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The Definitive Guide To Stopping Robocalls on Your Mobile Phone

Here are the best ways to cut down on annoying robocalls from telemarketers to your mobile phone.

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'Hello. Would You Like To Stop Robocalls?'

Why does it seem like the only people who call are the robots? Because maybe it's true. Federal Trade Commission (or FTC) reportsmore

'Hello. Would You Like To Stop Robocalls?'

Why does it seem like the only people who call are the robots? Because maybe it's true. Federal Trade Commission (or FTC) reports robocalls are on the rise, in part because it's so easy to make autodialer calls from anywhere in the world. When a colleague said he was receiving 20 robocalls *a day* on his mobile phone, we looked into what he could do to stamp out the annoying mobile calls.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are robocalls?
A robocall is a call to your landline or mobile phone that uses an autodialer to send a recorded message and then connect you to a live telemarketer. While federal and state governments have attempted to restrict the telemarketing calls, robocalls can use a variety of methods, including Caller-ID spoofing, to hide their location and evade detection.
What can I do about robocalls and how do I get on the robocall do-not-call list?
The simplest thing is to not answer a call from an unknown number. If, however, you do answer a robocall, the FTC recommends you hang up and do not press a number, as pressing any number will likely flag your phone number for more robocalls. The FTC also recommends you register your home and mobile phone numbers with the National Do Not Call Registry at https://www.donotcall.gov/. While some types of calls -- such as from charities or political groups -- are allowed, being on the registry should cut down on unwanted sales calls. And after signing up, you can reported unwanted calls to the FTC at https://complaints.donotcall.gov/complaint/complaintcheck.aspx.
What else can I do about robocalls?
On your iPhone or Android phone, you can try installing an app to identify and block unwanted calls. The apps all take a similar approach: checking incoming calls against a robocall database. The apps block calls only from known robocallers, however, so fresh unreported numbers may still get through to you. Or, you can strike back with the Jolly Roger Telephone Co. Through the service, you can pass telemarketers to Jolly Roger bots that attempt to keep the telemarketers tied up with automated responses. Check out the company's blog to hear recordings of the bots in action at http://jollyrogertelephone.com/category/blog/.

Recommended Apps to Stop Robocalls

TrueCaller

TrueCaller

TrueCaller's Caller-ID service attempts to match an incoming caller's number with a name in the company's database. TrueCaller users can add spammy numbers to the community-build database, and you can look up numbers as well as share contact information with other users. The free version is supported by ads. An $17.99 annual subscription removes the ads.

Mr. Number

Mr. Number

Mr. Number, from Hiya, lets you assemble lists of numbers to block calls and SMS messages. You can take a more active roll with Mr. Number, deciding whether to pick up, hang up, or send a caller to voice mail. The app is free, and in-app purchases start at $0.99.

Nomorobo

Nomorobo

NoMoreRobo takes an active approach and monitors incoming calls. If the call is coming from a trusted number, it lets it go through. If it's from a robocaller, it intercepts the call and hangs up for you. Subscribe for $1.99 a month.

YouMail

YouMail

YouMail offers much more than robocall blocking. It can assist with setting up phone conferences, converting voicemail to email, responding to incoming calls. And of course, it can block calls from blacklisted numbers, sending them directly to a message stating your number is out of service.