Recently there was a thread here discussing door-to-door sales people, and a few people (including myself) posted about these super-annoying telephone calls – you know, the ones that are dialed by computers and are usually, but not always, just recorded messages (so you can’t talk to a person to tell them to stop calling you).
I also saw a similar discussion not too long ago on Ravelry, and one person there described her method of dealing with these phone calls. I thought I would give it a try myself. I just put it to work today, so I should find out before long if it works.
You know when you accidentally dial a number that doesn’t exist (this is in the US, I’m not sure how it works in other countries) and you get those three tones and then a recording that says something like, “The number you have dialed is no longer in service; please check your number and try again”?
I found a place on the internet where you can actually download those tones (and a lot of others). Then I changed the outgoing message on my answering machine – when my machine picks up a call, the tones are played, followed by my normal announcement. It might confuse my friends a little bit, but when a computer hears those tones, it’s fooled into thinking the number is no longer in service, so it disconnects . . . which means I don’t have to listen to the sales pitch!
After a few months, I should stop getting calls like this completely!
At least, this is according to what the person on Ravelry said. I figure I’m so sick of those calls that I’m willing to be the guinea pig and test it out. If it really does work as well as she claimed, I’ll let you know!