If you still have a land line, you are probably incredibly annoyed every time it rings. There was a point last year where I actually unplugged all of the phones in the house. I had enough of unwanted robocalls, and didn't know what else to do. We'd tried blocking anonymous calls, but that didn't work because it blocked my husband's number at work. I learned from a local friend about a free service called Nomorobo, and I wanted to share it with my readers because it is actually working for us.
How to Prevent Unwanted Robocalls
Nomorobo is a free service that recently won the FTC Robocall Challenge. Unfortunately, to set it up, you do need to have VoiP service, such as Verizon Digital Voice. If you do have that service, it's very easy. Just go to the Nomorobo website and select your carrier. From there, you'll be given a set of directions to follow for your specific situation. Essentially, you'll need to set up simultaneous ringing and add the Nomorobo number. Then, when your phone rings, it'll also ring for them. They match the number up with their huge database of known robo callers. If the call is an unwanted robocall, they'll play a message indicating that the call has been blocked by Nomorobo, and then hang up.
We've been using Nomorobo for about a month now, and only one rogue call has gotten through. Nomorobo claims that they only block unwanted robocalls, so school closings, pharmacy notifications, and other legitimate calls go through. We (thankfully) haven't had any school closings since I set it up, so I can't verify that. But, if legitimate calls do get blocked, they do offer a whitelist.
I have been so happy to have these calls eliminated – although the phone does ring once, I've learned to ignore the first ring. It has definitely improved the situation. Check out the Nomorobo site to see if it will work for you.
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