•   about 10 years ago

Both robo and telemarketing calls can be stopped

These types of calls can be stopped by a simple modification of an
old device called an answering machine. The modified answering machine would answer the call immediately and
not ring the phone. A verbal message would request that the caller enter a 4 digit number to have the phone ring. If no
number is entered or is incorrect the caller would be sent
to voice mail. I can not submit this to the challenge because
it violates the rules. The device I am describing is patented.
Mobile phones could be implement this approach without
hardware, but using software to prior to making the connection.
But there are two problems.

1). At&T owns the patent on the modified answering machine. They will not allow production since it would cut their income
from these robo and telemarketing calls.

2) Mobile carriers will not implement the software because
they would also see a reduction of income from these types of

Looks like the challenge is another smoke screen just like the
do not call list.


  •   •   about 10 years ago

    I agree with you, Curt, it seems to be a money maker for the service providers. It worries me that the FCC has no control over their own rules/regulations, and laws. I don't know about you, but I've received more robo calls in the last 3 months than ever before. My conclusion is the "inventors" are testing their ideas to see if it works or not. Reminds of the problems of the pop-ups...the only pop-ups I ever got were the ones advertising to buy pop-up blockers!

  •   •   about 10 years ago

    your right the solution is simple but when corp greed is involved then things get cloudy. All phone companies sell phone numbers and before long they will sell cell numbers.
    But at least with cell phones I have solved that problem already as many others have - at least we have a little control with the cell phone!

  •   •   about 10 years ago

    Modify the process to bypass the patent. The idea is to require additional uniqui input.

    ... press any key (or a specific key) within one second of a prompt.
    ... respeak (voice recognition) a word or phrase (more complicated and costly solution)
    ... simply wait ten or fifteen seconds (they won't because time is money, but would also be an inconvenience to valid callers)
    ... pass through known caller list only (may screen out valid attempts to contact for overdue credit card, etc.)

  •   •   about 10 years ago

    How does it stop the the robo calls?

  •   •   about 10 years ago

    If you are referring to Rose (USPat 4850013) it was issued in 1989 and should be expired. There is also Small (5563935) but that should expire Aug 14 2014 (unless its a 17 year from issue one).

    Either way, the time taken to deploy such schemes would mean that the patent rights would not be much of a concern.

    What the patents do mean however is that any prizes should go to the people who invented the ideas 20 years since...

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