•   about 8 years ago

Robocall Challenge

Create a device that the phone line plugs into and so does the phone or a phone itself. Preloaded with the obvious, local police, fire, hospital and ambulance services, schools, banks etc. to include all those authorized to call by the FTC. This would also provide a service to the public by having those numbers readily available.
Make the device one that can also upload data for new numbers of the above if they move so the device can be taken with them.
The user adds all the private numbers of family, friends and business they are in contact with.
The device would only allow calls from the preloaded list and the personal list, (which can be edited on both sides).
All others calls coming in would be routed to go to a busy single or telephone bank which can collect the data of those trying to call in both by the user and the FTC without the phone ringing or being connected to a bogus call.
If the numbers match a preloaded or personal number it would be allowed in.
The robocallers in essence would have to be calling from those numbers in order to bypass it and if one does the number can be blocked and reported by the device.
I retain all intellectual rights to this idea. hahaha
But it would work and provide a public service as well by having preloaded numbers.
Don't know where to submit the idea so I am entering it here.
Jerry Williamson

  • 9 comments

  •   •   about 8 years ago

    This won't work. I tried it with email. We all get critical unexpected calls every week. For example some truck driver from Best Buy called yesterday to say my new Range will arrive between 9am and 11am. How am I supposed to get his cell number in there? And my bank, and thousands of other businesses that also might want to do their own robocalls.

  •   •   about 8 years ago

    You don't have any intellectual rights to this idea :-)
    It is widely implemented by all call blocking applications on smart phones, once it becomes a common practice, you can't claim intellectual rights.

  •   •   about 8 years ago

    Actually it would work as I stated you can put business phone numbers in there and they can call from the business and provide a driver number.
    As for businesses doing robocalls that you have allowed at first you can pull the number out placing them in the disallowed list.
    So it would work.
    And name one device currently on the market that does this or application? If it was there people would be using it and the FTC wouldn't be asking for suggestions. And with that I do claim the intellectual rights to this idea. The site also states you can keep intellectual rights.

  •   •   about 8 years ago

    Any solution proposing creating a list of numbers won't work. You are only thinking from your own perspective. Is it possible to create a device preloaded with police, fire, hospital and ambulance services, schools, banks for everyone in the country? Is it possible for every phone users to anticipate every important calls that they might answer? what if your father is injured on the street, and a by-stander calling you on his cell phone? Don't be too simple minded.

  •   •   about 8 years ago

    You are correct no one can think of every scenario, but you have to start somewhere right?
    No its not possible to think of every little thing in life, but short of Congress outlawing robocall technology then there is no way to beat it.
    But you can be sure a device as I described would sell and would work over a period of time.
    My view is not one of being simple minded and its also not as naive to think your going to cover every possible outcome either.

  •   •   about 8 years ago

    So your saying a pre-loaded white listing of numbers. Good Idea. Additionally the FCC should set up sting operations to catch telemarketers and autocallers. Simple bank of servers with numbers that change randomly. If the number recieves and telemarketer call auto track the number to it's source or at least get it's IP address.

  •   •   about 8 years ago

    I think its a start I am sure it could be improved upon. I also see Jun W point of not being able to cover every scenario, but like I said its a start.

  •   •   about 8 years ago

    If FTC is looking for an idea to creating a blocking or allow list, or any procedure change, then it wouldn't be a challenge. Those are common sense solutions that might work or might not work, or might work over a period of time. That's why it has three criteria.
    If you have a smart phone please go search for call blocking apps, and see how many you can find.
    The challenge is to look for a solution that would work for every one safely and can be rolled out easily, that means not relying on any number list. You can propose a lot of different type of devices that firewall the incoming numbers, but it is not what this challenge is about, IMHO.

  •   •   about 8 years ago

    Thanks for the replies to all, its about coming up with a solution and in my humble opinion I presented and idea.
    A white list preloaded is viable and very possible with today's technology to cover all local towns, villages, city and states for that matter.
    Downloading an application doesn't include a white list, but your comment is providing further discussion as it should.
    Blocking a call is not the same as recording where it came from, and in my idea the robocallers would have to mask themselves as one of the phone numbers on the white list in order to make the call in the first place or not be recognized.

    I am sure the robocallers placing the calls would not want to using a phone number on the white lists as 100 or 10000 calls going out over that same number would make them more susceptible to being caught.

    Again its just an idea.

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