Nigel Earthworm II • about 7 years ago
FTC Challenge is at odds with what consumers really want.
The FTC challenge was hopelessly flawed from the start. Most people want to stop ALL robo calls, not just the illegal ones. Do a search on the number of people annoyed by the political calls around November 2012.
The value of the DNC was destroyed by the many exemptions (i.e. political and charity calls). According to my call logs, eliminating all illegal robo-calls would only reduce my total robo calls by 25-35%. No thank you, I want to block them all.
Blocking all robo-calls, as well as most human telemarketers is very simple to do.
Apparently the FTC does not want us to block all robo calls, just the illegal ones. I beg to differ, and differ big-time! I now block all robo-calls, and even most telemarketer calls by humans too. I do not have to maintain any (constantly changing) Call-ID black lists or white lists.
An auto-answer solution is 100% effective against all robo calls from the moment you plug it in. The unit asks you to dial an extension to “ring through”. Robots cannot do this. There are several of these call blockers on the market, and some small PBX units can do an auto attendant function as well.
To discourage the human telemarketers one needs to add the right wording to your auto-answer outgoing message. Say something like this, “We do not accept any sales, political, charity, poll or market research calls. Telemarketers please hang up now.” In my experience, few if any telemarketers will ring through after such a message.
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