How do you block callers that frequently phone you?

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    Jul 20, 2011 3:25 PM GMT
    Are there landline phones that allow you to program the numbers of callers into them that you want to block? If so, would one phone stop my others from ringing or would I have to replace all of them? If not, is there some other method I'm overlooking short of moving?

    I give out my unlisted number as little as possible, have blocked 800 numbers, stopped all calls with no caller ID by activating Anonymous Call Rejection (*77) and managed to thwart most telemarketers by being on Do Not Call lists but I'm still having real quality of life issue as I'm increasingly bombarded by disruptive calls from charities exempt from that list and 888 numbers. While I also use a cellphone, shutting off the ringers to my landline phones, changing my number, giving up my landline or discontinuing charitable giving through other, legitimate channels isn't an option. It's gotten to the point where I never pick up the phone for a number I don't recognize but have to write it down, research whether they're scams and (the time consuming part) try to get them to stop calling. As soon as I figure out how, for example, to get the Lupus and Autism foundations, Autism Wings of Hope and the Fraternal Order of Police to stop calling they're replaced by new folk with their hands out.
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    Jul 20, 2011 3:40 PM GMT
    eagermuscle saidAre there landline phones that allow you to program the numbers of callers into them that you want to block?


    My Panasonic DECT phone has call blocking. After I enter the number into the block call list, the ringer only rings once when that number calls.
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    Jul 20, 2011 3:59 PM GMT
    I really wish telemarketing would be made illegal. That's the ONLY "legal" job that I'll be a job-snob about. I have absolutely no respect for anyone who "excels" at ripping people off being a telemarketer.

    As for blocking the call, I don't know. Florida is a Do Not Call state, so I just login to the donotcall.com registry and enter the telemarketer's number. That usually takes care of it.
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    Jul 20, 2011 5:35 PM GMT
    I automatically don't pick up for 800-series caller ID. However, I've noticed that many telemarketers have started using local phone numbers, some even listed as cell phone numbers. Unfortunately, since I'm running a business here, I have to pick up all those calls. A real pain when I'm working on something.
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    Jul 20, 2011 5:38 PM GMT
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    Jul 20, 2011 6:32 PM GMT
    Charities and political calls are exempt from the Do Not Call lists. However if you tell a charity or someone calling on behalf of a politician or political organization to not call you, they must remove you from their call list. Getting a phone that blocks numbers might help somewhat, but it isn't always like the old days where people were calling from a bank of phones in an office building somewhere. Often the charities and political organizations hire people to call from home instead of renting office space and so the numbers might always be different. Just ask to be taken off the list and be very careful about what information you give out online to businesses (if you show interest, they and their industry become exempt), politicians, charities, and organizations.
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    Jul 20, 2011 6:58 PM GMT
    I'm on the national do not call list, but I still get those sleazy robocalls claiming they can lower my credit card interest rate.
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    Jul 20, 2011 7:06 PM GMT
    A baseball bat to the base of the skull works well.
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    Jul 20, 2011 7:32 PM GMT
    You could set up a Google Voice number and have all numbers outside your contacts go straight to voicemail.

    I could go on and on about the virtues of Google Voice... it's amazing icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 20, 2011 10:37 PM GMT
    Cash saidA baseball bat to the base of the skull works well.


    That's pretty barbaric - - and the excitement is short lived. The way I'd handle it is I'd find the person calling me, make them believe I've fallen for them, marry them, and throughout the course of 30 years systematically make them miserable in small increments until they one day realize they've thrown away their one life and cannot get it back. Teach the fucker to interrupt my Stouffer's.
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    Jul 20, 2011 10:43 PM GMT
    i use the ignore button.
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    Jul 20, 2011 11:21 PM GMT
    Give up the land line unless you need it to connect the the home security system to a monitoring network. I gave up my number of 20 plus years because of bill collectors looking for scammers using names with my first initial, last name, address and number to open accounts that were not being paid. There has not been a single call since getting the cell. The cell number is not used when registering for anything on the web.
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    Jul 20, 2011 11:51 PM GMT
    I have a cell phone that I do not give out to anyone unless I know them. I have a skype number that I use for everything else. Once you give to a charity, a lot of them sell your number to other charities to make money. They just call my skype number and I do not use voicemail with it. They can call all day long and I will never know it.
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    Jul 21, 2011 2:19 AM GMT
    horned_frog saidYou could set up a Google Voice number and have all numbers outside your contacts go straight to voicemail...I could go on and on about the virtues of Google Voice... it's amazing

    This looks like a winner. You can not only send callers not on your contact list straight to voicemail but block whatever numbers you designate from voicemail itself, subjecting them to a decoy prerecorded message stating that your number has "been disconnected and is no longer in service:"



    It even autoblocks calls from numbers preidentified as spam in Google Voice's database!

    My big tech question is whether once it's ported to not only cell phones and probably regular landlines (portable and otherwise) it would repress rings on antique rotary phones I keep as part of my home landline since that old rotary technology typically still works after power failures which knock out the other landlines and is impervious to the atmospheric conditions that render cell phones useless. Of course, if Google Voice doesn't work with rotaries perhaps I could keep mine unplugged until needed, and if a telemarketer then gets through so what. Maybe during Armageddon I'd welcome the disruption.
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    Jul 31, 2011 2:46 PM GMT
    I secured a Google Voice number but so far haven't done anything with it pending the answer to a simpler question which the Google Voice forum has yet to answer so I thought I'd try my luck here.

    Can I block (and/or autoblock with their spam filter) unwanted callers that call my home landline number? Or does that only work with callers that call my Google Voice number? The latter defeats the purpose; I want to stop most callers who have my home landline number NOW, and if I have to redistribute a new number anyway it may as well be a new unlisted home landline number.
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    Jul 31, 2011 6:57 PM GMT
    Google Voice won't stop the unsolicited calls you're receiving now with your landline.

    Shutting off the ringers to my phones, changing my number, giving up my landline or discontinuing charitable giving through other, legitimate channels isn't an option.


    Are you serious? You have to give something up to make this problem go away. I think most of us here have ditched our landlines and are happily free from telemarketers.
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    Jul 31, 2011 7:16 PM GMT
    ppl still use land lines?
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    Jul 31, 2011 8:04 PM GMT
    By using a landline via local cable company, I was able to block any call that came in by using a code.
    Check with your provider to see if they offer this feature.

    If you use Verizon/Frontier/AT&T or any other of the "twisted-pair copper" land line, you're just SOL on blocking certain calls.

    Here's an idea my 80 y.o. Mother uses: ANY caller ID she doesn't recognize goes straight to the digital answering machine. Guess what? In the last 30 days, only ONE charity had the balls to leave a message.

    Or use this:

    Digitone_Call_Blocker_Unit.jpg

    http://www.digitone.com/
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    Jul 31, 2011 11:12 PM GMT
    Or just buy a cheap fax machine. Don't load any paper. Set it to auto-answer. After a few months, your number will drop off from the telemarketers' lists.

    During this time, instruct your family/friends to call your cell phone. Wait, you do have a cell phone right? icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 01, 2011 5:04 AM GMT
    When I had Verizon, there was a feature I had called Call Intercept. Required any call without called ID to identify themselves before the call would go through, and I had the option to accept, reject, or send to voicemail.

    I think with Verizon digital voice, there is also a capability to set up call block lists.

    I moved my number to Ooma, and I can create call block lists.