How to Stop Unwanted Phone Calls

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You can stop unwanted phone calls and prevent your home phone from driving you crazy. Years ago, a telephone was a necessary invention for communication, Nowadays, phones with complicated menus, caller IDs that confuse the situation, and multiple calls from the same number all day long can drive you crazy. We missed an important call from an attorney, as the caller ID showed city and number only. Another important call from regular doctor failed to show up with anything identifiable. Other calls show unavailable or cell phone with no number. We almost decided to answer all calls and not let them go to the answering machine. We changed our minds after having second thoughts and deciding we might need a personal secretary. We received ten calls a day from two different companies even after giving them a negative reply. Following you will find a list of problems from unwanted phone calls.

Pleasant Calls Can Make Your Day

Annoying calls all day long are frustrating. Consumers like relaxation.
Annoying calls all day long are frustrating. Consumers like relaxation. | Source

Panasonic Phones and Answering Machine

Panasonic KX-TG7622B DECT 6.0 Link-to-Cell via Bluetooth Cordless Phone, Black, 2 Handsets
Panasonic KX-TG7622B DECT 6.0 Link-to-Cell via Bluetooth Cordless Phone, Black, 2 Handsets

This phone has a 4.5 star rating from Amazon and can connect to a cell phone.

 

Phone Issues and Solutions

Noise and telephones

Psychology Today has reported on a study of noise to enlighten people that excessive noise can cause anxiety, hearing problems, high blood pressure and heart problems. A discussion in a forum on the Internet discloses the anxiety some people suffer over constant interruptions, including the ringing of the telephone. What about in the home when several occupants constantly hear the ringing of multiple phones, especially unnecessary calls? It certainly may cause anxiety that they may not realize.

Fight the system

You can find a way to deal with the situation through a few steps that will free up your time and allow you to do necessary chores or enjoy relaxation. Who would know that Alexander Graham Bell would invent a gadget that would make life so hectic? Following are the remedies we used to make life relaxing and prevent us from getting upset over the terrible trivial telephone matters.

Purchase reliable answering machine unit - avoid frustration

Purchase a reliable answering machine with one or two phones as attachments. This is not an easy chore. We replaced our outdated answering machine with one by same company that came with two phones. The menu on these phones was like rocket science. The instructions were so complicated, and some instructions did not work. We constantly lost the phones, and no button existed to ring your phone wherever it was. Do not assume that if you had the same brand phone, that a replacement will give same satisfaction. To find a good unit, ask friends/relatives, use computer for best reviews, or use Amazon.com reviews. Be sure to return unit if you are not satisfied. We lost money, as we did not return promptly. A link at end of article contains a review of answering machine systems. The telephones below have a good rating and possess extra capabilities.

No Unwanted Calls Please

Cordless phones replace corded phones
Cordless phones replace corded phones | Source
Tangled wires could be from telephone overload. The system overloads with unwanted calls.
Tangled wires could be from telephone overload. The system overloads with unwanted calls. | Source

Place name on do not call registry

You then need to put yourself on the "do not call" list for telemarketers if you so desire. Go to the website "Donotcall.gov where you will find the instructions and procedure to put your name on this list.

Call block through your telephone service.

If you can afford the service, pay for the package with the block phone ability. Call the telephone company about the service and request specific instructions. You can plug in numbers ahead of time, or plug them in at time of call. Some calls, similar to telemarketing calls, have several numbers in the computer system that makes the calls, so be sure to block all the numbers. If you don't have the resources, you might consider giving up your landline phone as a last resort. Some consumers today only have cell phones.

Conclusion

You can stop your unwanted phone calls, so do not drive yourself crazy. Links below will also lead you to information on calls from credit companies and harassing phone calls. Hopefully, you have caller ID to screen calls and will find a good answering machine to take calls. In the meantime, the suggestions above may assist you in stopping the telemarketing and continuous phone calls from the same callers day after day. You might even have a chance to call old friends or sit by the pool with your new free time. Your telephone should be your friend and not your enemy. Technology seems to take up time these days. Don't let it take over your life.

Audrey Selig

copyright 2012

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mythbuster 4 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

Some good tips here, brakel2. I don't have too much stress over phone calls as I tell people when I give out my cell number - that I "call back" and don't answer my cell phone much. For my landline, I use nearly the same warning, so people who know me understand to leave a voicemail and I will call back as soon as I can. I don't like the way phone technology is becoming addictive, stressful to use and have near us, etc, so I don't use my gadgets the way I see most people using theirs.


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brakel2 4 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Thanks for reading my hub mythbuster. Your way of handling phone calls sounds very reasonable. We had some really bad phones which we have now replaced. Reading the manual was like rocket science. I am glad you have contacts who do not mind having calls returned. My husband spends time trying to block calls. I just go with the flow. Before we became so reliant on technology, life was much easier. I believe that no one is required to answer a personal phone, which is probably your belief also. Thanks for visiting my hub, and good luck in your writing.


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ahorseback 3 years ago

Brakel , I read one awhile ago that said , when a telemarketer calls ........."ask for their home number so that you can call them back , your so busy right now or eating dinner !"......It works ! They usually hang up !......:-}


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justmesuzanne 3 years ago from Texas

Great information! It is very important that people keep in mind that the phone is an appliance. We own our phones, and we do not have to be at their beck and call. I screen all my calls and return calls at a particular time each day. This saves a lot of time and interruption.

Voted up, interesting and shared! :)


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brakel2 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi Suzanne Thank you for stopping by to read my hub and for sharing it. We had a great deal of trouble with phone calls and my husband's desire to answer the phones. Since that time, we have blocked numerous calls, especially callers who called constantly trying to sell something. We have a phone system that is easy to operate. You are so right that we do not have to answer the phone. Your system of letting the answering machine screen calls and call back later sounds like a wonderful system. We need to do that all the time. Good luck with your traffic. Thanks for stopping by. Blessings Audrey


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brakel2 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi ahorseback - Thanks for reading my article and commenting. Your tip sounds great . I also heard of blowing a whistle to get the person to hang up. I think that may be for harassing calls. I hope you have solved this technology problem. Now if we could get rid of some emails. I know you are a good writer, and did not know you had made a comment until now. I need to get over and read some of your hubs. Good luck with your traffic and hope yours has improved. Maybe yours has been OK if you are lucky.


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Jean Bakula 2 years ago from New Jersey

Hi Audrey,

I've been barraged by phone calls from collection agencies for things that my brother has done, and we don't even have the same last name. I finally got to the point that I don't answer the home phone at all, I let the machine pick up, and only speak to people I want to talk too. I have a smartphone, but it has so many features it's ridiculous, so only answer that if it's my son or someone I'm expecting a call from. It can be very stressful to be targeted by a company or collection agency, they have the right to call you from 8AM to 9PM in my state, and when they get mad at you, they will keep calling and hanging up. The home phone used to have a shut off switch, but it broke, and I wouldn't buy the same phone again. I am considering losing the home phone and just using the cells, but it is nice to have people call on the regular phone, at the family phone number.


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brakel2 2 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi Jean - I am sorry you are having difficulty with credit bureaus that are someone else's problem. My landline phone gets so many strange calls, that I let my answering machine answer it. Many of my friends do not have a landline phone, but if you don't know their cellphone number, you can never reach them. A link at bottom of my article goes to a site that helps you get rid of debt collector's calls. You might go to that site and see what you can do, especially since the debts do not belong to you. I hope you and your son are doing better. You sure do need peace, and I pray that the phone calls will cease. I hope you do not acquire any more copied hubs. I love to visit with you on the site. Blessings, Audrey


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Jean Bakula 2 years ago from New Jersey

Thank you Audrey, you are always so kind and thoughtful. So many people seem to think my son and I should be feeling fine by now. I was with my husband for 39 years in total, 5 as my BF. It was my whole adult life I was part of that couple. Every aspect of my life is changed, even the way I speak, there's no "we" or "us." You learn to compromise early in life when you fall in love that young. But I am grateful we had our son, he is a great guy, and I am taking a course in Intuition and Clairvoyant Development. I also take a Women's Group out of the same place, it's The Healing Center. I was drawn there when I needed someone to speak at my husband's service, but have a feeling I was led there for other reasons, since it's become a big part of my life now. I feel up and down, but I know it's OK, we all grieve on our own timetable. And I have to be mindful that my son is feeling bad too. But I still feel hope about the future, it's a new chapter of my life. I am beginning to write here again, after trying so many sites, I like it here the best. Take care, Jean

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