Enough is enough. My wife is getting upwards of 10 calls daily where no
one is on the line when she answers. We have caller ID and it shows
numbers never heard of before. For about 4 years, we've both put up
with it but over the last couple of years, the calls have increased.
I'd like to add a phone call block if I can find the right kind. I see
many around the web for sale, but most of these have so-so reviews and
either end up not blocking enough numbers, or cutting off to many. Then
there is a tele device where a caller has to press 1 to reach the person
being called-- I like this, pretty foolproof, but the pricetag seems a
bit high at over $100. We have Verizon but nothing special. I just use
DSL on copper and all wired phones. So whatever is used will have to
work with this existing system. Anyone have ideas? Are there any
number pressing devices cheaper than $100?
An answerphone message machine, just set on outgoing message and
speakerphone mode for any incoming call, and tell your friends about it,
so they can ignore it and not hang up, but keep the line open until
someone gets to the phone.
On Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 8:25:19 AM UTC-4, Bogus wrote:
If I was getting 10+ hangup calls a day, I'd change my phone
number. If you talk to the phone company, they will probably
do it for free. Could also use it as an opportunity to ditch
Verizon and go with one of the much lower cost VOIP solutions.
I have Ooma and am very happy with it, $4 a month.
On Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 10:35:57 AM UTC-4, Ed Pawlowski wrote:
They hold old numbers out of service for months/years
before putting them back. I've had many new/existing
numbers, no hangup calls 10 times a day. It's like
saying you shouldn't leave your boyfriend who's beating
you over the head because the next BG might do the same.
Actually, depending upon your locale, the numbers are reused rather quickly.
Regardless, it doesn't make any appreciable difference as the
robocallers just run down all possible numbers in an area code or
e.g. 773-555-1212, 773-555-1213, 773-555-1214, 773-555-1215 and so on.
The two things (other than the damn pests themselves) that upset me most
1) the robocalls that hang up when you pick up because the cretin who's
supposed to give you the sales pitch just got a live one from another
number. The robocall promotion just keeps dialing your number in
sequence until both your and their scumbag marketer are both on the line
2) the politicians, non-profits or whomever who, when you tell them you
are on the Do Not Call list explain to you that THEY are NOT governed by
that law. That's when my day gets brightened a bit because I feel quite
justified in saying (regardless of who is on the other end) "Well, they
need to include dumb ass mother truckers like you who feel special. If
I don't want to be bothered with this sh*t it includes YOUR sh*t! Go
That may do little good other than making me feel a bit better about
having been disturbed by the jerks.
When I'm feeling particularly raggy, I tell them "Look, think this
through: I am on that list because I do not want strangers calling me -
and I could care less who paid off who to get an exception... and you
could have avoided this little ration by consulting the No-Call list."
Totally useless, of course. The poor schlemiel that's calling is
probably making eight bucks an hour and hasn't seen daylight for 10
hours... but it gets it out of my system.
One thing that I have tried lately - which seems to help a little - is
answering in a very soft voice.... loud enough so that somebody on the
other end can hear it, but (I fantasize) not loud enough to computer the
sensing software that lights up my number on some telephone solicitor's
screen, or to trigger the delivery of the robo call.
I answer that way, wait about 1.5 seconds and then hang up if no
response. At least one person I know has a cell phone where that
strategy winds up having me hang up on them.... but then they call back
and all is well. You're not there when I pick up? Oh well...
The ultimate answer, of course, is challenge-response.... but, so far, I
have been reluctant to give up hard-wired 911 access in favor of the
VOIP I would need to implement that. OTOH, if I really wanted to
suck it up and spend some man hours, I guess I could learn how to
install a telephone exchange server on my 24-7 PC.... but I haven't gone
Its a crap shoot. It may be better, it may be worse. Your experience
does not reflect the rest of the US phone system. I know people that
changed numbers and regret it it. They may be held a while, but not
like it used to be.
Changing your phone number can be a problem too, depending on who needs
to contact you and how many people have to be notified. Someone always
miss the change too.
Even a "good" number is not always good. If you are one digit off from
the local drug dealer, pizza shop or other high volume user, expect a
lot of calls for them too. At work we had an 800 number one digit off
from Alaska Airlines. Never a day went buy we did not get a call. Used
to be a source for fun. Even after answering and saying this is
(company name) they would go on with a ticket or routing question.
On 03/29/2015 12:49 PM, Ed Pawlowski wrote:
When I lived in Ft. Worth (more than 25 years ago) I had "926" in my
phone number. Once I got a call from a boy saying "I want some pussy.".
Apparently, he thought he was dialing a 976 number (these were link 900
On Sun, 29 Mar 2015 09:55:41 -0700 (PDT), trader_4
Not always true. I got a phone connected and almost immediately started
getting some bill collector calls (not for anything I owed). Then one
of them said a name as in "Mr. Robertson, we expect you to..........".
Well, that's not my name, so I grabbed an older phone book at the
library, and found that someone with that name DID have this same phone
number, and not too long ago. (probably one year ago at most).
On one occasion, after repeated calls from this same place, telling me
to call an 800 number, I called them and angerily told them that they
have the wrong number, there is no such person at this number, and "Do
not call again". I even told them that I checked the phone book, and
this number appears to have been formerly owned by someone with that
name, but it's been reassigned.
Guess what, within 48 hours they were calling again. It was about 5pm
on a Friday when I got their message on my answering machine again. I
was quite pissed, and I called them again, ready to blow off some steam.
I got a recording that said "please hold for the next available person".
After waiting a few minutes, I laid down ther phone and walked away.
Several minutes later, I picked up the phone and heard their "elevator
music". I set the phone down and went about cooking dinner, cleaning
the bathroom, etc. At this point, I forgot about the phone, and it was
not until several hours later that I saw the phone off the hook, and
when I picked it up, I still heard that elevator music.
Since it was an 800 number, I knew THEY were paying for the call, and
since I did not need the phone, I'd just leave it off the hook and run
up their phone bill expense. Friday turned to Saturday, then Sunday,
and I still heard their crappy music on my phone. The last time I lifted
the phone was around 1:00 am Monday morning when I was getting ready for
bed. Yep, their music was still playing.....
Monday morning around 8:30AM, I heard the BEEP BEEP sound you get when a
phoen is off the hook. I grabbed the phone and it was no longer
connected. Well, that means that my phone was connected to their 800
number from 5 pm on Friday, until around 8 am on Monday. A total of
about 53 hours. I'm sure they had a HUGE phone bill to pay!
After that, I started getting repeated hangup calls. I called my phone
company, and explained the whole situation. They said they would put a
trace on my phone. I guess this means they can trace all of my calls,
but when I asked what they do after tracing them, they told me that they
can block specific numbers that appear to be causing the problem, but
that there has to be proof that this is not a legitimate call. They
said that they could just change my phone number if I requested it.
After finding out there was no cost to change the number, I just had
them change it, and I was sure to tell them to *NOT* give me a number
that was used by another person for at least five years. I got a new
number and never had that problem again.
On 3/29/2015 3:09 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Many of the alleged calling numbers are bogus anyway. Some are not even
in the US-phone-number format. Once I got a call allegedly from a number
almost identical to my own (two digits off), so I called, and of course
got some poor old guy who had no idea why his number had been used.
*Some* calls have been from the same number, but our "public" number is
a Google-Voice number which forwards to the real number that we give out
only to family and friends. Then we can block the number in Google
Voice: callers get a "this number is not in service" message.
Got an Indian-accented call a while ago allegedly from Microsoft to tell
me that my computer was spewing crap out across the internet. Since I
was in a hurry (getting ready to go away on vacation), I didn't have
time to string him along but simply told him he was a liar and scammer
and to go away.
I have been using This Pro Call Blocker for several years and it works
as long as a phone number shows up on caller ID.
I gotta ask, just how does a machine like this 'block' the call. If this unit is tied in parallel to the phone you
have then as the call comes in, it would ring on both your phone and this unit. Or do you plug your phone into it first?
And what about the 4 extensions in the rest of the house?
Just curious, I've thought about something like this too.
I've also seen the nomorobo http://www.nomorobo.com/signup for sign up and http://www.nomorobo.com/ for home page.
It is in parallel with the other phones (I have 5 plus an answering
machine). When some call comes in that you want to block, hang up.
Then push the button on the blocker to "save" that number. The next
time it calls, it will ring once then the blocker will hang up on it.
I've used this unit for some time and it works well, but is not perfect.
You need to plug caller ID phone line into unit and a phone into output
of unit. You will use this phone to program unit being unit has little
on-board programming function. Depending on phone plugged into unit it
might disable caller ID on phone. Unit also has tendency to freeze up
but can be "rebooted" by simply picking up phone plugged into unit.
Overall, poorly engineered but functional once you're used to it.
Considering all the junk calls I've received in the last year, that
would be several hundred numbers. Many (most) of those won't be used
again. For this device to be of much use to me, I'd need this year's
list in advance. And then, since many of the numbers would be spoofed,
some important calls may be blocked.
Call blocking devices are more of a placebo than anything useful. My
Panasonic phones have a feature that allows you to add numbers that
you want to block. As of today, I have 98 numbers blocked, at least 14
of these belong to "Consumer Services". If their robocaller doesn't
get an answer on one line, it just uses another of the hundreds of
lines they lease. They spoof their phone numbers also. I too, have
gotten calls from my own number.
I'm not saying to give up, but you will never stop these calls
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.