It’s driving me crazy! Yes, unsolicited phone calls on my landline and I had to take some critical steps to stop unwanted phone calls from happening again and you too can do same. Do you feel anger when you receive those unsolicited calls from telemarketers, Robo-callers and want to know how to stop unwanted phone calls on your landline?
Well, you got here just in time because I too just discovered some of the best and easy ways to ensure these bugs don’t get to you anymore just as I was able to stop them.
How annoying can unwanted phone calls be?
Here is how annoying unsolicited calls could be especially since landlines do not display caller ID. First, I must say you are not alone as this madness has gone on for so long. A research by ACMA indicates that 51% of Australian residents received unwanted phone calls and a whopping 92% of those who received the calls think they come out as problematic.
Another analysis in the same report showed 38% as thinking just like me, that those calls were annoying! While 36% think unsolicited calls come at an inappropriate time; dinner time, when in bed or taking a nap, during special moments with that special person, etc. trying to sell to you something you actually don’t need! About 5.3 million Americans lamented of being disturbed by unsolicited callers in 2016 as noted by the Federal Trade Commission.
5 Easy ways to stop unwanted phone calls from Landlines
1. Using the ‘Do Not Call’ Service
The FCC guidelines provide a means to help resolve unwanted calls as well as guidelines surrounding how telemarketers and Robo-callers should operate without bugging down your life. Telemarketers could be restricted to only call your number after 8 a.m. and before 9 p.m. daily.
One of such effective ways to stop calls is the use of National Do Not Call registry. Some states also have a do not call service which you can confirm from the state government listing, blue pages or state phone directory.
The FCC can help restrict unsolicited calls to your landline when you sign up for the service free of charge. You can opt-in by registering your landline numbers as a ‘Do no Call’ number either through your phone line or via the internet at www.donotcall.gov. To register via your phone you must use the specific landline to register call: 1-888-382-1222 for voice or for TTY – 1-866-290-4236.
Once registered the telemarketing company must by obligation remove your number from their list within 31 days of your listing on the ‘Do Not Call’ listing.
2. Verizon Call Blocking service
With a landline, you have an excellent angle to block unsolicited calls using the Verizon home phone service. You can log into your phone account if you have one and then enter the numbers you intend blocking permanently.
Though Verizon still offers call blocking functions for anonymous calls, unfortunately, some of such calls still find a way to ring through. But you can opt for blocking those numbers permanently.
3. Use the Call Safe or TalkTalk Service
The TalkTalk (https://help2.talktalk.co.uk/about-callsafe) launched CallSafe feature allows you to screen calls before receiving them by dialing 1472. The CallSafe unsolicited call blocking service was launched just this January 17, 2018, and offers users a free service. It has three features, Approved which cover numbers you have dialed out at least twice within the last 35 days.
The blocked feature is for numbers that you’ve decided not to receive calls, they have been blacklisted. The blocked feature also contains numbers in CallSafe database of unwanted numbers. While the screened feature is for numbers not on your list; the caller has to record name and details while CallSafe replays the details to you so you decide if you want to block on keep in touch with that person. For unsolicited callers then usually end the call because they know you would screen the call out at the end.
4. Number blocking Option
You can opt for using your landline service provider if they have call blocking functions and then request to activate to block specific numbers when necessary. Some of them offer free or paid service of about $2-$5 monthly subscriptions. To activate you can press 3 on the landline or wait for the tone and dial *60. After dialing wait for confirmation if the service has now been activated or not.
To block a number add the area code and phone number and then press the #button to activate. You can end the calls once through. When unsolicited calls come in they will receive a message of uncompleted calls without the recipient’s ringing.
5. Blocking anonymous calls
The use of anonymous call blocking service works best for screening out numbers whose caller ID does not appear when they call. Calls that appear with ‘unknown caller’ or ‘Private name’ will usually be screened out for reaching you.
To activate the service simply dial *77 on your landline once you hear the dial tone. Wait till you get a confirmation tone and then you know it has been activated. Once activated, any call whose call does not display name and numbers would be informed that all calls without caller ID cannot be accepted by you. It will, therefore, require the caller to end the call, unblock Caller ID and call back.
How Spammers and annoying callers have access to your phone numbers
- Through yellow, blue pages or phone directory.
- People make searches on Google for numbers in certain areas to call through.
- Social media platforms and other online medium provide access to your number.
- Professional scrapers adopt different technological measures online such as phone spoofing to scrape mobile and landline numbers to sell to marketers and others for legal and illegal use.
- Random dial. Sometimes your number could have been dialed at random for marketing or spamming purpose.
As much as the ‘Do Not Call’ list helps reduce unsolicited calls, you need to understand that it only stops legal unwanted callers from troubling your lines. For regular and illegal spammers using the DNC, the feature will not stop spammers in any way.