Consumers hate robocalls and junk phone from telemarketers, and during election season the problem only gets worse.
Nomorobo: Winner Of The FTC Robocall Challenge
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) put out a call for solutions to the robocall/telemarketer problem, and Nomorobo answered the challenge with a FREE service for consumers that’s supported by most U.S.-based landline and cell carriers.
I signed up for Nomorobo myself this week, since I’ll never personally recommend any tech solution I haven’t tried myself, and so far it seems to be getting the job done. Where last week I was getting 3-4 robocalls a day, despite having registered my phone on the national Do Not Call registry, since signing up for Nomorobo I’ve only received one robocall that made it past the first ring.
Since telemarketers will always find a loophole if there is one, Nomorobo advises users that occasional robocalls may still get through and if they do, Nomorobo provides an online form where you can report any robocalls you’re still receiving. The one call that got through in my case is a call I’ve been receiving every single day, sometimes multiple times a day, for weeks. I haven’t gotten that call again since reporting it to Nomorobo.
How Does Nomorobo Work?
From the Nomorobo site’s FAQ:
Nomorobo uses a feature known as “Simultaneous Ring”. When simultaneous ring is enabled, your phone will ring on more than one number at the same time. The first device to pick it up gets the call and the other phones stop ringing.
So, when the Nomorobo number is enabled as a simultaneous ring number it is the first number to screen the call. If it’s a legitimate call, the call goes through to your number. If the call is an illegal robocaller, Nomorobo intercepts the call and hangs up for you. Your phone will ring once letting you know that the robocall has been answered and stopped.
Nomorobo utilizes a MASSIVE database of known, illegal robocallers, that we’ve compiled with the help of the FTC, user reports, and our own honey traps. If a call gets a match in our database, we grab the call. If there’s no match, we let the call go through.
What’s The Catch?
There isn’t really any catch, though the Nomorobo setup and registration process involves several steps. There are very clear, step-by-step instructions with screen shots to help guide you, but expect to spend ten minutes or so on this.
You have to set up a free Nomorobo account, then you have to register the phone number(s) for which you want the service turned on. The registration step requires logging into your phone service provider’s website and adjusting the Simultaneous Ring setting, then accepting a test call and confirming it was received on the Nomorobo site.
Nomorobo: finally, a solution to unwanted robocalls!
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