I actually don’t know why it took me so long to get Truecaller. I think it was the 15 missed calls I got from the same number in 3 days and when I finally answered they tried to sell me stuff. I’m not a fan of telemarketing – it’s disruptive and what ever they are offering will probably cost money. If you’re like me, then here’s how to stop unwanted calls.
How NOT to handle a call from a telemarketer
A friend once told me to keep the telemarketer on hold and they will eventually hang up. I tried this and it backfired horribly.
After keeping the caller on hold for 3 minutes, I went back to the phone and said I wasn’t interested. To which the caller replied “Then why did you keep me on hold?” I felt terrible. This lead me to my current strategy.
Finding a middle ground with telemarketers
When I get a call from an unknown number, we exchange pleasantries and I ask if they are trying to sell me something. This is a yes or no question and once they say yes, I say no thank you. It keeps the conversation polite and saves time. There’s no need to be a d%$k about it.
Of course there’s an app for that
Recently the calls have been getting way too much for me. Screening them was disrupting my work day. That’s when I decided to download Truecaller.
What: Truecaller is an app that allows you to identify unknown callers and block unwanted calls even if they aren’t in your contacts.
- See who is calling even if they aren’t in your contacts
- Block telemarketers and avoid future calls
- See how many times a contact has been reported as spam
- Search for unknown numbers in the database
Not so awesome:
- You can see when your friends were last online and if they are currently on a call. Truecaller says this allows you to call at the perfect time, but to me this is creepy.
Get Truecaller here: