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Annoying Phone Calls...Gone?

Discussion in 'The OT' started by Rich, Mar 14, 2018 at 1:49 PM.

  1. Rich

    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

    Feb 22, 2007
    Piscataway, NJ
    I think I've found a way to get rid of unwanted phone calls. I only have a cell phone, no landline. My Samsung Note 4 (yeah, I know it's old) has a Do Not Disturb function and I dug into that function last week and modified the way my phone deals with calls. I went thru all me recent calls and made the callers I want to talk to Contacts. Then I set the phone so that only my Contact numbers can go thru. I figure anyone that really wants to talk to me that's not a Contact can always use my voicemail. Seems so simple and it works! I have not heard one quack (ringtone for all unknown callers) since I made the changes. I have received a lot of unwanted calls, my cell phone tracks all calls and not one voicemail...it works! I have the Do Not Disturb function set to Always On.

  2. trh

    trh This Space for Sale

    Nov 2, 2007
    NE FL
    So you're blocking anyone who isn't a contact. I have another level of filtering. At 9pm, my phone goes to Do Not Disturb. But I have My Favorites set to ring through no matter what time. Currently my Favorites are only my immediate family members. So after 9pm, everyone goes to voice mail but My Favorites.
  3. jclewter79

    jclewter79 Hall Of Fame

    Jan 8, 2008
    This is a good idea. I am going to have to set something like this up.
  4. Wolfmanjohn

    Wolfmanjohn Cool Member

    Aug 8, 2002
    Chico, CA
    If I'm near the office when an unfamiliar number shows on my landline caller ID, I go in there and hit the fax accept button on the all-in-one; the crackpot calls have decreased significantly since I started doing that.
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  5. NR4P

    NR4P Dad

    Jan 15, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    If you have an Android, a great app is SHOULD I ANSWER. It crowd sources good vs bad numbers. You can help by providing feedback on numbers. It's not perfect but yesterday blocked 4 SPAM CALLs. Phone never even rang. Its 4.8 stars. It's free but its so good I made a donation.

    Sorry iOS users. Its not really free there. To work real time, you have to pay $1.99/month. Not sure why it's different there but you get one month free to try it. But it will renew if you don't cancel.
  6. Rich

    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

    Feb 22, 2007
    Piscataway, NJ
    That's what I used to do. The way I'm doing it now works similarly, just 24 hours a day.

  7. Rich

    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

    Feb 22, 2007
    Piscataway, NJ
    Took me about a half hour to set up the phone, haven't had a robocall get thru since.

  8. Rich

    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

    Feb 22, 2007
    Piscataway, NJ
    What I did might be simpler. Phone never rings when a call comes in from someone not a Contact. My phone, the Note 4, is getting close to four years old, I'd think every Android phone has the ability to do what I did.

    Yeah, the IOS apps never seem to be without cost and I rarely pay for Android apps, never understood why.

  9. SledgeHammer

    SledgeHammer Icon

    Dec 28, 2007
    What if somebody is legit calling you from a number you aren't expecting? Then you'll never get it.

    No point in blocking #'s either because they just spoof the caller id. There is a way to block all the numbers that your phone lists as "Scam Likely". Dial #662#. That doesn't block all the calls, but it has reduced them by a lot for me.
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  10. scooper

    scooper Hall Of Fame

    Apr 22, 2002
    Youngsville NC
    I simply don't answer calls I don't want / can't take at the moment. My voicemail has a message to leave me name, Number, and purpose of call. If the caller can't do that - they're not worth my time.

    On the spoof - in general - if the call has the same first 6 digits as mine - I don't answer. They have never left a voicemail....

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