We still have a landline phone. I know, we’re dinosaurs. The reason I keep my landline is that in case of emergency, 911 can’t track a cellphone nearly as well. The only issue was, we were getting constant telemarketing calls on our landline, so much that my husband and I considered unplugging the phone and only plugging it in when we needed to use it. And then I heard of Nomorobo, and I’m happy to report that it has greatly improved the incessant ringing in our house.
Account setup is free for a landline phone. We have Verizon FiOS, so the setup was super easy, even for non-techies out there.
Here’s how it works: when you get an incoming call, your phone number rings at home and at NomoRobo. If the incoming number is recognized as a telemarketing call, NomoRobo answers. If it isn’t, then it continues to ring at your house.
Nomorobo does not catch all calls, but it catches probably 90% of the telemarketing calls we receive. You can even log into your Nomorobo account and log any calls that weren’t blocked so that Nomorobo can investigate and add to their database if need be.
The one other slight annoyance that I have found with Nomorobo is that we do get a single ring for these incoming calls– so it doesn’t completely quiet our phone, and we’re okay with that. We now know that if we get more than one ring, it’s likely a legitimate call.
Nomorobo now has a service for mobile phones— I have not used it, and there is a fee associated with it. When I receive an incoming spam call on my iPhone, I block it manually, and that has worked well for me.
Some other cordless landline phones now have a call blocking feature as well, but this would have to be done manually and many have a limit to how many numbers you can block. We don’t need a new landline phone right now, so I didn’t do any research on these at all. This all in one call blocker will block up to 1,200 numbers.
How do you deal with telemarketers?