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I've never been much of an activist, but I'm sick of getting phone calls generated by machines trying to sell me something.

Consumer's Union, the folks that print Consumer Reports magazine, are spearheading a petition to pressure phone companies to make available call blocking technology that already exists to block robocalls.

Here's a link to their website: https://consumersunion.org/end-robocalls/

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There is a federal Do Not Call list which is a big joke. You are supposed to list your phone number(s) with it and are not to receive calls from telemarketers or robocalls. There is supposed to be a fine of $1K for each call made to a number in the DNC list. I'm tempted to log such calls and turn them in to the FCC. Call waiting is the best thing to identify who is calling. I feel if it is important, they can leave a message and I'll call back if I feel it's warranted.
I have received such calls on my land line and cell phone.
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yeah, these robocalls are a major PITA! i have heard if you hangup before the computer clicks in and starts talking it will think the call is not receivable and removes your number but no clue if that works as so many companies have robocallers.

sure would be nice to get those machines outlawed!

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I have to answer the phone at work and the ones I hate are the calls that come in and no one there. I get more of those than anything else. I miss the days when real people did the telemarketing. At least you could tell them you were not interested and hang up. Now I answer the phone to no one. Can't use the do not call list for a business.
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I get several of these calls (and calls from human telemarketers) daily on my work cell phone. As soon as I recognize it's a telemarketer (human or computer) I hang up. For a couple of seconds after hanging up, my phone screen has a button to add that number to my phone's contact list. I can also go back through my call history and choose to add numbers to my contact list on my phone later if I miss that button. I have an entry in my contact list I labeled ".Do Not Answer". The period in front causes my phone to place it at the top of the contacts list, so I don't need to scroll down to it each time I add a number. I changed the ring tone for that single contact to be silent. After years of doing this, the entry has quite a few numbers in it and gets 4-5 new entries each week as I get marketing calls from new numbers. In the last three days, this method has blocked 8 calls from interrupting my work.
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Sorry but Goverments can only collect taxes. Our goverment bent over and allowed them to harrress us on our cell phones now too . Criminal if you ask me , and some of them should be held accountable . They should be easy to find , there the ones who probably accepted huge cash donations to change the ruling

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I've never been much of an activist, but I'm sick of getting phone calls generated by machines trying to sell me something.

Consumer's Union, the folks that print Consumer Reports magazine, are spearheading a petition to pressure phone companies to make available call blocking technology that already exists to block robocalls.

Here's a link to their website: https://consumersunion.org/end-robocalls/
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marecat3, those are the robocalls im thinking of. the phone rings and nobody their for several seconds and then because someone answers (me) then the telemarketer will pick up and start talking.

its a robot that will sit and dial every number in my town 555.1234, 555.1235, 555.1236, etc...

but this is where i heard if you hang up fast enough they cant click in and the computer marks it as a bad number?

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There is a federal Do Not Call list which is a big joke. You are supposed to list your phone number(s) with it and are not to receive calls from telemarketers or robocalls. There is supposed to be a fine of $1K for each call made to a number in the DNC list. I'm tempted to log such calls and turn them in to the FCC. Call waiting is the best thing to identify who is calling. I feel if it is important, they can leave a message and I'll call back if I feel it's warranted.
I have received such calls on my land line and cell phone.
I've been on the "National Do Not Call List" since its beginning several years ago. It worked great for a while, but now people are learning to exploit the loopholes. Or they just ignore it entirely. At any rate, I'm getting lots of calls from telemarketers. Sometimes I just hang up. Sometimes I tell them that their call is illegal. But the calls just keep coming.
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There is a federal Do Not Call list which is a big joke. You are supposed to list your phone number(s) with it and are not to receive calls from telemarketers or robocalls. There is supposed to be a fine of $1K for each call made to a number in the DNC list. I'm tempted to log such calls and turn them in to the FCC. Call waiting is the best thing to identify who is calling. I feel if it is important, they can leave a message and I'll call back if I feel it's warranted.
I have received such calls on my land line and cell phone.
I have never gotten any satisfaction from the DNC complaint department. Sorry, but they could stop this if they really wanted to do so. They don't!

I use a program called NOMOREROBO. It is freeware that redirects any computer generated call to your phone, to a dead end mail box. Your phone only rings once and that is it. Between it and caller ID I am usually able to effectively screen the telemarketers and spam calls.

You'll never stop them...only the governments can do that, but it seems that they are unwilling to do it.

Forget getting your cell providers to help. Mine, only wants to sell you a blocking service. It is big business for them as they end up making money from the cell traffic.

I just add the numbers to a "Blocked Call" entry in my address book. I used to have a "Silent" ring tone assigned to it, but Apple in their greed took the ringtone away several updates ago. I sure that you could purchase it from them at their store.

Annoyed by the spam callers, frustrated, buy the silent ringtone from our store and make us money. (Sorry, for the rant!)

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