective way to track down the
actual scam telemarketers, but until then, this is the best practical
solution I've found.
FWIW, the government is putting some of the assholes away.
Personally, I think this pond scum should be executed.
I am using Ooma. Their Premier service is $10/mo and comes with
wildcard call blocking and NoMoRobo integration. http://www.ooma.com
I also have a program on my PC called PhoneTray Free, which works
with my voice modem. Prior to using Ooma, this was my primary method
of call blocking. With PhoneTray, the phone rings once or twice (I
set it to twice) so that the modem can collect the call info to
decide if the call should be zapped. I believe PhoneTray Free is no
longer available now, but the company has a pay program called
PhoneTray Pro for $30.
The two of them work very well together, for example, Ooma can't
block by caller-id, but phonetray can. Belt and suspenders.
I've read some reviews on it. Several talk about marking numbers to block
by pressing Block button when you answer the calls. I don't answer them.
Most hang up on my answering machine. I wouldn't talk to them anyhow.
Reviews also said the numbers can be typed in manually.
Another blocker I tried, the Pro Call Blocker, automatically saved all
calling numbers. Then you could block or delete them. That is what I
hoped CPR does.
Make any sense?
You know it's time to clean the refrigerator
when something closes the door from the inside.
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