According to the recently conducted research, almost every phone owner in the US for the past six months has gotten telesales call. However, many have no idea they were called or perhaps sidestepped the caller; this is all thanks to the fast-growing call blocking tactics technology.
A lot of these are not legal; most of them are recorded messages and robocalls which were banned some years ago. Some of these calls, if not all, are almost scam, the only exceptions are political and charity recorded messages.
Among many other calls that are made by real human are scams also or pressuring sales campaign. And the thing is we receive them almost every day on our landlines or phones. Truth be told, nobody wants such calls, but since some persons still fall for such things, these sales people and scammers will continue to do it – call!
How do you block these calls? The type of phone you use plays a vital role but almost every blocking service depends on a database of blacklisted numbers they check against incoming calls, on top of that, technology has made it possible to detect if a call is an automated robocall.
Block VOIP Calls
Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) might be something you have never heard of, but if you have a landline which is provided by an internet company like TV outfit, then there is a higher chance your phone is VOIP.
Simply put, VOIP phones use the internet for connections and calls. This implies that the internet can also be used to block unwanted calls. Nomorobo is a simple way to do this and it’s a free service. You do not need to purchase any equipment. The only thing you needs to do is to visit the site nomorobo.com, then answer some questions like providing your service provider and zip code, and the next thing is to activate Nomorobo, which you will get direction on how to do it.
In a Robocall Challenge which was organized by Federal Trade Commission, Nomorobo came first and the firm claims over half a billion robocalls have been blocked.
If your landline is not connected to VOIP that means your service is provided by a regular telecom provider. The internet cannot be used to block calls; however, your service provider is likely to provide some kind of blocking for some kinds of calls.
If not that, some devices are on market right now which are not expensive (they sell under $100) that can help you terminate such calls. What you need to do is plug it to your phone outlet and then have your phone plugged to it.
These devices can also be used by VOIP-enabled phones, which allow you to slim down the unwanted calls. Like it has been said, these devices work perfectly by checking your incoming calls against a list of numbers that are blacklisted. They also understand that the more numbers in the database of a manufacturer, the more effective its services will be. Some have hundreds and some have thousands.
The ability to add unwanted numbers with a single press of a button is one of the features you should watch out for when choosing a call blocking device.
Some examples of the devices are TeleZapper, Sentry Screener, Digitone (various models), CPR (various models, usually well-rated), LeeKer Landline, and Tel-Lynx Guardian.
According to Consumer Reports magazine, Call Blocker Plus from Digitone was the highest-rated device in a test.
However, every device has its own do’s and don’ts, it’s very crucial you find out what is important to you while you search for offers that give you what you want.
Block Unwanted Cell Phone Calls
Over half of homes in America have Wi-Fi, so it’s not surprising that phones are now core target for telesales people and scammers. Apple’s iOS and as well Android make it a bit easy to block calls after one or two attempts by the caller. To block calls on iPhones, go to phone call record and then at the bottom of the screen, click “Block this Caller”. On Android phones, simply go to privacy mode and allow calls only from your contacts.
Your network provider like Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile or AT&T may also allow call blocking services. You can check them to know more about their call blocking services.
Additionally, a lot of mobile apps and as well monitoring services with the ability to eliminate unwanted calls are now available. Examples of the apps are Call Blacklist, TrueCaller, Call Control, Norton Security, Hiya, and Safest Call Blocker.
Some of these apps can be bought for a one-off fee and some charge monthly for the service they provide. This is why it’s ideal to do your own findings.
You will need to take into account the type of phone and service you have, how much you are willing to pay, how many unwanted calls you receive and how much you are willing to share your personal information when you choose the FTC advises.
Considering the advancement of call blocking technology with its artificial intelligence, we may expect more functions and effectiveness from it. On top of that, it’s worth noting that every time a call is blacklisted, you might be helping other users of the service because the number is likely to be added to the blacklist of your network provider for all other consumers. CWP By Mary Cotton
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