Christopher Burke • over 10 years ago
Free Suggestion to a US Citizen
I'm not a US citizen, so I'm not eligible to enter the competition. However there is a fairly simple technical solution to who ever wants the cash:
1. You internally extend the number space for all phone numbers by 4-6 digits (i.e. you pretend that phone numbers are 4-6 digits longer).
2. These 4-6 digits are effectively a PIN, which the end user can enter via a phone command (much like entering a redirect number etc).
3. When a person dials a given phone number (XXX) XXXX-XXXX for real, they now dial (XXX) XXXX-XXXX AAAAA
4. The call is then processed according to the new 'virtual' phone number that is entered by the real person that is calling.
In effect, the system creates a user alterable phone number allowing the end user to distinguish between real persons, and unsolicited calls. The PIN can be changed at any time if the original becomes compromised.
The end user can decided to ignore, respond with no such number, or to have silent ring (or any other options such as logging, voice response) to calls without the PIN.
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