Call Blocking Features

What Is Call Blocking?

In this article, we are talking about call blocking. We are going to discuss devices or technologies which can step several unwanted calls that you get including illegal robocalls and scam calls before they reach you. Home phones, mobile phones, and landlines that use voice over internet protocol have their own call block options. However, you should know that call blocking services can only block some of the legitimate calls. There are some companies which offer call labelling. The call labelling services show categories such as ‘spam’ or ‘scam likely’ on your phone’s Call ID for the incoming calls. So, you can choose whether you want to answer them all or not.

Check what built-in features does your phone has:

Most mobile phones come with an option that allows you to block calls from specific phone numbers although there may be a limit to how many phone numbers you can block. Also, mobile phones usually have features such as Do Not Disturb where you can set time during which incoming calls straight go to voicemail.

Download an app to Block Unwanted Calls:

Downloading a call blocking app on the mobile phone is one of the best methods of blocking unwanted calls. Such an app can act as a filter. The companies which make these apps use call reports or data from users to predict which phone calls are likely to scam or illegal. These apps then intercept those calls before they can reach you. Some call blocking apps are free while for others you will need to pay for.

To download a call block app:

•           Go to the app store on your phone and check the ratings of different call blocking apps.

•           Look at the online expert reviews on the call blocking apps.

•           Also, you can search for a list of call blocking apps for cell phones online. You can find a list for Blackberry, iOS, Android or Windows phones.

Usually, such allow you to pick how to respond to the incoming calls which are flagged as scams. Calls may:

•           Ring silently

•           Be stopped

•           Go to voicemail directly

Also, such apps allow you to do things like:

•           Block incoming calls based on the location or an area code

•           Allows you to make a blacklist of phone numbers to block or a whitelist of the number to allow through

•           Send a pre-written text message to the caller

Some call blocking apps access your phone contacts, so you have to know whether that is significant to you. The call block app privacy policy must describe how it’s getting and using your information.

Learn if your phone is using the internet (VoIP)

It is possible that you have VoIP phone services on your residential phone and do not know it. VoIP simply makes calls over the internet and there are no phone lines involved. If you are not sure what options, you have then you can also contact your carrier. However, if you get your phone service via a cable company or use internet then you likely have VoIP services. If you do not have an internet-based phone, then you can skip down to the advice on call blocking on a regular landline.

Check for expert reviews on the internet-based call-blocking services:

Call blocking services that are Internet-based block incoming calls on phones which use the internet. Your phone company may be able to suggest a service. However, you can look online for expert reviews. A few such services are free while others charge you every month.

Few internet-based services and mobile phone apps need all incoming calls to be routed via their Blocked Calls service, where these calls are instantly analysed. You might have options about how unwanted phone calls are managed. For instance, an unwanted call may:

•           Ring silently

•           Be stopped

•           Go to a spam folder

•           Go to a separate voicemail straight

 

Install a call blocking-device:

If your residential telephone is a regular traditional landline which does not use the VoIP, then you can purchase and install a call blocking device. These devices are usually small boxes which you attach to your phone. Few devices utilise blacklist databases of identified scam phone numbers but allow you to add phone numbers you want to block. Other devices depend on you to make and update your own blacklist of phone numbers to block.

Some devices use blacklists to:

•           Divert incoming calls to voicemail

•           Stop unwanted phone calls

•           Connect the callers to a recording with choices so that the real caller can still get through

•           Show a blinking light when unwanted phone calls come in

A number of devices also utilise whitelists of permitted phone numbers. That can help you limit which phone calls get through or allow you to set up ‘do not disturb’ hours during the day in which phone calls go to voicemail directly. Also, there are devices which try to get rid of robocalls by playing a pre-recorded message which prompts callers to press a certain number to continue the phone call.

Calls from Fake phone Numbers or “Spoofing”

Sometimes the call blocking features can stop phone calls from scammers who make fake phone numbers or names show up on your caller ID. Often, call scammers use spoofed names and phone numbers such as government imposter scams to make you think it is social security or the law enforcement calling. These scammers can try to convince you to pay them gift cards or wire money.

In something called neighbour spoofing, scammers display a phone number with your area code. Often, they match the first 6 digits of your number, so you are more probably to answer that call. Usually, these fake names and phone numbers belong to a real person who had no idea that their information is being misused.

What About Robocalls?

If you answer a call and hear a pre-recorded message rather than a live person, then it is a robocall. These calls are used to ty and sell you something which is illegal unless you have provided the business your written consent to call you this way. If somebody is breaking the law already by robocalling without permission, then there is a good chance that it is a scam. At least, it is a company you do not need to do business with. Call blocking can also help you stop the robocalls. However, there are still some robocalls which will get through. If you still get an illegal robocall then all you can do it hang up. Make sure to not press a number which can lead to more robocalls. You can also report to the authorities.

What About the National Do Not Call Registry?

The national do not call registry is made to stop the sales calls from the companies that do follow the law. This registry is a list which tells telemarketers what phone numbers not to call. However, scammers might not care that you are on the registry. Although the registry cannot stop the unwanted call you get, being on the do not call registry can make it easier for you to stop the illegal phone calls. If a caller ignores the registry then there are chances that it is a scam. Even if it is not a scam you do not need to do business with or provide our information to somebody who is calling you illegally.

Alen Parker

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