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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.
Panasonic identifies this feature as "Automated Callers Block" on the following units:
2 modes: Block or Unblock
1. Receive call2. Suppress ring (nice!)3. Lookup Caller ID data in the following lists: - name in Allow Name List (allow) - number in Phonebook (allow) - number in Redial List (allow) - number in White List (allow) - number in Call Block List (disconnect) - call previously blocked in Caller List (disconnect)4. If lookup fails, prompt caller to enter the [static] access code5. If caller fails to enter the code...or, I assume, the incorrect code...disconnectOperating Instructions atfiles.bbystatic.com/.../DF89A1AE-6984-4990-B91C-7EC57778E170.pdf
Thanks Bruce for this info. I have the last-generation Panasonic which allows me to hit Call Block. usually wait until the spammer calls a 2nd time before adding that number to the "block" list. Otherwise, I would have filled all 150 slots in 3 weeks. I wonder if some callers (friends, coworkers, neighbors--who are not currently in my phone) will be repelled by the idea of entering a short code in order to get thru to me? I remember a feature from 15 years ago where the caller had to say his/her name into the phone before the call would go thru; this seemed to irritate some people.
These phones have a lot of lists but 1 is for your concern: Allow Name List
Basically, if you don't know a potential caller's number, you can enter their name on the Allow Name List. If a caller's name matches, no code is necessary. I'm unsure if the lookup has to be an exact or "fuzzy" match. Probably exact.
I was curious how a potential caller would even know the code. There are 2 types of greeting messages: pre-recorded and customize. In the customize section, the instructions caution to include the access code in the greeting. That answers that. However, could advance robocall software detect an audible code? If so, I'd greet, "What is the sum of 5, 5, 1?"
I agree with your "2nd time" strategy because 36% of my calls are from 1-time numbers.
I was reading reviews of people who have purchased the phones. They make it seem like the default setting is the number 1. A caller has to press 1 before the call will go through. Which would indicate that the pre-recorded message tells the caller to press 1. No robocall will press 1 ( until they adapt to the new technology). No reviewers mentioned having to "customize" an access code.
Yes, the factory-default code is 1. However, from the Instructions...
If the unit answers the undesirable calls such robocall even though the automated callers block function is on, change the access code (3 digits max.). The default setting is "1."
I will assume, if you change the code, the pre-recorded greeting will probably audibly adopt it.
Not customize an access code...but customized a greeting. "Hello. This is Yak...yada, yada, yada..." If you record a customized greeting, include the access code.