Let’s face it, we all get them and we all hate them; annoying robocalls and telemarketers. Here are some ways to help get rid of them all together, or dramatically cut down the number you receive.
First, some facts:
- 29 Billion unwanted prerecorded calls hit American phones last year.
- The more calls you answer, the more calls you’ll receive.
- There are companies who do not find out or care if you’re on the Do Not Call registry.
With that said, getting rid of them entirely may be impossible, but you can fight back.
- Register your phone number on the National Do Not Call registry at https://www.donotcall.gov/. This is your first line of defense. Even though some companies ignore, or don’t check the registry, being on the registry will cut back the number of unwanted calls you are receiving. Registering your number is easy – all you need is your phone number and email address. Once you have registered your phone number, it will stay on the list forever. If you think you may have already registered your number but can’t remember, you can check and confirm here https://www.donotcall.gov/confirm/conf.aspx
- Check with your carrier to see if they offer services that will block fraudulent calls. T-Mobile and AT&T are two that do.
- Download apps that block robocalls.
- Nomorobo – Verizon recommends downloading Nomorobo. It answers robocalls for you and blacklists the number to keep them from calling other customers. The service is free for landlines and costs $1.99 a month for mobile lines.
- Call Blocker – This app works on Android phones and allows customers to block calls at certain times. It costs $9.99 for a year subscription.
- TrueCaller – This app works on both Android and IOS and uses a community-based span list to identify robocalls. It costs $1.99 a month.
- YouMail – This app is free and replaces your existing voicemail. It includes an automated virtual receptionist that tells the caller your number is out of service.
- The Jolly Roger Telephone Company – Have a little fun. This allows you to pick a robot who will do the talking for you. You have to answer the call and then transfer it to your robot. The robot can recognize voice patterns and respond in a way that will tie up telemarketers. A one year subscription is $6.00.
All of these tips will help reduce the number of unwanted calls your are receiving. Hopefully the day will come when technology will find a way that we don’t receive any. Good luck!