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Old 6th Apr 2021, 07:04
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Originally Posted by ZFT View Post
I am amazed at this thread. I live in the so called third world and get a "wrong" number maybe once a month!
If you think about the motivation behind scam/robocalling, that makes complete sense.
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Old 6th Apr 2021, 07:06
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We have more than our fair share of scammers, rest assured
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Old 6th Apr 2021, 07:06
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I too am amazed. I don't know if I'm very lucky, or have taken necessary precautions to ensure I'm not plagued with nuisance calls.

On the landline, which we keep, but I don't really know why, we have a free call screener from our provider which blocks all withheld numbers, and asks unknown callers to announce themselves. we get zero scam / marketing calls on that phone. I am extremely cautious as to whom I hand out my mobile number, and get extremely few (less than one per month) marketing or malicious phones calls or texts.

I answer all calls (our GP incidentally stopped withholding their number some time ago) since at present the incidence of nuisance calls is so low. If it were to rise, I would certainly think twice.
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Old 6th Apr 2021, 07:13
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I never answer the mobile phone. No service here so it is only switched on when I go out ... and then I'm driving most of the time, so don't answer it.

If the landline rings I answer it if I feel like it. Sometimes even when I have a visitor - I like to see them laugh at me lambasting a caller from "BT" who wants to help me get my internet working again...like.... "About time you called, I reported this fault three days ago and I haven't heard anything from you yet, what sort of an outfit are you running..." I enjoy it so much I sometimes keep on after they have hung up.
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Old 6th Apr 2021, 07:31
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I answer all incoming calls without fail. Mostly they are from people or companies I want to talk to and there are a small number auto-cut offs from robots. The actual number of nuisance calls is very low - a couple a month - I either politely decline their offers or engage in a little banter.......or swear at them in Hindi

Either way I like having a phone and using it.
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Old 6th Apr 2021, 08:11
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Originally Posted by Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh! View Post
Obviously I mean cell phone, because who even has a landline any more right?
It's amazing that humans invent fabulous technologies, then other humans invent ways to make those technologies unusable
I have a landline, right! For me the advantage of a land line is that it's in the house and I can both use and answer it without having to walk a few hundred metres up the road.

The development of the mobile network hasn't made the landline obsolete. It would be more correct to say that the mobile network has failed to make itself accessible to me, because they seem content to make claims such as '99% coverage' and can't be bothered to put in the effort to reach me.

I should take the view that being part of the 1% makes me rather special.
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Old 6th Apr 2021, 09:30
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We have a landline and three mobile things. M'lady uses her minimalist 'clamshell' job quite often. My two 'smart' things (Nexus and Huawei, old models, bought secondhand) are switched off and remain so, until I travel somewhere where contact might be useful. Only the Nexus is fully operational and seems to have a remarkable charge holding capability. Last used 3 months ago and the battery remains at 78%.
The North Norfolk Coastal Path passes in front of our house and is frequently traversed by people deeply engrossed in their minuscule electronic 'outlook' while ignoring the panoply of sea and sky all about them - "gotta keep up wiv the Facebook , innit?"
The landline proved its worth in making checks on causes and forecast resolution of power failures during recent storms - the landline remains powered.
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Old 6th Apr 2021, 09:50
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The North Norfolk Coastal Path passes in front of our house
I bet when you answer the GPO line you say "Hello - Blakeney 14, who is calling please?"
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Old 6th Apr 2021, 10:00
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I make and receive very few voice calls, fixed or mobile. The last incoming call I got this afternoon was rejected as I recognised the number and didn't want to renew my membership which I let lapse over a year ago. Scam calls are unfortunately quite common but I'm getting quite good at recognising them.

Video calls which were supposed to be the next big thing after SMS, are a rarity however video over messenger apps is commonplace.

The type of information needing to be exchanged can now be done through apps, eg duty changes which previously entailed a phone call from rostering can now be acknowledged via the app once the notification is received. Questions can be asked and answered via whatsapp, banking can be done online as can most bookings. Obviously this reduces the need for staff to manually deal with things

You rarely see people actually talking on their mobile phones now though they spend hours staring into the things
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Old 6th Apr 2021, 10:22
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Kris, round here you see hear lots of young girls with an ear glued permanently to their phones, earnestly talking about relationships - boys, friends, family, whatever... Even when I was on the bus going to work at 6.30am, there would be somebody yakking down the line about the reasons why somebody else acted so...
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Old 6th Apr 2021, 10:23
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Stoopid telcos. They have the power to stop all these nuisance calls but refuse because their is profit in it. Also, many big businesses and government organisations have the ability to stop coming across like the spam callers the telcos don't block but are either ignorant or just cheapskates.

My landline averages about 1 to 3 spam calls per day.
My mobile phone so far is rarely harassed.
Once I walked past an empty public phone booth and it rang!?!?

I never answer unknown numbers or masked number calls.

The iPhone has a setting to Silence Unknown Callers.
My Nokia 8210 from 20 years ago could as well. Just set your default ringtone to silent one then group all your contacts and set a custom ringtone for it.

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Old 6th Apr 2021, 10:26
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Etops - how very modern !
My great difficulty is finding new income streams to replace the 2ds recovered from pushing button Bs !
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Old 6th Apr 2021, 10:52
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Once I walked past an empty public phone booth and it rang!?!?
Was there a shady-looking character in a trench coat with hat pulled down, waiting for it to ring?
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Old 6th Apr 2021, 11:00
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One VERY successful UK company started off via a public phone box - I did wonder why they used to ask me to ring at specific times!
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Old 6th Apr 2021, 11:17
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I've noticed a lot of younger females have 'voice' conversations with friends by recording a message, sending it, then receiving a reply in return and then repeat until satiated. Probably easier than messaging, but wouldn't a voice to voice be easier ? Sometimes I think the wonderful connectivity that we have these days has suffered from the law of unintended consequences and in effect made us more distant than ever before. Millions of people close to others, who prefer to keep their nose on their mobile screen, effectively not being with the people they are with or even 'there' where they physically are.

As mentioned by Cattletruck, the phone companies could/should take action, but once they have you as a customer and knowing that you statistically are unlikely to change providers except in coverage/cost situations, they couldn't care less and have little incentive to execute unwanted call-blocking technologies. Always about the money.....

In the Uk it would be VERY helpful if the NHS called on readable numbers rather than 'number witheld'. They could make these one-way numbers, as in you can't call back, but it would at least let the patients know that the hospital/GP etc had called and that it would be important to make contact.
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Old 6th Apr 2021, 11:26
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Once I walked past an empty public phone booth and it rang!?!?
now that one I would have answered

There is all kinds of mischief that I could practice
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Old 6th Apr 2021, 11:37
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Public phone rang in the pub one Friday evening when it was very busy, one of our office do's in progress amongst other things. Staff were all pulling pints so I answered it with a crisp "Dog and Bull", followed with "Hello mate, how are you doing?" which freaked out our strange secretary who couldn't believe a mate of mine would just happen to ring the pub and I'd answer the call. What she didn't know was I'd used the phone earlier to invite him (ex-colleague) to the do and with no answer on his mobile, had rung off. He'd been driving, found somewhere to stop and rang back, not knowing who he was calling... but hoping it was an invite out for a pint!
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Old 6th Apr 2021, 12:49
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When I was courting tbe lady destined to become Mrs K her house had no phone but a call box 2 doors away. So when we said goodnight etc.... ( nudge nudge wink wink ) we arranged a date and time I would call the box and she was there.The system worked well till the day she forgot the correct time. She was there 6.30 and no call and had no cash to call me. At the correct time 7.30 i called and she was not there. However a total stranger did answer and eventually he went and knocked her up ...😐
So all was well in the end.
The postscript to this was that he was answered at tbe door by my girlfriend s sister and eventually married her and we became in laws. .
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Old 6th Apr 2021, 12:53
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However back to the OP'S's question
First landline not plugged in and don't pay line rental
Then use whatsapp to speak family and friends
If the incoming is withheld, international, private or a mobile my phone does not recognise no answer.
However do answer if it's a Local STD code as that could be the doctors, hospital, bank. Unlikely to be a scam or selling call
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Old 6th Apr 2021, 14:07
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Local area code is NOT an indication of scam free - we even got scam calls apparently from our own number, which we were told meant that we were paying for the scam call. We alerted our provider who sent someone to fiddle around in our house, and who then stated that he had fixed it. Whatever he did, we have had no further calls apparently from ourselves.
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