...but you lot seem to have a bunch of experience of the old and gently
My old man's getting old. Late '70s, early stages of dementia. He lives
on his own, and gets a lot of scam calls - so tends to not answer the
His current phone hasn't got any kind of caller ID or display on it. A
cordless phone would disappear into the morass of old newspapers and junk
mail in about ten seconds flat, along with the scraps of paper he insists
on writing phone numbers on.
So... what's needed is a corded landline phone with nice big buttons and
a nice big display to show the name of who's calling from the address
I don't know of anyone who offers a telephone linked to a reverse number
lookup from a telephone book. There may be legal restrictions.
I believe some of the VOIP companies do offer something akin to spam
filter for phones.
And indeed like any of the cordless setups with base station have
(although I can see why one of those wouldn't do you). What about:
Amplicom PowerTel 30 Plus Big Button Desk Phone
Binatone Speakeasy 7 Big Button Corded Phone
HAL 9000: Dave. Put down those Windows disks. Dave. DAVE!
I think Nick was getting confused between 'the' address book and
'your' (Dads) address book. ;-)
I know you didn't mention your Dads hearing but ignoring that, this
seems to be well liked by many:
(Amazon.com product link shortened)
It looks like the CLI does hook up with the address book (if you
include the area code in the address book).
p24 "Phone book. Thirty-two phone numbers can be stored in the phone
book together with the associated names.
Always enter the area access code with the phone numbers so that
the telephone can also assign incoming local calls to a phone book
Cheers, T i m
Google scrapes reverse number lookups from the web, so even the names of
companies you haven't entered into your phonebook are displayed. This
only seems to apply to Nexus devices and you have to opt-in, but I don't
suppose the O/P wants a smartphone for his Dad.
It's possible something could be arranged with a tablet and a USB handset -
that might make a nice 'big screen phone', with either touchscreen buttons or
buttons on the handset.
What does Google scrape in the case of 'cold call scammer', since I imagine
that sort of number is only listed in the 'Who called me?' forums or
Usually nothing, the feature is called "Caller ID by Google" I don't
know if it's still restricted to Nexus devices, but it used to be.
Looking at the help page it seems it looks at Google Places listings and
address lists linked to accounts on your device (e.g. it could lookup
colleagues' direct numbers) rather than the web at large.
Not clear how long the tablet battery will last with it being charged full
Or how many can handle a USB phone either.
Some phablets will work in that config but again,
not clear how long the battery will last and not all
that many with user replaceable batteries now.
And not many with very solid USB charger cables either.
Some with inductive charging, but in that case the
phablet may well get lost pretty easily unless its in
some form of protective case with a security cable.
I assumed he meant it shows you the name of the valid calling companies
and you just ignore the calls from operations that Google can't put a name
to or even just have those auto blocked although that may be a bit risky if
it happens to be the doctor who has just moved his surgery etc.
One of my partner's friends has a service that requires callers to
identify themselves by name and press the hash key before the call is
passed on. I think it is provided by BT, but I've not seen what the
equipment at her end is like.
Sign him up to the telephone preference service TPS, this stops a lot of nu
isance calls. Once activated it takes a few weeks during which you noticeab
ly get fewer calls eventually they stop. The only persistent ones we get ar
e the "no win, no fee" legal firms because someone has put out details of a
n accident we had 2 years ago.
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