December 20, 2006


After six months in billeting at OBC, three years in Germany, and six months of just cell phones, we have our first home phone in a very long time. We've had it three days, and already I'm sick of the telemarketers. We've gotten so many pre-recorded phone calls that I can't even believe it. How freaking annoying.

Posted by Sarah at December 20, 2006 12:39 PM | TrackBack

May I suggest two things that have helped me?

1.) Get an unlisted number. It only cost an extra couple of bucks a month & its well worth it.


2.) Register yourself at the National Do Not Call Center. (Do a web search).

Posted by: tim at December 20, 2006 01:04 PM

I agree with Tim. We don't have an unlisted number, but as soon as we got our home phone I put all three of our numbers (home & both cell phones) on the National Do Not Call Registry. I think it takes about 60 days for it to kick in, but life is so much more peaceful now.

Posted by: Robin at December 20, 2006 08:32 PM

Ditto to all who suggest the Do Not Call list.
It is the greatest thing since sliced bread.

Posted by: MaryIndiana at December 21, 2006 12:11 AM

Pre-recorded phone calls are almost as anoying as the damn SMS messages from Orange telling me i am now in their service area (live near France in germany). Its sorta funny sometimes, going from the front room, to the WC will get your atleast 2 SMS some times more one from Orange, then another from T-Movile. ARGG all of it should be banned.

Posted by: dagamore at December 21, 2006 02:17 AM

Yep - the do not call registry is wonderful. Then get caller id and don't answer any from "unknown" or "blocked call" etc.

On my phone I have caller id - don't answer if I don't know who it is, but have the answering machine loud enough to hear if it's a call I would want to take. I haven't talked to a telemarketer in years.

BTW - even with the do not call registry - political calls and "charity calls" are still allowed, as are calls from companies you do business with - it doesn't kill everything but it gets most of them.

Posted by: Teresa at December 21, 2006 10:37 PM