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The ONE app you need to stop unwanted calls

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.

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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.

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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.

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Awesome:

  • 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
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A modern day telephone book that is MUCH easier to use

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: 

download from google play

download on the app store

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2 Comments

  • Reply Jade February 16, 2017 at 17:15

    It’s been the best app i have downloaded to date. I got it a few months ago and it just simply saves me a lot fo time and hassle especially unnecessary rudeness to innocent people 🙂

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