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Old 10-30-2018, 11:26 AM
 
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I can't believe so many people ignore calls on their phones. Talk about throwing the baby out with the bath water! There are perfectly legitimate calls that you won't get. What about the companies or stores you do business with? That service provider who needs to contact you because they can't find your house? Not every one you know or do business with is going to be in your contacts list, and if you ignore unknown numbers, you will miss those calls.

It really is simple to let calls roll to voicemail and listen later. Or, crazy idea, hang up when you realize it's a telemarketer or scammer. What have you wasted -- 5 seconds?
If I am expecting a service provider at my house at a specific time, I will answer the phone for a call in the same area code with the expectation they may need to get a hold of me.

You do understand, that if you answer the phone and hang up, that it will know it can get a live person and will call more often? Letting it go to an answering system usually does not trigger that.
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Old 10-30-2018, 12:17 PM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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I can't believe so many people ignore calls on their phones. Talk about throwing the baby out with the bath water! There are perfectly legitimate calls that you won't get. What about the companies or stores you do business with? That service provider who needs to contact you because they can't find your house? Not every one you know or do business with is going to be in your contacts list, and if you ignore unknown numbers, you will miss those calls.

It really is simple to let calls roll to voicemail and listen later. Or, crazy idea, hang up when you realize it's a telemarketer or scammer. What have you wasted -- 5 seconds?
Cell phone number given to anyone who needs it.
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Old 10-30-2018, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Northern VA
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I can't believe so many people ignore calls on their phones. Talk about throwing the baby out with the bath water! There are perfectly legitimate calls that you won't get. What about the companies or stores you do business with? That service provider who needs to contact you because they can't find your house? Not every one you know or do business with is going to be in your contacts list, and if you ignore unknown numbers, you will miss those calls.

It really is simple to let calls roll to voicemail and listen later. Or, crazy idea, hang up when you realize it's a telemarketer or scammer. What have you wasted -- 5 seconds?
The telemarketers rarely leave voice mails. Even legitimate callers don't always leave voice mails. One time I was waiting for a call to tell me what time to show up the next day for surgery. When they finally called, I never heard the phone and it was a complete FUBAR when I went in fir my surgery
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Old 11-05-2018, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Washington state
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Does that work with landlines?
I think so. My aunt has a landline and whenever I call, I'm prompted to hit 1 or enter the phone number I'm calling from to get through.
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Old 11-06-2018, 04:46 AM
 
Location: Eric Forman's basement
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Occasionally there will be a legitimate caller who doesn't leave a voice mail. I had the experience where I leased a car, but my electronic payments weren't going through from my bank because I was still using the account number from the prior lease. The leasing company kept calling me and not leaving a message at all! Luckily I picked up the phone eventually before the repo man showed up! Why not leave a message?
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Old 11-06-2018, 08:27 AM
 
Location: NYC
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You answer an unknown phone # call & it turns out to be a telemarketer/robocall, your phone number is put on a list as "live" & sold over & over again for years as just that to more telemarketers or scammers.

You become a mark for their con, a chump for their game or whatever... but you will continue to receive more & more unwanted calls by taking their bait.
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Old 11-06-2018, 09:06 AM
 
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Meh, I answer the calls & hang up if it's a telemarketer or robocall, and my volume of such calls is very small. Like, hardly ever. If I was getting sold over & over again, I'd have more calls but I don't.
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