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I have always been ex-directory (including 20+ years at this address) as well as on TPS, and reckon I get maybe two or three cold calls a year at most. As soon as they start their speil I ask "where did you get this number?" and they usually hang up immediately. But as a previous poster has said, you do have to be careful when filling in forms to make sure you select or deselect the right contact options!
Best deterrent for nuisance calls generally is to simply put the phone down (down, not hang up) and leave 'em talking to themselves for a few minutes.
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Our cable phone service includes the ability to block up to 32 numbers; of which I use all 32 and have had to delete some on several occassions in order to add more. We also can block any number that doesn't have an ID with it. The only problem with that is all the friends and relatives who use cell phones that don't show an ID when thay call.
Many thanks for the input all, certainly a variety of options to consider. What gets me is that at present I get very few manned calls, its just these auto machines with a pre-recorded voice that are the worst at calling.
I'll hunt around for a good phone with blocking, though it seems I'll have to sign up to caller ID to get that feature to enable since it appears caller ID itself is a controlled/optional feature (though quite why it has to be enabled or not I've no idea why - guess its connected up to how the system works).
Imo, it should be illegal to use those auto-dial systems. In fact, laws are being drafted in the US and Canada to outlaw that sort of invasion of privacy; it's nothing but harrassment.
Personally I'd just make cold calling itself illegal. I can't recall ever having one that I actually wanted or benefited from - and I can't recall anyone ever saying "You know I got phoned up totally randomly by this company and it was great - really helped me with XXX"
Tell them you're busy and ask for their home number; say you'll call them later.
Get rid of your house phone That is what I said to Virgin a couple of years ago when they said it was nothing to do with them & it was my problem. Great I said in that case cut off the phone & while your at it do the same with the Internet & TV package
For me, if it's the land line I let it ring until the answer machine kicks in. Friends and family know I do this and hang on knowing I'll pick up. As for the mobile, if the number isn't displayed it doesn't get answered. If it is and it this cold caller, well the number is added to contacts with a name like 'Don't Answer'
Not ideal I know but it works.
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