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michelleobrien
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Posted on Wednesday, 05 April, 2017 - 04:35 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Apart from:

1) getting rid of my landline handset entirely
and relying solely on my mobile for voice
communication with the outside world

OR

2) spending £50 or (a lot?) more on a nuisance
number-blocking handset, which will only prove
efficient if I remember to register each and
every nuisance call

Does anyone know of a way to render my landline
phone

a) incapable of receiving ANY incoming call at all

AND

b) capable of making ONLY outgoing calls?

The nuisance calls (for 90percent of the time
silent with no voice attached) are starting to
get to me. This annoyance has been going on for I
would say the last 15 years but of late it's my
impression it's been getting much worse.

Michelle
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dreamrm
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Posted on Wednesday, 05 April, 2017 - 04:56 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

a&b - Depends on who you are with. I used to work for BT and I know landlines could be made incoming only, but I can't remember if they could be outgoing only. Simple way to find out - ask them.

I'm with BT and I currently use BT Call Protect to block known nuisance numbers and I can add new ones. It's FREE:-)

I'm also registered with Telephone Preference but I have my doubts about whether that helps - it may be reducing the number of callers but it doesn't deter all of them.
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hackinblack
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Posted on Wednesday, 05 April, 2017 - 07:38 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

can't you just get the number changed? sounds like you have good reason to do so.
and when you get a new one ONLY give it out to a very few people.

my wife received some crank calls while i was on shift work,which really unnerved her;
but being the clever little minx she was,she remembered the voice was someone who phoned earlier in the week about about a for-sale advert she'd put in a local paper

and he'd left his number on the ansaphone...!

it DID give the police a good chuckle;especially when it went to court,and the creep,who was 40-odd years old and lived with his mummy, got a hefty fine
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basementboy
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Posted on Wednesday, 05 April, 2017 - 08:57 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

If you disconnect the bell wire from the master socket that will silence some but not all phones. Electronic phones usually have the option to turn off the ringer.
TPS works at an exchange level, but only on registered business lines.I've caught out a major double glazing company who accidentally forgot to register 1 call centre.
I use caller id and only answer numbers I recognise and the rest go to answer phone.
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grahamrounce
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Posted on Thursday, 06 April, 2017 - 07:30 am:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I dint mean no arm, honest i dint! Me mum nearly arf killed me she did!
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michelleobrien
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Posted on Thursday, 06 April, 2017 - 09:42 am:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Many companies when you order goods on-line
insist you give them a phone number. The system
has been set up so that you can't complete the
on-line procedure if you don't provide a number.

However, in my experience the companies never
call the number in the very rare event of them
communicating with you about the order. They
always contact you by e-mail.

So why do they want the phone number? One must
conclude it's so you can be pestered on the phone
by sales people either working for them or to
whom they have passed on (sold?) your number
without your consent.

As a result I always now give a fake number. It's
my phone, not theirs. I bought it and I pay BT
for the use of it.

Michelle
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arw
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Posted on Thursday, 06 April, 2017 - 05:31 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

As mentioned above, you now get (free) BT Call Protect but you'll have to sign up for a year's rental. BT has a blacklist of numbers, and you can create your own, they get sent to junk voicemail.

The other effective way is to use a nuisance call intercepting phone or receiver, eg BT8500 or 8600

I wrote an item about it here, but it is slightly out of date now

http://www.alanwinstanley.com/consumer-stuff/2012/3/20/defeating-unsolicited-phone-calls.html

Not a single junk phone call has got through in 2½ years thanks to my BT8500 system (now the 8600 I believe).

-- Alan W
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externet
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Posted on Thursday, 06 April, 2017 - 11:20 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Disconnecting the ringer will solve the problem.

Or, as I do, ask the nuisance callers for their credit cards up front. When they ask why?, say you charge £60/hour if they want to talk to you, 1 hr. minimum.
Abolish the deciBel !
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bowden_p
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Posted on Saturday, 08 April, 2017 - 12:08 am:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hi Michelle,
How "fake" is the number you give? Can you be sure it isn't someone else's number? A bit unfair on them if so!

With regards, Paul.
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michelleobrien
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Posted on Saturday, 08 April, 2017 - 02:21 am:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

"How "fake" is the number you give? Can you be
sure it isn't someone else's number?"

-------------------------------

It's simple enough to contrive a "number" that
when dialed produces the response "The number you
have dialed has not been recognized."

The automated on-line order form that you are
completing doesn't (I think I am right in this)
test to see that the "number" you've filled in is
yours. The on-line form simply requires a set of
digits to be entered. And no human being is
around in the system to check to see if the
"number" you've given is yours or not.

But if you're still worried that some innocent
householder might get involved by your
machinations you can always provide the on-line
form with a number that the phone system WILL
recognize.

How about the number of the US Embassy in London,
or the Russian Embassy, or the Chinese Embassy
(political section)?

They won't mind, none of them can be described as
innocent, and they have their own ways of dealing
with cold callers, pushy sales people and
nuisance calls of all sorts, I'm sure.

And as I explained in a previous post, the
company you are ordering from will not be
involved because these companies always deal with
queries about your order by e-mail, never by
calling on the phone.

Michelle
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basementboy
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Posted on Saturday, 08 April, 2017 - 08:51 am:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The best idea I heard of is to buy an 0870 number (where you get a % of income) and give that out where ever you can. Your friends can still use the 'normal' number that sits behind the 0870 one.
So when these people-trying-to-make-an-honest-living ring you, you can talk for hours and then hang up, safe in the knowledge they are paying for the call.
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mark_r_abcd
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Posted on Monday, 10 April, 2017 - 10:08 am:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I now actively avoid AO.com since after buying an appliance from them, they used the phone number provided "so we can contact you in case of a problem with your order" to try to flog me a useless extended warranty.
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zeitghost
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Posted on Monday, 10 April, 2017 - 02:37 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Oddly enough AO did the same thing to me.

It didn't do much other than run the battery down in the phone.

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