Update: we do not have a true landline, but we do get phone service through our cable provider bundled with the internet. 🙂
The discussion in the comments of the previous post veered into receiving spam telemarketer calls, which at best are annoying and at worst trying to scam you out of your money.
We’ve been receiving a huge number of these and I’m happy to let you know we unintentionally found a solution.
I present to you AT&T CL82307 DECT 6.0 Expandable Cordless Phone with Answering System & Smart Call Blocker, Silver/Black with 3 Handsets.
Say that three times fast.
Our old V-tech phones refused to hold the battery charge, so I would be in the middle of a very important discussion with Jeaniene Frost about the particulars of being a vampire in ancient Mesopotamia, and the phone would start beeping to let me know the battery was going. Finally, after much annoyance, I decided, in a fit of Christmas spree buying, to purchase new phones.
I was looking at something that had a decent battery life and noticed that this one offered the ability to block numbers. Sometimes we get 3-4 calls from the same scammer in a day, so that seemed like a good idea. I ordered it. We got the phone, hooked it up, everything seems to be working, so yay.
The next day, the phone rings. I can see in the window it says Jeaniene Frost. I am like, “Oh goodie, I can bitch to her about this crazy crap someone said.” I grab the phone.
Phone, in a manly baritone: You have a call from “Jeaniene Frost.”
Phone: If you want to answer, press 1.
Me: Ehh. ::press 1::
Apparently, this is what happens when you dial our number.
Haven’t gotten a single spam call in three days.
You too can have this awesome phone for about $50-60 from a retailer of your choice. Here is the link to Amazon and Best Buy. Best Buy is pricier but it price matches. I’m not using the affiliate account for this link, so I have no financial stake in you buying it. 🙂