Call Blocker for Landlines

Call Blocker for Landlines

Finding a call blocker for landlines that actually capable of handling the volume of spam calls consumers face is a daunting challenge. According to YouMail there were 3.8 billion robocalls placed in the month of July. No wonder consumers find themselves in search of successful solution.

So what are your options when seeking out a call blocker for landlines?

Why Senior Need a Call Blocker for Landlines

More than half of US seniors aged 65 years and older rely on a landline phone. And as the data in our Landline Landscape Senior Study shows, scammers target seniors four times as much as the typical household.

On average, senior households receive close to 200 scam calls every single week. That's almost 30 per day. And since it only takes one bad caller sneaking through the phone line to steal thousands of dollars, it is essential that seniors use a call blocker for landlines that actually stops 100% of these unwanted calls.

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Is there a call blocker for landlines that actually works?

While there are options for different call blockers for landline phones, none are actually capable of stopping all unwanted calls from ringing on consumers’ landlines. Why? Because the technology behind most blockers is heavily reliant on lists of known bad numbers. But the problem with this is that these devices will only stop those specific callers. And, as we have learned, these bad characters are relentless, and smart. They seem to always find a way to get through to customers’ phones.

One method of attack that they use to work around these lists is to create new numbers and often ones that look fairly similar - AKA "Spoofing" and "Neighbor Spoofing." This tactic creates numbers that look similar to yours so that you may think it is a local call, pick up, and then quickly discover it is a spam or scam call.

And with Caller ID spoofing , these spammers actually change the caller ID to anything but their number thereby by passing any traditional call blocker. Ultimately, all these calls will get through and ring on your phone.

Why Traditional call blockers for landlines actually don't work

Even with traditional call blocking methods and the mentioned recommendations for eliminating spam calls, a consumer will always be left with spam and unwanted calls coming through. This is mostly because these attempted solutions are based on blocking the known numbers used by these scammers.

But as long as a spam call is coming from one of unknown number, it will ring through to your phone. Even though there is a robust database of known spam numbers, there are always thousands more being created on a daily basis. Relying solely on these lists of known numbers will always fall short. The result: your phone will continue to ring.

In fact, of the average 940M calls made to landlines each week, only 5% are actually stopped by traditional call blocking methods. Only 5%. That means, 79% of all calls coming in are actually considered unwanted!

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What about spoofing?

Not only do these bad guys change and create numbers every day, they are also duping call blocking methods through what is known as spoofing. 

Spoofing or Neighbor Spoofing is when the scammers will create numbers that look similar to others in your area including the area code. Call blockers for landlines can not identify these numbers as spam calls, so they will get through any blocking attempts.

How to Stop Telemarketing Calls on Landline?

Believe it or not, there are some telemarketing calls that are considered "legal."

So when it comes to stopping telemarketing calls on landline, it can be surprisingly more difficult to do than you would ever think.

We believe that it's your phone. And you should have the right to decide who can, and cannot, enter without your permission. Unfortunately, that seems to go against the opinion of the majority. Or at least the opinions of telecom companies and elected officials in the US government.

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What about just getting on the Do Not Call Registry?

A common line of defense and the recommended first step in stopping unwanted calls is to register your phone number with the National Do Not Call Registry.

But the Do Not Call Registry DOES NOT WORK!

Launched in 2003 by the FTC, the Do Not Call Registry allowed consumers to add their name to a registry stating they do not want to receive sales calls and telemarketing calls. According to the FTC’s yearly data report, in 2021 there were over 244 million phone numbers registered. But unfortunately, the spam calls just keep coming.

While it is easy, and free, it is not designed to stop all spam calls. Yes, joining the Do Not Call registry might reduce some unwanted calls, but it can not eliminate them completely. The Do Not Call Registry is designed to stop sales and telemarketing calls by letting legitimate companies know which consumers do not want to be contacted. This is not designed to address these scammers who are not playing by any rules.

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Are there any other ways to block spam calls?

Another often suggested approach is to utilize a series of blocking techniques in hopes that combined, it will stop the unwanted calls. 

•Register with the National Do Not Call Registry

•Acquire anti-spam software

•Purchase a physical call blocker

•Purchase a newer model phone that comes with blocking capabilities

•Contact your provider to see what they offer.

Unfortunately, the sad truth is that even after all these efforts are put into place, your phone will still ring with unwanted calls. If the goal is to eliminate all spam, scam, and robocalls from ringing on your landline phone, the only solution is a smart landline call-filtering system.

So what makes the imp system better than a call blocker?

imp is designed to be more than just a call blocker for landlines. Bold claim? Maybe. But with the imp system’s design and approach to stopping all unwanted landline calls, it will be your final purchase for a call blocker for landlines. While traditional call blockers only block a percentage of spam calls, imp stops them all. 

How does imp do it? By focusing on the calls you actually want. imp simply connects your smartphone contacts with your landline. Powered by our Greenlist Technology, imp then looks at each and every call that comes through your landline. If it is someone imp recognizes, the call can ring through. And everyone else is silently sent to voicemail without a single ring. Simple. But effective.

And the setup could not be easier. imp is built to be plug and your play. No crazy codes to input, no manual entry, no "War and Peace"-sized instruction manual. When your imp box arrives, you simply plug it in and seamlessly sync with your smartphone.

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More on imp's Spam-Stopping Greenlist Technology

Once you are set up, and your contacts are automagically synced up using our Greenlist Technology it is time to sit back and relax. From this point, the only calls you hear will be from your known contacts - aka the people you actually want to talk to.

When a call is placed to your landline phone, unless it is a contact that has been synced, your phone does not ring. You can also turn imp into a nice smart home answering machine. Callers have an option to leave a message - which you can then access and listen to from anywhere through your smartphone. And your contacts lists are fully customizable. For example, if the caller is in fact someone you do want to be able to ring though, but maybe was not on your contact list, you can just pop them over to your Greenlist with a simple swipe in the app and you are all set. Or maybe when you check the message to find that it is that dreaded auto warranty spam call you can then add it to your Redlist where they will not be able to leave you a message. 

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