I am sick of the cold calls despite being on the TPS, ex directory and opting out of the open electoral roll etc. Usually, it's a London number, but of course, it isn't really; it's one of these re routing occasions where callers frm abraod can masquearde as being from London. I hate to say this because I know how it will read and I am not being offensive, but the accent used to give these cold callers from foreign 'boiler rooms' away but now, one might give them a moment longer than they deserve because it just could be someone in London....Either way though, a cold call is a cold call, whether one realises quickly or not. I tried the block of unknown callers that Virgin offers but it meant on one occasion, missing a vital call from a university switchboard concerning a family member. I had to take the block off again and so re- expose myself to the cold calls again.
Then I heard recently of BT Protect and promptly rang Virgin to find out if I could have it. Apparently not. Why? If BT can do it why not Virgin? This is quite possibly worth re instating my BT line for (there's a charge) and of course, once I have that back, I could as well as the phone line, more easily move the TV and Broadband...
Virgin, if you read this, please answer- I can't be the only one wanting to block these nuisance calls.
If anyone in the community knows more about this, please enlighten me.
even with those limitations , Call guardian is 100% effective. the foreign callers use the same "fake" caller ID number every time, so once blocked it stays blocked. you can add a rule to block what shows as a string of zeros in caller ID., that catches some others.
I have not had a single call from "Microsoft," "Canadian Pharmacies" , or " can "I speak to the BT account holder" for months.
we allow "caller withheld", in case it is doctors, hospitals, police... etc but those are routed directly to answer machine , where we can ring back only if we choose to
as a backup . I have a list of blocked numbers in excel in case I ever need to replace the phones. most of these were carried over from our previous panasonic handsets, which only allowed a local store of 30 numbers to block:
if mods recide I cannot publicly post them, then happy to PM
Which? has just posted this online 5th october 2017:
TalkTalk has also recently activated Caller Display and a Last Call Barring service for all of its customers. This means that if the Check and Report database suggests a number could be troublesome, customers can easily block it from their landline to avoid further disturbance. These features, along with Check and Report, are supplied free of charge.