If you are like me you hate robocalls. They are annoying and seem to never stop. You can sign up for the “Do Not Call List”, but that does not seem to stop the calls from coming, and coming and coming. Soon you may finally be able to do something about the calls. A new FREE service will be offered that was designed to stop robocalls. This service is called NOMOROBO.
Nomorobo, a product developed by Long Island entrepreneur Aaron Foss. As a bonus, it will be free. (Financing comes from investors).
Nomorobo, split the $50,000 first prize in the Federal Trade Commission’s “Robocall Challenge,” a nationwide contest staged by an agency that was obviously frustrated by being unable to stem the growing number of consumer complaints. Even though more people are signing up for the Do Not Call registry than ever before, the FTC has also received a record number of complaints about unwanted calls: in 2012, the FTC reported a record 3.8 million complains, up 69 percent from 2011. “Do Not Call was widely recognized as an effective way to be rid of unwanted calls,” says Deborah Marrone of the Federal Trade Commission. “But technology changed. Now it’s very cheap and very easy to do, so that thousands of calls can be made for less than a penny a minute from anywhere in the world.”
Certain robocalls are allowed, like automated messages from a bank or local government representatives or an airline warning of flight delays. But the robocalls people are complaining about are usually from companies trying to sell debt consolidation or mortgage refinancing services, and in worse cases, companies that are trying to scam people.
The FTC described Nomorobo as a cloud-based solution using “simultaneous ringing” that allows incoming calls to be routed to a second telephone line. With Nomorobo, all calls are screened before they reach a person’s phone. If the service detects a robocall, it will play a message announcing that robocall-blocking is working.
It may not eliminate all automated calls, but it should reduce the number greatly. The launch is expected around the middle of this month, following dozens of tests of the service.
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