Robocalls are the unwanted automated calls that you get, mostly from scammers and spammers but also sometimes from Marketing people and companies that don’t realise how annoying their pointless automated calls can be.
Mass cold calling was made easier by use of voice over IP, meaning the calls can be created on basic computers without the need for standard phone lines which cost money and can be tracked.
To some this is just a minor annoyance but to others it can be a lot more serious as they fall victim to scammers.
Robocalls are the No. 1 source of consumer complaints to the Federal Communications Commission.
There are various APPS that claim to block automated calls.
|APP||Cost||Ratings (out of 5 stars)|
Caller ID and Spam Blocker
|$2.99/month or $14.99/year for Hiya Premium
|App Store rating: 4.6
Google Play Store rating: 4.4
|$1.99/month||App Store rating: 4.6
Google Play Store rating: 2.1
Spam Call Blocker
|$2.99/month or $24.99/year for Android devices; $3.99/month or $29.99/year for iOS||App Store rating: 4.6
Google Play Store rating: 3.6
Voicemail and Spam Block
|Basic service is free; $5.99/month for YouMail Plus and $10.99/month for YouMail Professional||App Store rating: 4.6
Google Play Store rating: 4.3
|Call Control Home:
|$159.99 for call blocker device; smartphone app is free||App Store rating (app): 4.5
Google Play Store rating (app): 4.4
It’s up to you which, if any, of these products meet your needs.
If you have had any fun at the expense of cold callers, spammers and the like – do let me know, by email.