Discussion in 'privacy general' started by ronjor, May 6, 2018.
By Tara Siegel Bernard May 6, 2018
The elderly I know on landlines are getting 30+ robocalls per week.
Solution: ditch landlines and turn "do not disturb" (privacy configured) on with smartphones. Haven't had a robo make it through in years.
I use this app:
Looks interesting. I used to install 3rd party apps too, but Google Pixel XLs have outstanding Oreo DND native support. Any time I can go native OS support I do. Especially good is the NO visual disturbances features too. My screen doesn't even light up when a "no contact" phone call comes in. Love it.
Just dont pick up to unknown numbers. If its someone you know they will leave a message or text you.
Solution keep the land line and use this:
"CPR Call Blocker Protect - White List Call Blocker - Protect Vulnerable Adults - Block All Apart From Who You Want To Speak To"
No robocalls here.
I use the same CPR blocker on my landline...................now I cant remember the last time I had a nuisance call. Set and forget. Now if only they did something that good for my iphone...........
I use the Digitone call blocker. It blocks 1000 numbers or area codes. I've been using an earlier version of their product for several years and it was worth the money and this one is too.
Check this link: https://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/how-to-block-calls-on-an-apple-iphone/
The thing is I don't want to be disturbed at all. If I am watching primetime TV I don't want to deflect my attention and observe its a call from an unknown caller. I don't even want to see my phone screen light up (visual disturbances) at all. My way, the phone sits quiet and DARK with no disturbances for unknown (non-contact) callers. Its amazingly freeing not even having to ignore a call or illuminated screen. Later if such a caller leaves a voicemail (also totally quiet on my end) I can respond to it on my timetable.
Regarding landlines my issue was family would leave messages while I was out and then I constantly had to play "tag" with them to return the calls. No thanks, now they call my phone and its wherever I am without the "tag team" thing going on.
Just turn the phone around so you don't see the light, I actually enjoy seeing the jerks trying to get through.
To each his own! I write code all day long and when I want to rest during the evening, I also want to be left alone. If you enjoy seeing the jerks trying to get through --- your words ------ then at at least give them a smile for me too. I understand where you are coming from!
@Palancar yes I get your point and I agree the app is a good one, but I want one that has AI and answers the calls and if it's telemarketers it will play along asking dumb questions about the product.
Pet insurance? Can I insure my kids with that?
No it's only for pets
Oh okay, I'd like a rabbit then.
You want to insure you rabbit?
No I don't have a rabbit.
But you said...
I said I want a rabbit, a white one with a top hat on, how much are they?
We don't sell Rabbits we sell insurance.
Oh okay well I like ducks too, how much are your ducks?
Actually who needs AI? I could do that myself
Why Robocallers Win Even if You Don’t Answer
Caller ID: The Technology Made For Scammers
Reminds me on a Very Small Scale when AT&T/others would collect for Psychic readings calls. Take their cut ~20% & pass on the rest. If you didn't pay no landline & your credit was borked.
Has anybody here used the free Android app "NoPhoneSpam" (from F-Droid and Google Play Store)?
Google’s Phone app can now prevent some spam calls from interrupting you
July 13, 2018
I get spam from 555-555-xxxx.
Android 8.1 here. Can I just add 555-555-**** to my call reject list? Or is it 555-555-####?
Running 8.1 on an unlocked phone here. The easiest way to make all this crap go away is with Oreo's "do not disturb" rules.
e.g. in my case I have my phone ring ONLY for contacts on calls/texts during the daylight hours. Do not disturb is set to starred phone contacts during my "sleep" time and NO noise from any texts. Even visual disturbances are eliminated 24/7 so that the screen won't even light up at all if any call or text comes in that won't ring/sound off. Its so nice to never be disturbed by folks you have no intention of interacting with in the first place. It takes a few seconds to add a contact so when someone calls and you "miss" their call you add their contact info. Never again will you miss them via do not disturb. Anybody can leave a voicemail but I set it to no tone and I listen to them a few times a day. As you know salespeople and folks you just don't know usually will NOT leave a message. I have been doing this for years and now I almost never miss a call because a name wasn't in my contact list. You will be in a place where the phone connects you to everybody you want to communicate with and eliminates the disturbances for all others in a short time of doing this. Try it, you'll never go back if you do. Oreo is the best at it so far!
Not at all what I'm talking about.
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