How do you silence automated telemarketing calls?

28 November 2008

We reported recently on the scourge of the silent telemarketing call, and what regulators Ofcom are doing to ensure your viewing of I'm A Celebrity isn't interrupted by them.

Until then, Bitterwallet reader LRGM has offered his advice on how to get rid of silent calls for good. If you try this out,l et us know whether it works or not:

The real tip to avoid a silent call is to answer it properly.

Many automated diallers rely on answer machine technology that is based on the timing it takes to pick up a phone and then answer. Many of us have DECT or mobile phones, where you just press green and say hello. This is exactly what an answerphone does, and your call will be dropped.

So, pick up the phone, wait 3 seconds then speak - this way you will able to speak to an actual person and THEN ask them to stop the calls.

My top tip for this is to know whether to say “I am not a homeowner” or “I had only just got a new mobile” - in my opinion this should eliminate about 80% of calls launched to the UK from offshore operators at the moment and even save you listening to the whole pitch.

I appreciate that this doesnt stop it where there are not enough agents available, but I hope this helps some of you.


1 comment

  • LRGM
    Oooh, look at me and my 5 seconds of fame! HTH

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