It's not the first time I've gone on recored stating that I LOVE Google! Each and everyday Google delivers good things to me, leads, maps, gmail, calendars. Oh I could go on and on!
Today in particular I got yet another call from a solicitor. This call was the THIRD one in a row, as if yesterday and the day before when I said, "NO!" didn't matter. Today because it's Wednesday maybe they figured I would change my mind?
Daily calls are more than just annoying they rank up there with harassment. They interfere with my train of thought, my time and frankly aren't how I want to spend my hours. I normally enjoy talking to people, but those who are trying to sell me something I said on multiple occasions I don't want, well you get the picture.
So after today's call I went to Google and BLOCKED that telephone number. Now when they call they will hear this:
"We're sorry you have reached a number that is disconnected or is no longer in service. If you feel you have reached this number in error please try your call again."
Ha ha ha, the joke is on you annoying solicitor!
How did I do this?
First all my published telephone numbers are Google Voice. (Free)
When a call comes in the caller has to state who they are. Not everyone does, but some do. I don't use this to "screen" my calls. I always answer my phone unless I'm with someone or in a meeting.
If I don't answer the caller has the option to leave a message, which in turn Google voice transcribes and emails me along with the recording. If the transcription is not correct (which oftentimes it isn't), I can listen to the recording.
This feature along is so valuable. I love having the email sent because it's so much easier to glance at an email when working with clients than to have to take the call or listen to a voice mail.
Plus, I now have an online record of the call.
To BLOCK a telephone number, Go to Google Voice, find the record of the call, click on the "more" drop-down box and BLOCK. You will have to confirm you actually want to BLOCK that number.
Here's what it looks like:
Congrats and carry on!
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