How to stop those annoying Spam, Robo, and other nusiance type calls
We have all got that annoying call on our iPhone or Android device that is a Spam call. Someone threatening legal action, telling you you’ve received an inheritance from a rich uncle in Nigeria, a telemarketer, or a free cruise and then there’s the no answer calls, which leave us saying Hello, hello, hello and finally just hanging up – Yeah you know the ones. Here recently, these calls seem to have increased with a fervor and they have even gotten sneaky enough to mask their real number with a local number – so if you’re phone acts as a business line and you get 5 to 6 of these calls a day, you already understand the nuisance that this can be.
This week Dr. Rob shares with us a few ways that he knows to stop these calls and restore your peace to your day.
Before diving into this subject though, it’s important to first establish a few definitions. According to Verizon
- Robocallers: Automated, prerecorded phone messages
- Spammers: Unwanted callers that may be calling indiscriminately to a large number of recipients; sometimes includes callers to whom you’ve given consent to contact you
- Fraud calls: An entity likely pretending to be someone they’re not with malicious intent
So, with that in mind lets delve into your options.
1. Block the calls as they come in one by one.
The premise is simple, when you recognize the ring as an undesired call – just simply block it. This will prove to be an ongoing task and will probably never end in reality, but you can keep the spammers from using the same number twice – coincidently this same feature works great for ex boyfriends and ex-girlfriends too.
2. Spend Your Money Wisely
Know What phones do what and what carriers offer what in the way of protection.
Buy a phone that has built in features for identifying Suspected Spam calls such as any of the newer Samsung Galaxy S phones or the Google Pixels
Know what each carrier offers and choose what’s best for you.
Each of the major carriers offer some sort of spam call protection. None stop all unwanted calls completely, most do stop or at least warn you about most of the calls though. Some plans are included in your monthly bill and some are add-ons.
AT&T has an app called Call Protect.
Sprint has a premium add-on called Premium Caller ID
T-Mobile has a free service called Scam ID and Scam Block as well as a Premium upgrade for $4.00 a month
And of course Verizon Wireless has a Premium service Caller Name ID
Then you have Third-Party apps that offer a wide array of options. These you pay for, and most work by comparing the incoming number against a very large database of spam numbers that updates Daily, and if it finds a match – it shuts the call down before it can ever even ring your phone. A few of the better reviewed ones are listed below, as well as free trial/pricing info. They’re all good. Which one is better comes down to your preference.
- Nomorobo: 14-day free trial. After that, $1.99 / month or $19.99 / year
- RoboKiller: Free 7-day trial. After that, $2.99 / month or $24.99 / year
- Hiya: Free. Hiya partners with Samsung, AT&T, and T-Mobile to provide their spam ID services and also has standalone apps.
- TrueCaller: Free.
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If you know of any other handy tips for avoiding spam calls please do feel free to leave them for us to read in the comment section below