It’s one of the pet hates of modern-day life. Nowadays, your phone isn’t constantly buzzing because of your popularity (we wish), but rather the immense number of cold callers that somehow find their way to it.
Annoying would be an understatement – it’s something that can rile even the best of us.
The above is the reason we have pieced together today’s post. Let’s now take a look at some of the best ways to halt cold callers in their tracks, and make life more what it used to be in relation to your cell phone.
Method #1 – Make sure call screening is set up
Hopefully, this is the case for most of you. In short, if you don’t have call screening set up, you are just asking for all of these companies to start with their barrage of cold calls.
Most people have this set up, before tapping into a phone number lookup service to see who is calling them. If it’s clear that it’s someone unwanted, the call can be ignored (and placed on your own block list, if your device supports such a feature).
Method #2 – Exclude yourself from sales call lists
This sounds so obvious in principle, but one might be surprised at the number of people who have their name and number listed on a sales list. Usually, these come in the form of directories. Small businesses like to trawl through these directories and call everyone that comes into their sight as it’s a cheap and potentially efficient way of marketing for them.
Following on from this, always make sure you “opt out” of such directories. Additionally, if you find that you are being regularly contacted, simply ask the companies themselves to be removed from the call list. This is something they should legally oblige by, although to make sure they carry it out you could ask them in writing.
Method #3 – Turn to call blocking devices
If the problem surrounds your home phone, there are devices out there which can help you out. These devices are marketed as call blockers and will simply plug into the phone, allowing for easy screening.
These devices don’t tend to be needed for cell phones, with many of the modern models having this sort of feature built-in (as we spoke about previously).
Method #4 – Report offenders
Finally, there’s only so much cold calling anyone can take. It’s also worth mentioning that many people are tired of dealing with these companies, and this is the time in which you should report them.
The authorities are now more open than ever before to complaints in relation to cold calling. In other words, whatever you do report will be taken seriously and in some cases, if proven, large fines can be issued. Unfortunately, it’s only when a lot of people become accustomed to such tactics that the country as a whole is going to see a reduction in cold callers.