Help me buy an answering machine to avoid cold calls

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  • 1Dgaf 11 Dec 2012 18:32:17 4,204 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.
  • Deleted user 11 December 2012 18:34:09
    Have you done this?

    http://www.tpsonline.org.uk/tps/index.html
  • 1Dgaf 11 Dec 2012 18:36:51 4,204 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.
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  • nickthegun 11 Dec 2012 18:52:07 64,492 posts
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    http://lmgtfy.com/?q=buy+an+answering+machine
  • Dirtbox 11 Dec 2012 18:58:06 82,230 posts
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    Fuck off to Rumbelows and buy one.
  • mrpon 11 Dec 2012 18:58:23 30,706 posts
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    How antiquated.
  • Fake_Blood 11 Dec 2012 19:09:29 5,126 posts
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    For the non native speakers here, what's a cold call?
  • Dirtbox 11 Dec 2012 19:12:52 82,230 posts
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    Unsolicited telesales calls.
  • 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 24,330 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.
  • neilka Funniest Forumite, 2014 11 Dec 2012 19:33:53 17,071 posts
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    Answer each and every phone call with a minute-long bloodcurdling scream.
  • Whizzo 11 Dec 2012 19:37:29 44,029 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.
  • monkehhh 11 Dec 2012 19:38:20 3,935 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 44,029 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.
  • localnotail 11 Dec 2012 19:42:32 23,084 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.
  • monkehhh 11 Dec 2012 19:44:36 3,935 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 9,263 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.
  • drhcnip 11 Dec 2012 20:47:55 3,511 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
  • Deleted user 11 December 2012 20:49:39
    Sussing out=ignoring the list.
  • mrpon 11 Dec 2012 21:05:01 30,706 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.
  • Whizzo 11 Dec 2012 21:14:20 44,029 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.
  • kinky_mong 11 Dec 2012 21:16:27 11,677 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...

  • heyyo 11 Dec 2012 21:18:42 14,364 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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