Help me buy an answering machine to avoid cold calls

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  • 1Dgaf 11 Dec 2012 18:32:17 3,788 posts
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    I need to buy an answering machine that allows us to hear the caller leaving a message. Can anyone recommend one? We're plagued by these fucking cold calls that say shit like 'Hello. You may have been wrongly sold an Indian call centre.'

    So, yeah. Help. We want a machine that will answer a call, let us hear what's being said and save us from getting up to answer.

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  • kalel 11 Dec 2012 18:34:09 86,344 posts
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    Have you done this?

    http://www.tpsonline.org.uk/tps/index.html
  • 1Dgaf 11 Dec 2012 18:36:51 3,788 posts
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    Yes, we have. We're still getting a few calls a day. Thanks for recommending it though - other people should use it, just in case it stops a few.

    www.hatchetjob.com - more than games. "Seemingly trivial, surprisingly deep"

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  • nickthegun 11 Dec 2012 18:52:07 58,784 posts
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    http://lmgtfy.com/?q=buy+an+answering+machine

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    He totally called it

  • Dirtbox 11 Dec 2012 18:58:06 77,468 posts
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    Fuck off to Rumbelows and buy one.

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  • mrpon 11 Dec 2012 18:58:23 28,437 posts
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    How antiquated.

    Give yourself 5 or gig, you're worth it.

  • Fake_Blood 11 Dec 2012 19:09:29 4,068 posts
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    For the non native speakers here, what's a cold call?
  • Dirtbox 11 Dec 2012 19:12:52 77,468 posts
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    Unsolicited telesales calls.

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  • Deleted user 11 December 2012 19:13:23
    It's when you get a phone call while you're in the shower and haven't put the heating on in the rest of the house.
  • mal 11 Dec 2012 19:14:52 22,336 posts
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    FWIW My Panny answering machine/DECT phone has the option to either listen to calls as they're recorded or not. I wasn't aware that was unusual, but there you go.

    Cubby didn't know how to turn off sigs!

  • neilka 11 Dec 2012 19:33:53 15,655 posts
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    Answer each and every phone call with a minute-long bloodcurdling scream.
  • Whizzo 11 Dec 2012 19:37:29 43,033 posts
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    You can get some call blocking devices like this rather than using an answer machine. Not used one myself but with the stupid amount of unsolicited calls my land line is getting these days (despite being registered with TPS for years) I'm tempted to take the plunge.

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  • monkehhh 11 Dec 2012 19:38:20 3,267 posts
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    What is this "land line"?
  • Deleted user 11 December 2012 19:38:42
    Just put the phone down on them.
  • Deleted user 11 December 2012 19:39:29
    Or look in an argos catalogue or on amazon or ask your mother where she went wrong.
  • Whizzo 11 Dec 2012 19:40:43 43,033 posts
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    monkehhh wrote:
    What is this "land line"?
    It's this type of telephone that you don't have to charge every night and is far cheaper to call lots of different phone numbers including those freephone ones. They're quite useful.

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  • localnotail 11 Dec 2012 19:42:32 23,093 posts
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    monkehhh wrote:
    What is this "land line"?
    It's the phoneline that comes free with your broadband package. You never use it but have to keep so your parents don't have to call your mobile.

    A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.

  • monkehhh 11 Dec 2012 19:44:36 3,267 posts
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    I'd go with local's description - Virgin insist on making it cheaper for me to have broadband, land line and TV than just broadband.
  • PhoenixFlames 11 Dec 2012 20:35:49 8,899 posts
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    monkehhh wrote:
    What is this "land line"?
    It's that phone that sits next to your telephone line that you'll be glad you have when the mobile signal goes down and you need to call the PO-leece.

    PSN - phoenix1flames

  • drhcnip 11 Dec 2012 20:47:55 2,435 posts
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    kalel wrote:
    Have you done this?

    http://www.tpsonline.org.uk/tps/index.html
    only works for uk calls - problem is that most come from overseas these days or companies have sussed how to bypass it
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    Sussing out=ignoring the list.
  • mrpon 11 Dec 2012 21:05:01 28,437 posts
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    PhoenixFlames wrote:
    monkehhh wrote:
    What is this "land line"?
    It's that phone that sits next to your telephone line that you'll be glad you have when the mobile signal goes down and you need to call the PO-leece.
    You can call emergency services with no mobile signal.

    Give yourself 5 or gig, you're worth it.

  • Whizzo 11 Dec 2012 21:14:20 43,033 posts
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    Only if you can get a signal to another provider, all mobile operators will allow emergency calls to piggy back onto their network.

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  • kinky_mong 11 Dec 2012 21:16:27 9,958 posts
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    neilka wrote:
    Answer each and every phone call with a minute-long bloodcurdling scream.
    A friend of mine used to say this to every call when he was plagued with cold callers...

    I'll never get my Orc looking the same again.

  • heyyo 11 Dec 2012 21:18:42 14,374 posts
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    1Dgaf wrote:
    Yes, we have. We're still getting a few calls a day. Thanks for recommending it though - other people should use it, just in case it stops a few.
    Use BT Choose to Refuse service, costs 3.40/month & allows you block up to 5 numbers from calling you.

    Edited by heyyo at 21:19:02 11-12-2012
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