How To Stop Those Annoying Unwanted Marketing & Survey Calls

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Home Stager with Sharon Tara Transformations

Unwanted phone calls for political candidates, polls and surveys have gotten out of control. It's enough to make a person crazy. 

Yes, we registered our number on the National Do Not Call Registry.  But that doesn't stop political and charitable calls.

I started out politely asking to be added to their "do not call" list, which doesn't seem to make any difference.

The more frequent the calls, the more annoyed and rude I became with each one....usually just hanging up as soon as they started their pitch.

The problem is, many of the calls are repeat callers...I hang up today, they call again tomorrow.

I had a little fun with one survey call by handing the phone to my six year old grandson who answered the questions with "I don't know what you mean" and "what are you talking about?"  My favorite of his replies was "I'm only six!"   As fun as that call was, the grandkids are not at my home enough to be a permanent solution to this problem.

 

I'm very happy to report that my husband has found a more efficient way to greatly reduce these annoying calls. 

 

I don't know why we didn't think of it sooner, because now that we know about it....it seems so obvious. Our phone provider, Metrocast, has a "call block" option.

Now, when we get one of these calls, we go online and we BLOCK that number.  

 

Annoying solicitation calls are not limited to land lines.  What about cell phones?

I have an Android phone and it's pretty easy to block calls using the  Auto Reject List  feature.  I have no experience with iPhones. 

 

Blocking and/or rejecting calls is not a perfect solution.

It doesn't prevent all calls from getting through.

It does prevent calls from getting through more than once and it has resulted in less calls at my house!

 

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Robert May
Robert W May - Lethbridge Real Estate - Lethbridge, AB
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I get 3 a day, 7 days a week.  I have now started to use an app on my phone to block them, it helps.

Jan 29, 2016 01:50 PM #167
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Victoria C.B. Trees  Another perfect example of why these calls should be illegal. How frustrating!

Arthur Welch   Whatever works!  I have tried talking jibberish and that's kind of fun.  Mostly I just hang up on them.

Robert May  It's maddening. I hope someday we get control of this. It seems like an easy fix if we just made them illegal.

Jan 29, 2016 10:20 PM #168
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Wendy Smith
Wendy Smith Real Estate - Clearwater, FL
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yes, the solicitation calls have gotten so out of control on my phone I no longer answer any out-of-the-area call, but quite a few use local calls.  My iPhone has the same call-block feature, not sure if its possible to fill it up but I must be close.  

Maybe I should modify my voicemail greeting to encourage callers, especially out of staters, to leave messages....

Feb 02, 2016 02:03 AM #169
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Wendy Smith  Out of control. I hope they make them illegal. There really is no reason they should be able to call us.

Feb 02, 2016 02:48 AM #170
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Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

Although actually blocking the number is more  practical, having your grandson take the survey call was probably far more fun!

Feb 05, 2016 12:13 AM #171
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Donna Foerster  I should hire him full time to be my operator. LOL

Feb 05, 2016 03:52 AM #172
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

On some days, we think we need to change our phone number. 

Feb 10, 2016 02:52 AM #173
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Roy Kelley   Leading up to the Primary circus we usually get tons of calls. The blocking must have worked because we didn't get anywhere near as many this time. 

Feb 10, 2016 02:58 AM #174
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Eren Millam
Realty World Cosser & Associates, Inc. - Chehalis, WA
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I used to not like solicitation calls, although I was always polite. Now, being a realtor, knowing how hard it is to cold call to make a sale, I don't mind them. I also provide them feedback..."If I was interested, you did a fantastic opening. Keep up the good work!" 

Feb 15, 2016 09:36 AM #175
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Eren Millam  I think it's great that you are polite and offer feedback. I'm sure they appreciate it. Now that I've blocked so many numbers and the calls have really decreased in number,  I find I'm not as annoyed when I do get one. 

Feb 15, 2016 09:26 PM #176
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Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

I just answer giving my Real Estate company's name and ask the caller if they are interested in either buying real estate or listing their property; I add that I would be happy to assist them.  That usually gets me a nice lead or ends the call. Solicitation can go both ways and I have a chance of making a connection.

Feb 18, 2016 02:29 PM #178
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Jane Chaulklin-Schott  You have come up with a great solution!  I LOVE it!

Feb 19, 2016 02:41 AM #179
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Wayne B. Pruner
Oregon First - Tigard, OR
Tigard Oregon Homes for Sale, Realtor, GRI

I can block numbers on my Iphone and it helps. I was trying to sell a piece of machinery on CraigsList and some idiot adopted me as his text pal. I blocked him too!

May 15, 2016 12:58 PM #180
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Wayne B. Pruner  Oh lucky you....nothing like making new friends on Craigslist. LOL!

May 16, 2016 03:12 AM #181
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John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
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Good Thursday morning Sharon Tara -

Thankfully and oddly enough we haven't been getting those calls.  I hope I just didn't jinx myself! 

Oct 05, 2016 11:21 PM #182
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

John McCormack  I feel differently re: poll calls since writing this. I'm now finding myself HAVING to participate because I want to help get Gary Johnson to the debate stage and they use poll numbers as a requirement for that to happen. I don't like it. I don't think the polls are done legitimately but I have no choice but to participate when they call. UGGGGGH!

Oct 06, 2016 01:19 AM #183
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Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
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Good Morning Sharoon - yes that registry is a real joke.  The phone technology works better.

Oct 06, 2016 01:31 AM #184
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Grant Schneider  It doesn't seem like I'm getting as many calls now that the primary elections are over. I think it has something to do with keeping the third party candidates out of the debates. They don't want my opinion on the upcoming election because I'm registered Independant.

Oct 06, 2016 01:34 AM #185
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Hi Sharon!  I have the very same issue and it drives me nuts!  I block and they call in on another number...UGH!  I'm getting the same duplications in junk email also.  Someone, please stop the madness!!  ;-)

Oct 06, 2016 01:26 PM #186
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Debe Maxwell  It can be so frustrating, especially when the calls are at a very inconvenient time or late evening.

Oct 06, 2016 09:57 PM #187
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