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Old 05-20-2016, 03:41 PM   #29
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I was born during the time where everyone hurried to answer the phone. I have had to remind my parents that is no longer a need now that we have phones on our hips, etc. I remind my kids (young adults) to put the phone down and enjoy life. No obligation to answer every call..... it's okay. We lived without immediate contact before, we can do it again.

If you don't recognize the number, you don't have to feel obligated to answer. Let it go to voicemail or leave it be. You can always later block the caller or call the individual back.

Same goes for your email -- you don't have to answer or respond to emails when it comes from someone you don't know. There's a lot of scammers out there!!! Be careful.

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Old 06-01-2016, 12:20 PM   #30
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Yes!! I strongly advise you to dump the home landline.
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Old 06-02-2016, 04:29 AM   #31
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If you have any kind of medical issues dumping your land line is one of the stupider things to do. It is much more reliable than a cell phone. Just let the answering machine take calls you don't want. Or just hang up.
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Old 06-02-2016, 08:13 AM   #32
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Well, if it's stupid, and God knows I don't want to do stupid things, where do I find enough telephone cable to stretch from where I am to where I'm going, medical issues or not.

Fallen and can't get up? I'd rather have a cell phone on my hip than a land line 10 feet away.
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Old 06-02-2016, 08:39 AM   #33
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One way to slow some down is to answer them.


If sales guys wanting to sell solar or other hard assets state you are section 8 and then they cannot hang up fast enough.

Political ones are usually just recordings and cannot be blocked so to speak so just hang up.

Public safety folks like police and fire (at least round here) publicly state they never have any phone solicitations so any and all are scams so if you get one of those state yiu are expecting a call from your parole agent and need to get off the line.

These folks may randomly call numbers or maybe there is a forum like this one where they share data...We do not know...but since we have been on section 8 we get a lot less calls for solar and the like.


By the way real fun at home depot when they try to sell you while you need something and do not have time for their sale...Just intently listen then at some point ask how you can get "any action or rebate" while in section 8 apartments in (insert name of locally known bad area here) then enjoy their back out...
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Old 06-02-2016, 10:13 AM   #34
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What is the downside of NOMOROBO?. It seems too good to be true, and we all know that if something seems too good to be true, it usually is.

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X1 for NOMOROBO! I haven't had a political call this year!

Oh, yeah - the do not call list worked for a short time and then went the way of the DoDo...nomorobo - one ring and *poof* - they are gone. Been on NOMOROBO for a year plus...

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Old 06-02-2016, 10:21 AM   #35
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What is the downside of NOMOROBO?. It seems too good to be true, and we all know that if something seems too good to be true, it usually is.
We have used NOMOROBO for almost a year...there is no downside for us.
We can add new numbers on-line that get through...but we are down to so few that rarely happens.

There is 1 downside for others...the service to use NOMOROBO might not be offered by your phone company (it is called simultaneous ring).
https://nomorobo.zendesk.com/hc/en-u...Nomorobo-work-


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Old 06-02-2016, 10:35 AM   #36
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Well, if it's stupid, and God knows I don't want to do stupid things, where do I find enough telephone cable to stretch from where I am to where I'm going, medical issues or not.

Fallen and can't get up? I'd rather have a cell phone on my hip than a land line 10 feet away.
That is why we use cordless at home most of the time.

The point is that in case of emergency conditions the cell service is overloaded before it is set aside for emergency traffic by the local first responder and emergency management folks. That is assuming it is up and running. OTOH wire line phone has it's own power and physical plant designed to handle most emergency problems without depending on the other utilities.
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Old 06-02-2016, 10:36 AM   #37
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Our land line and at times our cell phones continually receive stupid phone calls from somebody or something that is not even there when you decide to even answer the phone. If they are marketing something I would never even know what it is because nobody is on the other end of the line. Because of this going on for years we now do not even look at our phone when it rings and I am soon going to get rid of the land line permanently. We have the answering system and let it answer the nothing calls 100% of the time. Does anyone else receive these annoying phone calls?
Yes!!!

Receive these all the time on my landline phone at home. A little research (how'd we ever get along without Google) indicates two things when the phone rings, you answer, and there's no one there.

1) a robo caller just makes the initial call. If you pickup, you are switch to a human. Sometimes there's not a human available, so you just sit and listen to dead air.

2) Robo caller is just looking for numbers where people will pick up. A listing of these numbers is compiled then used by telephone solicitors later.

As everyone has Caller ID these days, I'm surprised telemarketing even still exist. I never answer the phone unless I know who's calling. Otherwise, it just rolls to voicemail.
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Yes!!!

Receive these all the time on my landline phone at home. A little research (how'd we ever get along without Google) indicates two things when the phone rings, you answer, and there's no one there.

1) a robo caller just makes the initial call. If you pickup, you are switch to a human. Sometimes there's not a human available, so you just sit and listen to dead air.

2) Robo caller is just looking for numbers where people will pick up. A listing of these numbers is compiled then used by telephone solicitors later.

As everyone has Caller ID these days, I'm surprised telemarketing even still exist. I never answer the phone unless I know who's calling. Otherwise, it just rolls to voicemail.
Their equipment is so advanced now that they can make the caller ID show any number they want, even your own number!
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Their equipment is so advanced now that they can make the caller ID show any number they want, even your own number!
I suppose that's true.

You know at one time, when I was younger and a lot more ornry, I'd answer the phone. As soon as I knew it was a telephone solicitor I'd say in my best excited voice..."Oh man... I've been waiting on one of you guys to call, but I just need to take a pot off the stove. Give me a second, I'll be right back!"

Then I'd set the phone down and go watch TV (or go back to whatever I was doing) until I heard the "Off-hook" tone blaring from the phone.

It didn't stop the calls, but it made me feel better. If nothing else it stopped that one solicitor from calling someone else during the time they waited.

Last time I tried that they hung up pretty quick, so they appear to be wise to that game now.
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My home phone is part of a bundle from Comcast (Xfinity). I was mucking about on their website last week and stumbled across an option to block all calls without a valid caller ID. I was right quick to activate that option! (it's free).
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That is why we use cordless at home most of the time.

The point is that in case of emergency conditions the cell service is overloaded before it is set aside for emergency traffic by the local first responder and emergency management folks. That is assuming it is up and running. OTOH wire line phone has it's own power and physical plant designed to handle most emergency problems without depending on the other utilities.


Unfortunately, a land one is not really a practical option for full timers. The more you move, the less practical it becomes. During emergencies, cellular systems and central switching offices can and do become overloaded, which affects all telephone service. But with a cell, I have the ability to take it to a location where it will work. Not so with a land line. I can also use it to send receive text messages or access the Internet and get news and updates. All things a land line is not likely to support.

All in all, a land line may be all that you need and it does have certain advantages. But it also has limitations, not the least of which is portability and limited communication modes.
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Yes!! I strongly advise you to dump the home landline.
We still have our landline numbers but they all go through VOIP and then to our cordless phones. That also allows us to take landline calls on our Cell phones. You've got to love Google Voice.

In the past I've had landline go down but the Internet has stayed up. Anyway the bottom line is we covered.

That said we do have a landline through our cable provider but it hardly gets used and once they want to start charging us for it it's gone.
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