No More Telemarketers! -- Your Answering Machine Gets you off their list
A Telephone Geek Bearing Gifts -- Greg Molenaar
Record these three musical notes (play this WAV file) as the very first part of your telephone answering machine's message, and the telemarketer's automatic dialer will mark your number as 'out of service'. You will be off their list for several weeks !!!
I'm a computer geek and website hacker working for (an un-named telecomm supply company). There is something called Special Information Tones which the phone company plays to identify a non-working number. They are played just before a voice recording says, "...the number you have dialed is no longer in service..." I used to get a dozen calls a day from telemarketers. Within a week of playing these notes on my answering machine message, I get none!
When automatic dialer hears the first tone,
it hangs up and takes your phone number off their list.
Remember, the tones must be recorded first, before your outgoing message. You can also get these tones if you dial a long-distance number without dialing the (1-dash... preface). Handy if you want to play back into your answering machine, but the volume may not be loud enough.
...You did not ask yet, but the frequencies and durations for the 3 "No Circuit" tones are:
If a telemarketer does break through this defense, I begin a quiz asking why they are masking their identity on my CALLER ID information. -- I also have one of those HUGE Caller ID Displays that you can see across the room, 20-feet away, even at night, which you can get from http://www.PmMarketing.com <--Click here to see it.
--- "After all, in these days of high-crime, we want to know who's on the phone, or who is 'checking' to see if you are home." If the caller displays "UNAVAILABLE", they must be trying to hide something, right? -- Since they understand that, I suggest to him or her that they bring that thought to their management and call me back when it has been corrected. I like to interrupt their train of thought. Make sure they agree. If they still persist, there is a third line of defense:
OOOHHHH!!!! LOVE THESE "IDEAS" -----
Three Little Words: "Please hold on".
Now Steve Rubenstein, a writer for the
San Francisco Chronicle, has proposed "Three Little Words" based on
brief experience in a telemarketing operation that would stop the nuisance
for all time. The three little words are "Hold On, Please."
Saying this while putting down your phone and walking off instead of hanging up
immediately would make each telemarketing call so time-consuming that boiler
rooms would grind to a halt. When you eventually hear the phone company's
beep-beep-beep tone, you know it's time to go back and hang up your handset,
which has efficiently completed its task. This might be one of those articles
you'll want to e-mail to your friends. Three little words that eliminate
-- Email comments to... no no,
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Those huge Caller ID's
are available at http://www.PmMarketing.com --
With normal vision you can see it across the room, 20-feet away, even in the
dark. It displays the time too, when it is not showing the incoming
calls. A great holiday gift. Some people get 2 or 3 at a time.
Saves on shipping that way too.