If you have a phone you probably already know and despise calls from robocallers, telemarketers, scammers and spammers. Unwanted calls distract us from our families and friends, interrupt our work, and in the worst cases try to steal our money and our peace of mind. Worst of all, it’s hard to fully understand how to stop unwanted calls for good. Spam Filters and other call blocking technologies can be helpful, but finding a complete solution that will actually stop the majority of unwanted calls is difficult. Fortunately, Robokiller’s new spam protection features just took a big bite out of the more than 2.3 billion spam calls made each month in the United States, and it’s about to get even better.
Who Are These Callers?
Stopping spam calls starts with understanding who is making them and who is making money off of them. Unwanted spam calls basically fall into two large categories:
Robocalls – automated telephone calls that deliver a recorded message
Telemarketing Calls – Live direct marketing calls in which a salesperson solicits prospective customers to buy products or services
And they are further subcategorized as:
Legal vs. illegal — According to the FCC, “All non-emergency robocalls, both telemarketing and informational, require a consumer’s permission to be made to a wireless phone.” However, when it comes to telemarketing, the FTC explains, “Calls from or on behalf of political organizations, charities and telephone surveyors are permitted.”
Spammers — Spam refers to any nuisance call made to your phone. While most all of us agree that the vast majority of these calls are annoying, not all of them are illegal, dangerous, or even designed to scam you out of money. Surveys, for example, may interrupt your dinner, but they may not be intrinsically harmful.
Scammers — These are the dangerous nuisance calls. People trying to steal your identity or extract money from you are considered scammers. The most well known scams include: the IRS phone scam: where callers pretend to be IRS agents and scare consumers into wiring them money to avoid criminal prosecution, and Phony Tech Support and Credit scams, where the caller pretends to be from “Cardmember Services” or “Microsoft Support” and warns you of either a problem with your computer or credit card account that only they can fix when you give them your personal information.
Legal calls are more likely annoying than dangerous, but scam calls are particular dangerous. They often target the elderly and poor with fake sweepstakes, scare tactics, and other methods of harassment that can cheat people out of their wealth and reputations. It is best not to answer any of these calls, but it is also smart to employ technology to protect yourself.
So Why Don’t Phone Carriers Stop These Unwanted Calls?
There are three basic reasons why phone companies have not done much to provide good spam filtering solutions to customers:
- Money. Understanding the economics of robocalls is the first step in solving the problem.. Placing phone calls is inexpensive for telemarketers and robocallers; they can make millions of illegal calls at little cost and with almost no risk. Unfortunately, phone companies make money when they connect these calls to your phone. So unless their competitors are offering a better solution to stop nuisance calls, carriers have little incentive and money to lose by investing money to prevent these calls.
- Regulations. Telecommunications is highly regulated by the government to create competition and fairness, but this also slows down innovation and reduces the risks carriers are willing to take.
- It is not an easy problem to solve. The phone network is a complex web of carriers and solutions providers. Without cooperation, it is difficult to stop these calls; especially from calls originating overseas.
New laws and new cooperation between the government, telecom companies, and third party providers are hoping to improve the telemarketing and robocall situation, but it’s unlikely to happen any time soon.
So what can you do to stop these unwanted calls?
The only way to stop unwanted calls is to stop them from ever reaching your phone. There are a few ways to make this happen, such as registering on the Do Not Call. gov or contacting your phone carrier, but neither of these options are designed to block calls entirely. Because of this, smartphone apps for iOS and Android are the best solution because they are equipped with realtime spam call detection and personal blacklisting tools.
Robokiller, an award-winning robocall blocking app, provides spam protection against unwanted callers and in-real-time caller identification. It offers the most comprehensive and up-to date protection from robocalls, telemarketers, scammers and spammers in the world. On average RoboKiller saves users 17 minutes of wasted time per week from unwanted calls by reducing unwanted calls by 85% in the first 30 days of activation. At $.99/month, if you value 17 minutes of your time this week at more than 23 cents, RoboKiller is almost definitely the right tool for the problem!