[LINK] anti-telemarketer devices
Fri, 11 Oct 2002 08:22:51 +1000
This on CNN today. Fascinating options -- Long article, here's a taste:
Black boxes help zap telemarketers
Consumers looking for peace at dinnertime have a variety of options other
than handing off the phone to the toddler.
[snip - loved the live above!]
Spectrum Research's Screen Machine, which costs $59.97, intercepts all
calls with a statement that sales pitches are not accepted.
Telemarketers are asked to place the number on their do-not-call lists,
while others are invited to press the "5" button to ring through.
Telemarketers will not press "5" because they will then be legally on the
hook for a $1,500 fine, Chase said.
Privacy Corps' top seller is the TeleZapper, made by Royal Appliance
Designed by an engineer who worked on predictive dialer systems, the
TeleZapper emits a tone that tricks the automatic dialers into thinking
that the line is not in service.
The computer hangs up the call and removes the number from the
telemarketers' prospect list, eventually reducing the number of calls made
into the home.
"It's like jujitsu — using the telemarketers' technology against them,"
said Catlett of Junkbusters, who noted that consumers not wanting to spend
$49.97 could download the out-of-service tone for free from his Web site
and place it on their answering machines.
But the cat and mouse games continue, Chase noted, as some telemarketers
have altered their predictive dialers to ignore the TeleZapper's single
tone. Users can adjust their TeleZappers to send out the distinctive
three-tone chime used by the phone company to denote that the line is not
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