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Old 6th Apr 2021, 15:09
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I answer both my.mobile and landline most of the time.
I frequently use the various social media platforms for chatting with close friends and immediate family, sharing photos etc.
I have been enjoying a bit of telephone scam-baiting over the last few months of shielding. All of the scamming calls have either obviously foreign numbers, or numbers with UK format dialling codes which I don't recognise - almost certainly spoofed numbers.
The most persistent scammers called on my work mobile (which is used only for callout) about the Virgin router/broadband which I have never had. An entertaining half hour each time getting them increasingly frustrated as they have to spell everything I need to type, before the eventual "reveal".
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Old 6th Apr 2021, 16:22
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I've also baited them - masterfully too if I might say that

However it occurred to me that while I didn't know their number ... they certainly knew mine
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Old 6th Apr 2021, 19:54
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Just don't answer?

I've always had a zero tolerance approach to unsolicited calls, even in the days before mobile phones.
My approach was that if I was sitting down having a cup of tea and someone walked into my house to talk to me I'd tell them where to go.
So I'm paying X Quid per month for the telephone for my convenience, to talk to whoever I want and why should anyone else avail themselves of that facility, especially if they are trying to sell me something?
With modern communications I never feel the need to rush to answer the phone unless I'm certain who it is.
I think the cold callers and scammers depend on the compulsion to answer.
That said, I agree it must be a nightmare for people whose livlihood revolves around phone calls.
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Old 7th Apr 2021, 00:13
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Originally Posted by ETOPS View Post
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.
I have a landline and a cell phone. The landline gets at least four scammer calls a day. I never answer unknown numbers; if it's legitimate they will leave a message. My cell phone is another story, as it's also my business number; fortunately I only get about one scam call a week (or fewer) as I have to answer unknown numbers because they may be new customers. The US no call list is now useless; no one seems to be enforcing it and the calls just keep on coming. I live in Washington state, so rarely (well, never) answer calls showing a Naples, Florida number.... Almost 95% of scam calls hang up as soon as the voice mail message comes on; I'm hoping, with no actual expectation of the result, that the lack of answering the scammers will cause a decrease in calls. Yeah, but I also believed in the tooth fairy....
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Old 7th Apr 2021, 00:37
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I'm afraid the scam load on my mobile and our home phone is such that I /we no longer answer unless it's a number I recognise. If the call is genuine, they will leave a message and I call back. 'Tis sad when things have reached this state of affairs, but it's become a necessary action.

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Old 7th Apr 2021, 01:43
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The Pinky household has no landline; cancelled it some years ago after noting that we were being charged about four times the amount in 'fees and charges' than in actual calls. Now only Mobile phones and I very rarely get scam calls.

This is possibly because my number is not in any Directory listing and that when I do receive a scam call I would scream #%*! OFF into the phone and then hang up!

Although I have had the call which only rings for about three seconds and then stops. I never return these calls, just block and delete the number.
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Old 7th Apr 2021, 03:38
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My parents had no phone in the house until I had passed age 21 and joined the RAF. If I wanted to play with a friend I walked around to his house and asked if Johnny could come out ? Eventually girl friends, at least those living with parents owning telephones ( landlines of course ) were contacted by walking to the phone box 5 minutes away, standing outside obviously juggling two pennies - to try to embarrass the talking occupant to end their call ! - and eventually organise a future tryst.
I survived a successful career, married, raised a family and am enjoying my eighth decade - what am I missing by not having a Smartphone welded to my right paw, like most of the women I see walking around these days. ?

Now I have to occasionally remember to re-charge my dimphone's flat battery, and every two or three days check for texts that only announced their presence with one short, quiet, beep. ( why do they do that ? ) Don't want a Smartphone, nothing on the Internet is important enough warrant attention before I get home to a laptop.

We do have a landline, comes in useful to ring the power company when the power, frequently, fails, and then listen to their recorded message telling me to Check Outages on the Internet. HTF do I do that when I have no power, even if I had a Smartphone the local cellphone towers are dead ?


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Old 7th Apr 2021, 05:37
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There was a device available in the USA which automatically answered an incoming call and asked for a PIN number to be inputted before allowing the call to go through. You of course decided on the PIN and who to give it to.

The iPhone has a feature which blocks unknown callers, and third party apps are becoming available which block calls from known scam numbers.
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Old 7th Apr 2021, 12:23
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Originally Posted by krismiler View Post
There was a device available in the USA which automatically answered an incoming call and asked for a PIN number to be inputted before allowing the call to go through. You of course decided on the PIN and who to give it to.

The iPhone has a feature which blocks unknown callers, and third party apps are becoming available which block calls from known scam numbers.
Won't work, that requires two people to remember the pin
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Old 7th Apr 2021, 14:16
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I never answer calls from numbers I don't recognise or withheld numbers, if it's anything important they'll leave a message- - this almost never happens
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Old 7th Apr 2021, 15:18
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It's like when you get a demand from higher up for a load of useless information.

File it: Should it be important they will write again.
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Old 8th Apr 2021, 09:51
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To add another aspect to this conundrum: the shift from landlines to mobiles has another effect. Just ringing a friend to catch up is something I do less often, as many friends do not have landlines anymore. On a landline, I would give them a ring, and if noone answered I'd try again another day. Now that I can only ring their mobile, I tend to only ring them when I've got a specific issue to discuss as I might catch them during work, shopping, engaged in other activities etcetera. There is a more significant mental barrier that causes me to think twice before ringing someone on a whim. A shame, as it means that I don't talk to friends as often as I used to.
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Old 8th Apr 2021, 10:04
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My sister rings on a whim - I wish she bloody wouldn't. I was up a step ladder the other day rewiring a light pendant and trying to remember which wire went where. I didn't answer the call, she left a message, did I happen to buy the previous Saturday's Telegraph? Why not text the question?

I also have a friend who, when he's bored waiting for a plane/train or something, decides he must chat with somebody. Riiiiinggggg! I read a book or, nowadays add to the Finish the Sentence thread (I did a Mornington Crescent entry while sitting on train at Loch Awe Railway Station).

I do have a friend who isn't easy to contact by email and doesn't text or WhatsApp. I will phone him later as it's been a month or so - but I know he's counting down the days to when he can have a pint with the chaps rather than sit in doors with the memsahib and daughter... Unlikely to be before 17th May though.
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Old 8th Apr 2021, 10:54
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Treadigraph...

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Old 8th Apr 2021, 11:46
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I still have a landline as part of some bigger WLAN data package. The sound quality is better than mobile phone especially if the other side is a landline as well. However it feels a bit artificially improved like the sound of some radio stations.
The better sound pays whenever you call elderly people that use hearing aids and are thankful for the best audio input quality they can get.
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Old 8th Apr 2021, 12:13
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People are different. Women and my mate like to talk but I am not a verbose person, and if it's not urgent or too complex, I text. That way, the textee can reply in their own time rather than NOW, or if they are up a ladder !

We still have a landline, but never use it really. BT have a number barring service which is handy, and whenever a form requires a phone or mobile number I give a false one unless I actually specifically need them to ring me. I get virtually no spoof calls.

What used to amaze me were our cabin crews who would complain that xyz or crewing had rung them while they were sleeping and disturbed their rest. I normally turn my phone off when sleeping but if I needed to keep it on for a back-up alarm, I would simply put it on flight mode, so wasn't woken by any texts or emails or calls. That's good for when driving too.
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Old 8th Apr 2021, 12:23
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I live the quiet life these days...no landline for the past 10 years or so, but I do have a mobile. It's been so long since I used it, I've forgotten what the ring tone sounds like.
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Old 8th Apr 2021, 14:07
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Originally Posted by bgbazz View Post
I live the quiet life these days...no landline for the past 10 years or so, but I do have a mobile. It's been so long since I used it, I've forgotten what the ring tone sounds like.
That 's probably because it's on vibrate. That's what I use since I can't hear from all the background noise
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Old 8th Apr 2021, 15:03
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It does help to load the battery after some time.
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Old 8th Apr 2021, 15:37
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I always answer the landline because 1) It's never on 'Vibrate' 2) I know where it is 3) I have call screening

I never answer the mobile because 1) It's always on 'vibrate' so I don't hear it 2) I usually don't know where it is 3) I get no signal in my house even if I did know where it is!
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