TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Re: FTC Do Not Call List

Re: FTC Do Not Call List

Mark Crispin (MRC@CAC.Washington.EDU)
Thu, 8 Dec 2005 13:50:45 -0800

There's a very nice way to shut out all telemarketers.

See if your LOC offers Do Not Disturb service.

Do Not Disturb service, which is often *cheaper* than No Solicitation,
can be set with a 24 hour/day "no-disturb" period. To ring your
phone, the caller has to know a 4-digit password set by you. You can
optionally allow "emergency calling" with "*", which requires the
caller to state their name (and you get to hear that before deciding
whether or not to allow the call to connect).

You have to make sure that you do not have voice mail or other
forwarding, since it will send your call to your voice mail if you do.
An answering machine is OK.

I've done this for over a year now, and the blessed silence from my
landline phone has been delightful. The handful people who are
authorized to call me all know the password; and it's easy enough to
program it into the speed dial on most modern phones. You can also
change the password at any time.

-- Mark --
Science does not emerge from voting, party politics, or public debate.
Si vis pacem, para bellum.

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