Phone Spam

If you’re at all like me and most of the English speaking world, you hate telemarketer calls. They’re annoying in the extreme and almost always seem to be timed for when you REALLY don’t want to hear from some idiot selling something you don’t want in the first place.

Well, over the last six months or so I’ve seen a marked increase in the number of these calls in spite of the fact that I’m on the “do not call” list. Then there’s the latest craze.. robot callers that as soon as you answer the phone start up with an automated sales pitch. And of course, since it’s automated, there’s no way for you to talk back to them and tell ’em to stop calling you.

Another variation on this is automated calling systems being used by debt collection agencies. Many of them even have a bit in their automated spiel that says “If you are not {victim name}, please hang up. {pauses for a second} By staying on the line you are confirming that you are {victim name} … ” blah, blah, blah. What’s really cute is that it’ll do this even when it’s obviously talking to an answering machine.

Recently I heard about a neat little tech gadget that helps with this problem called the Telezaper. I did some looking around and managed to find it on sale for $8.97 which is a great deal compared to it’s normal $39.95 price tag.

This little gem plugs into the phone line between the wall jack and the phone, is battery powered so doesn’t need external power. on all incoming calls it emits tones that signal to the computerized dialer that the number they called doesn’t work. This causes the computer to hang up and drop your number from it’s list for that calling run.

The long and short of it is that I’m seriously wanting to lay hands on one of these while the sale price is still good. Ending, or even just cutting down on the number, of these calls is something I’d really like to see happen.

[Tags]telemarketers, debt collectors, unwanted calls, unsolicited sales calls[/tags]

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