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I recently purchased a Panasonic cordless phone with automatic call blocking. It requires a caller not listed in the Panasonic's phone book to enter a simple 3 digit code to be connected. After using the code the caller will not be asked again. My phone no longer rings with unwanted calls. It is very effective to the point where my phone is a useful appliance once again.
Perhaps there are other phone brands that have the same feature. I am not "advertising" for Panasonic phones and just want to make people aware of my experience. I have been annoyed by these calls for more than a few years and this is the first satisfactory solution I have run across. I have tried blocking individual numbers, the Do Not Call List, individual number blocking and Nomorobo with poor results. This is more than just a phone blocking feature. On the Panasonic phone it is called "Automatic Call Block", not to be confused with simply "call blocking".
Just curious, but what model Panasonic phone do you have? I know others have asked about such a phone.
I had a VTech phone with this feature. I threw it out because its discontinued proprietary-battery was getting too pricey.
This feature is essentially a self-service whitelist: call number > enter code > you're added. Instead of you maintaining the whitelist, others (humans) add themselves to your whitelist.
You need to distinguish between a robocaller and a telemarketer. A robocaller is a machine; a telemarketer is a human. However...and here's the twist...telemarketers nowadays rely on robocallers to dial and queue their calls. Meaning, you should be okay with this feature to block telemarketers (humans).
I make this distinction because not all telemarketers rely on robocallers. For example, I searched for a local HVAC tech and regrettably dialed the number supplied by Google Marketing. Big mistake. With this feature enabled on my VTech, hundreds of humans allowed themselves to leave messages on my answering machine. I disabled it.
I'm not sure which phones offer this feature or even its official name. It's some type of Call Screening...reverse Turing Test...CAPTCHA?
I was just curious of the model so I could look up a price. I been getting some telemarketers on my Ooma line and want to research my options.
Perhaps Ooma has a feature. This is my solution...
I recycled an old laptop with an internal dial-up modem...plugged it into a phone jack...installed PhoneTray Free (impossible to find nowadays)...and Allow Only. Worked great for 11 years!
If this interests you, I can send the executable.
Bruce said:Perhaps Ooma has a feature.
Oh they have a feature all right, just not under the free(tax only) account I am signed up for. Looking for a small plug and play solution under 100$. Got rid of all my old hardware in the last move, so don't have a spare laptop and desktop doesn't have a RJ11 port. Thanks though.