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Old 09-16-2016, 06:14 PM   #21
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Other than people I know (and I tell them they have to "run the gauntlet") none speak after "the tone" all my LL calls are screened. The only voice that sounds after the beep is a recording, someone I know or a wrong number.

I do tell the real people that actually speak that they have a wrong number.

I don't use my cell for anything unless I'm out of town and the junk is starting on that now just as it did on my company cell. They never stop and never will. They are like the terminator.
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I don't think that the NoMoRoBO and other blocks based on 'bad' phone lists are very effective anymore. As was mentioned, the spammers now just generate random numbers and IDs, so no way to block them based on number.

The systems that whitelist your contacts, and ask for input from others before letting them in sound good, but I am afraid I'll miss something I actually want.

So I'm also mainly relying on caller ID and the answering machine to screen. With caller ID, we can pick up anyone on our contact list or that we recognize (if we want). I've gotten to the point that if I'm near the phone, and it is a generic caller ID, I pick up and hang up before the machine kicks in. This saves me deleting it later. And I assume if it was a real person, or even a 'friendly' robo-call (like dentist appt reminder), they/it would assume the call dropped and try again. I'd pick up on the second try, or just let it go to the ans machine.

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I don't think that the NoMoRoBO and other blocks based on 'bad' phone lists are very effective anymore. As was mentioned, the spammers now just generate random numbers and IDs, so no way to block them based on number.
I have been using Nomorobo for nearly a year and it works very well for me. My only complaint is that you actually hear the first ring of every blocked call. If we hear a second ring, we know to look at caller ID to decide on picking up. Prior to nomorobo, I used to receive maybe 35 bogus calls a week (I didn't answer the phone, but it was annoying). I filled up my Verizon Fios block call list of 100 numbers real fast. So far, so good!
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And we wonder why "the kids" Text/SMS only as opposed to voice call........
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Old 09-17-2016, 05:47 AM   #25
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We updated our phones in the house a couple of weeks ago and now the phone announces what the caller UD says so we don't need to look. We get 95% robocalls on our landline.

A funny aside-the voice caller ID states the state as initials but tries to pronounce the name. CVS pharmacy sounds like someone spitting. It's sounds hilarious!


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I just set up NOMOROBO, works perfectly if you have a VOIP phone
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I just set up NOMOROBO, works perfectly if you have a VOIP phone
I have it set up. It requires a "simultaneous ring" feature on your phone, as it needs to ring their system at the same time it rings yours - then they hang up if the caller ID is on their black list. So you do get the first ring or two (caller ID comes between the 1st and 2nd ring). I have that feature on my VOIP phone, but I think other technologies offer that feature as well. Just depends on your provider.

Maybe my ring rules have got hose up on my end, it doesn't seem to be doing much for me anymore. But I still don't see how NOMOROBO can catch the spammers that change their number with every call - they need to develop their lists from those patterns.

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All I can say is that with NOMOROBO my robo calls went from 3 or 4 a day to zero. Yes, it rings once but I rarely answered the phone on the first ring anyway. My wife leaves the phone in a different place 10 times a day so I can never find the thing on the first ring anyway.
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Doesn't NoMoRobo also detect the dead air when it answers a call to your number that's from a telemarketer? I thought that was what makes them disconnect. We get quite a few calls that ring once only so it's working for us.

What drives me crazy is the number of employers who have employees use their cell phones for business. Someone on their way to the house for a legitimate business purpose calls to say they're on their way and Caller ID is meaningless; the phone may even be in the spouse's name.
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Doesn't NoMoRobo also detect the dead air when it answers a call to your number that's from a telemarketer? I thought that was what makes them disconnect. We get quite a few calls that ring once only so it's working for us.
No, it only decides based on the caller ID being on their black list.

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What drives me crazy is the number of employers who have employees use their cell phones for business. Someone on their way to the house for a legitimate business purpose calls to say they're on their way and Caller ID is meaningless; the phone may even be in the spouse's name.
Agreed. Very unprofessional and an annoyance to those of us who don't want to pick up a call we don't recognize.

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All I can say is that with NOMOROBO my robo calls went from 3 or 4 a day to zero. Yes, it rings once but I rarely answered the phone on the first ring anyway.
Maybe it's because I have the Ooma Premier service ($10 a month), but I don't even get that first ring. We simply don't get those calls at all.
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I have the Sentry wired in series, so when the phone rings, it's like the old days... we're excited that someone we know wants to talk!
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