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A friend wants a land line phone with an unusual feature
Posted by: raz
Date: June 27, 2016 01:15PM
He runs a business from his home and is very frustrated by the quantity of robocalls that he receives.

What he would like is a device (hardware or software) that would answer the phone with
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Hello, you have reached <professional name>. To leave a message, press 1. To speak to <professional name> press 2.

Which should effectively filter out the robots.

Does such a device exist? Is there a better solution?



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Re: A friend wants a land line phone with an unusual feature
Posted by: Bixby
Date: June 27, 2016 01:17PM
[www.nomorobo.com]
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Re: A friend wants a land line phone with an unusual feature
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: June 27, 2016 02:06PM
Ooma Business has many features, including using the nomorobo block list , ooma community block list, and your own personal block list.

$200 capital investment. $20 per month service.

And I get a referral bonus if he wants, or cares. Or knows someone else who uses an Ooma.
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Re: A friend wants a land line phone with an unusual feature
Posted by: Hardly Worthit
Date: June 27, 2016 03:55PM
Re: A friend wants a land line phone with an unusual feature
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: June 27, 2016 06:14PM
The OP's friend is looking for a simple phone tree function.

The callcentric service seems like it would do the job.

But what are 'robo-calls'? Calls with a recorded message or 'brute-force' cold calls?

In the case of the latter, a person comes on the line after a few seconds once the victim's phone is answered.

So does the device/service hang up before a human can push the proper button?




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Re: A friend wants a land line phone with an unusual feature
Posted by: davemchine
Date: June 27, 2016 06:15PM
nomorobo sounds too good to be true. What's the catch?
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Re: A friend wants a land line phone with an unusual feature
Posted by: mrlynn
Date: June 27, 2016 06:49PM
I know this sounds quaint, but all he needs is an answering machine. Some will even direct calls to individual voice mailboxes, like higher-level voicemail systems will do.

We get lots of junk solicitations and robocalls on our home landline; if I don't recognize the caller ID, I just let the answering machine get it; usually they hang up.

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Re: A friend wants a land line phone with an unusual feature
Posted by: vicrock
Date: June 27, 2016 07:05PM
Nomorobo does not work with a lot of landline providers
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Re: A friend wants a land line phone with an unusual feature
Posted by: raz
Date: June 27, 2016 08:35PM
robo-calls are from boiler rooms. typically, they don't connect to a person on their end unless there's an answer.

and he has to answer unknown numbers. it could be a potential client



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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/27/2016 08:35PM by raz.
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Re: A friend wants a land line phone with an unusual feature
Posted by: bwicklander
Date: June 27, 2016 09:46PM
We had an ATT answering machine that had three mailboxes. The caller had to press 1,2, or 3 to leave a message. Very convenient.
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Re: A friend wants a land line phone with an unusual feature
Posted by: raz
Date: June 28, 2016 09:00AM
I've been searching the web for answering machines that force the caller to push a button to ring through, but my google-fu is weak.



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Re: A friend wants a land line phone with an unusual feature
Posted by: mspace
Date: June 28, 2016 09:20AM
No catch to nomorobo. Works. If your phone rings once and then nothing, it's a call nomorobo intercepted.
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Re: A friend wants a land line phone with an unusual feature
Posted by: raz
Date: June 28, 2016 09:38AM
ok. nomorobo might just do the trick. I'll suggest it.

and thank you all



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One potential rub?
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: June 28, 2016 11:28PM
Unfortunately, Nomorobo is not available on traditional analog landlines or wireless phones at this time.

They do Landline/VOIP and work with Sonic.net, so I might give them a try.

All it costs is an email address.




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all who would be called good
must suffer with him.

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There is no safety for honest men
except by believing all possible evil
of evil men.

We don’t do focus groups. They just ensure that you don’t offend anyone, and produce bland inoffensive products. —Sir Jonathan Ive

-An armed society is a polite society.
And hope is a lousy defense.

You make me pull, I'll put you down.

Mister, that's a ten-gallon hat on a twenty-gallon head.

I *love* Sigs. It's Glocks I hate.
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Re: A friend wants a land line phone with an unusual feature
Posted by: fauch
Date: June 29, 2016 06:28PM
Can't google voice do this?
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