Now I’ve moved back to Virgin Media for my landline, with a new phone number, one problem I had anticipated was the potential for nuisance calls – telemarketing, scammers, and so on.
So I did a bit of digging around and found the following phone that is capable of filtering incoming calls with relatively little work. I came across the BT8610 phone (Good Housekeeping Institute). In essence, I just add a list of numbers that I want to allow at all times, and then set it to filter other calls – either by straight out blocking them, or force the caller to say who they are before the phone rings. Or any combination thereof.
It’s a more elegant solution than picking up the phone, confirming who you are, find it’s a company you don’t want to talk to, and hang up.
I’d still like a phone that would enable me to hook it up to my Google Contacts and control most filtering functions via a smartphone/tablet app – but maybe if Virgin’s plans for Voice over IP (VoIP) come to fruition, we could see a decent mix of old and new tech working together.
I’ll add a follow-up report once everything is set-up.