Nomorobo Will Release Smartphone App to Block Robocalls
Those plagued with robocalls to their cell phone might soon have another tool in their arsenal.
The makers of the call-blocking service Nomorobo are planning on rolling out a smart phone app for iPhone and Android in the next few months. A beta release is expected this month.
The company already offers a free call-blocking service for internet-based home phones, but this could provide mobile users with some much-needed relief from robocall harassment. The company claims its software has blocked more than 59 million unwanted calls for its 360,000 users. Consumers Union reports that there's no word if the smartphone app will be free like the home-based service.
Instead of blocking a number after a robocall, Nomorobo uses a blacklist to stop calls from ever getting to your phone. The blacklist is comprised of numbers submitted by consumers, federal agencies, and from companies like Twilio.
For those who can't wait, there are already several call-blocking apps on the market including Truecaller, Mr. Number, Call Control and PrivacyStar.
Slowing Down Robocalls
Along with a call-blocking app, there are a couple of things you can do to slow down the number of robocalls you receive.
Don't Press 1: Usually the recording will ask you to press a button to be connected to a representative or to be removed from the call list. This is a lie. Don't press any buttons. Just hang up. Pressing a button lets the software making the all know that your number is good and you'll receive more robocalls.
Put Your Number on the National Do Not Call Registry: This isn't a foolproof method to prevent robocalls, but it can slow them down. Once on the list you won't get sales calls from legitimate companies, but you could still hear from scammers. Legitimate companies that ignore the National Do Not Call Registry or their internal no-call lists can pay big fines and face legal actions.
Don't Give Out Your Number: Be mindful of what lists your number ends up on. Avoid giving out your number unless necessary. Registering to vote? Legally, all you need to provide is your home address. Not providing your phone number could help you avoid political robocalls, which while annoying, are completely legal in most states.
You can also register for a free Google Voice number, which can be used in lieu of your real number if needed. Should calls get out of hand, it's easier to cancel and change a Google Voice number than your real number. Callers can also be prompted to say their name before the call comes to you.