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Re: Annoying caller blocking....
« Reply #45 on: February 26, 2018, 06:23:19 pm »
Doesn't work on Chrome.   Works on FF though.  FF performance sucks for me so I use Chrome for the most part.

You must not have used Firefox in a while, then.  As of version 57, there was a huge improvement in speed (major changes in the web rendering engine), so it is on-par with Chrome.
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Re: Annoying caller blocking....
« Reply #46 on: February 26, 2018, 06:34:38 pm »
You must not have used Firefox in a while, then.  As of version 57, there was a huge improvement in speed (major changes in the web rendering engine), so it is on-par with Chrome.

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Re: Annoying caller blocking....
« Reply #47 on: February 26, 2018, 06:38:11 pm »
None of those others can do what the Tel-Lynx can.  They are all simple blacklist/whitelist without the system automatically allowing unknown callers a challenge.

Correction, the Sentry 3.1 can also challenge callers not on the white list, although it has only the tiniest fraction of other features.   The challenge is not a screening, but the caller must press "0" to ring through.    https://www.amazon.com/SENTRY-Screener-blocking-solicitor-election/dp/B019ERMS90
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Re: Annoying caller blocking....
« Reply #48 on: February 26, 2018, 07:52:43 pm »
You must not have used Firefox in a while, then.  As of version 57, there was a huge improvement in speed (major changes in the web rendering engine), so it is on-par with Chrome.

I have 52.6.0 ESR (32bit).   I need ESR so it doesn't throw up on Java (which I use a lot).  However, Chrome works well with Java so I'm thinking about updating FF to the latest release.
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Re: Annoying caller blocking....
« Reply #49 on: February 27, 2018, 04:15:44 am »
Well, that's it.  Some  :censored: woke me up at 6 this morning.  That's the first time that's happened.  Dumping the land line.
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Re: Annoying caller blocking....
« Reply #50 on: February 27, 2018, 05:50:22 am »
Well, that's it.  Some  :censored: woke me up at 6 this morning.  That's the first time that's happened.  Dumping the land line.

When they then call the cell and wake you up at 6, will you dump that too??
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Re: Annoying caller blocking....
« Reply #51 on: February 27, 2018, 05:51:12 am »
Possibly..
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Re: Annoying caller blocking....
« Reply #52 on: February 27, 2018, 07:20:17 am »
I believe this device will do something just like that, a 'question and answer' session but it is short and I <believe> your own voice recording so it is not the cold, perhaps threatening machine voice pummeling Grandma for facts before she can get through.

And yes, I knew about the BT version that also works with cell phones but the way I use my own cell phone, it has no yet been used as a weapon of capitalism to torture me so not sure about the advantage there.

I am interested enough that I will read some reviews and as long as they are generally positive, I will purchase one to kick the tires. Will post back here to let you folks know if I do buy it and what I find out about it.

As to the expense, I whole- hardheartedly agree that it is quite poor that I have to spend money for hardware (phone(s)), the service (landline in this case) and then spend MORE money, and a substantial sum at that (hey, this is not cheap like a pocket fisherman.....) but such is the imperfection of life. The phone calls are annoying and yet I want and need the phone service. So it looks like plan C, which is to buy more hardware to fix up the first two purchases. At least it is a one- time purchase and NOT any kind of ongoing service charge, rental or anything similar.

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The other was I wanted an automated challenge so I didn't have to screen anything at all...  Like "Please press [random number] to continue" or "Please enter the sum of 3 and 2".

In any case, yes, it is very interesting and not too expensive.  There is also a (more expensive) bluetooth model that will integrate cell phone usage with it, too.  People say the documentation is so-so, but that support is great.

https://www.amazon.com/Tel-Lynx-Guardian-Personal-Telephone-Assistant/dp/B014WPXJ0G
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Re: Annoying caller blocking....
« Reply #53 on: March 24, 2019, 03:15:46 pm »
Recent update (March, 2019): Cox now supports simultaneous ring and I have signed up with nomorobo. Too soon to tell but the annoying calls do seem to be down quite a bit. Maybe a medium sized step forward..... ?

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Re: Annoying caller blocking....
« Reply #54 on: March 24, 2019, 09:11:37 pm »
Well, that's it.  Some  :censored: woke me up at 6 this morning.  That's the first time that's happened.  Dumping the land line.

A land line comes with my cable service. I use it to call online merchants (and others) that I don't want to ever call me. The ringer is turned off on the phone and I never answer it. It is quite useful. (Although lately I have been getting many more jerk calls on my cell phone -- there must have been some rules changes.)

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Re: Annoying caller blocking....
« Reply #55 on: March 25, 2019, 05:15:09 am »
(Although lately I have been getting many more jerk calls on my cell phone -- there must have been some rules changes.)

They don't play by rules.  They will call any number they can farm and also dial randomly/sequentially.  There are essentially no penalties (certainly none that are criminal) and next to no enforcement.  Plus they spoof caller-ID to make it just that much more annoying and impossible to fight.  The problem is now so severe that some studies estimate that over 50% of all calls made are spam.
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Re: Annoying caller blocking....
« Reply #56 on: March 25, 2019, 05:46:51 am »
Downloaded an app called True Caller ID, for my mobile phone. Works beautiful. Even blocked a reported number's text messages.

I just hear a 'bleep' on the phone, and when you look, the call has been blocked if it is a known telemarketing business. you can even block numbers yourself, and save others the hassle as well....
It is what it is....If not, it must be something else.
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