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Old 5th Apr 2021, 16:34
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Question Do you even answer your phone any more?

Obviously I mean cell phone, because who even has a landline any more right? but I guess the same thing applies
  • My phone rings
  • I look at the caller's number
  • If I recognise it (and want to) I answer it
  • If I don't recognise it I don't answer it
I'm guessing but I think that last group comprises about 70 to 80% of my calls, so no I don't answer it much. I just go to voice mail about every couple of weeks and see how many people want to by my house or are warning me that it's the last time (no, really) about the extended warranty on my vehicle (if only it was)

I should get back on the Federal do-not-call list, but it's almost as much trouble to report someone as it is to just vet the calls

Two points come to mind:
  1. It's amazing that humans invent fabulous technologies, then other humans invent ways to make those technologies unusable
  2. What do people who HAVE to answer their phones do? Like surgeons, or detectives, or my air conditioning guy (I suppose I should ask him)?
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Old 5th Apr 2021, 16:48
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Old 5th Apr 2021, 16:50
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I agree...unless I know who it is, it doesn't get answered.

Also, I'm finding that I use WhatsApp (and now also the chat function on MS Teams) far more than good old talking!
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Old 5th Apr 2021, 16:58
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Trouble is hospitals and doctors ring from withheld numbers
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Old 5th Apr 2021, 17:10
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I have a landline. They tend to keep going when cellphones don't. After the Boston Marathon bombing, cellphone coverage was switched off in case there were other bombs that could be deliberately detonated from a cellphone.. When the hurricane hit New York and the subway flooded and a lot of cell sites were knocked out - no just for hours - some landlines still worked.

Plus cellphone coverage in my house is very poor ….
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Old 5th Apr 2021, 17:51
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Nuisance calls are so frequent that I only answer numbers I recognise, and ignore all others. If there's no voicemail message, the call wasn't important.





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Old 5th Apr 2021, 18:12
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How are you going to get your internet fixed etc., if you never answer your phone...?
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Old 5th Apr 2021, 18:28
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Originally Posted by spekesoftly View Post
Nuisance calls are so frequent that I only answer numbers I recognise, and ignore all others. If there's no voicemail message, the call wasn't important.
Exactly!!! If they don't leave a voicemail, then they really didn't need to contact me.

Sometimes, if I'm not doing anything, I'll answer a call - just turn on the speaker and say 'hello' - or sometimes not say anything at all. Nine times out of ten the other end doesn't even pick up and it disconnects...
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Old 5th Apr 2021, 18:31
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Originally Posted by DType View Post
Trouble is hospitals and doctors ring from withheld numbers
Doctors only ring me when I'm expecting a call - the surgery reception comes up OK as it's in my address book.

My building society finance advisor was apparently trying to ring me for a chat from the same kind of number that Virgin use to offer me a new phone/deal/whatever. I got a sniffy letter "well if you don't want our help..."

Contact with friends/family is nearly all WhatsApp now, plus the occasional call.
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Old 5th Apr 2021, 18:44
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Originally Posted by Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh! View Post
  • If I recognise it (and want to) I answer it.
Or see..

"Me waiting for my phone to stop ringing so I can text you to find out what you want".
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Old 5th Apr 2021, 19:34
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The iPhone has a setting to Silence Unknown Callers.

With the feature enabled, the only time an incoming call will make your iPhone ring is if the phone number is found in your Contacts, recent outgoing calls, or is a Siri Suggestions (sourced from the Mail or Messages apps). Any other calls will go directly to voicemail, where the caller can then leave a message.

I would imagine there is a similar setting for Android phones.

For iPhone users to turn this feature on
  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Find and select Phone from the list of options.
  3. Scroll down until you find Silence Unknown Callers and slide the switch to the On position.
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Old 5th Apr 2021, 20:08
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mostly same except

I scan the number and name, then delete and block in the same action, then go to messages to confirm empty. All this done in seconds.

If I miss something important out of hundreds they just got routed directly to my messaging without ringing I have never had one of these yet where they ultimately left a voice mail)

what worries me is whaqt
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Old 5th Apr 2021, 21:02
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I used to block them, but I soon realised they just spoofed the incoming number so it wasn't really a successful strategy

Over here in the US our numbers are XXX-YYY-ZZZZ and they tend to spoof a number with a matching XXX and YYY part, so it looks like someone close by
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Old 5th Apr 2021, 21:25
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"If you get a phone call, don't answer, they might have dialled the wrong number" (Groucho Marx)...I stick to this philosophy, as I am pretty much fed up with all those "commercials", generally from communication operators, which want you to switch contract to them, promising a "paradise on earth"... that's enough to me! I only reply, of course, to numbers which are in my list, if I remember to activate the ring tone, otherwise I revert later when I realise it.
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Old 5th Apr 2021, 21:34
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Same with us - no message - no answer unless of course the number is recognised.
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Old 6th Apr 2021, 03:00
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Originally Posted by Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh! View Post
I used to block them, but I soon realised they just spoofed the incoming number so it wasn't really a successful strategy

Over here in the US our numbers are XXX-YYY-ZZZZ and they tend to spoof a number with a matching XXX and YYY part, so it looks like someone close by

XXX-YYY-ZZZZ
I think that was one of the numbers I blocked.

It seems to work I haven't had another call from that number
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Old 6th Apr 2021, 06:05
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Landlines mainly used in my house to "talk" to elderly family. I do find it a tedious pain trying to ask questions by text or apps much rather lay back with a phone.
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Old 6th Apr 2021, 06:22
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Originally Posted by treadigraph View Post
Doctors only ring me when I'm expecting a call - the surgery reception comes up OK as it's in my address book.
Whenever our GP surgery phones we get 'Number With held' both on landline and mobile.
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Old 6th Apr 2021, 06:32
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Whenever our GP surgery phones they do not withold the number, and if we are not able to take the call they leave a message with name and number to call back.






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Old 6th Apr 2021, 06:44
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I am amazed at this thread. I live in the so called third world and get a "wrong" number maybe once a month!

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