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How to Put Your Phone on the National Do Not Call List and Avoid Telemarketers

Stop Telemarketers from Calling

Who likes telemarketers? Nobody, that’s who. I just setup a new VOIP house phone less than a week ago and I’ve already received more than 20 calls from solicitors. I’m still not sure what’s worse, automated calls with the pre-recorded message, or the ultra-pushy sales guy trying to clean out my HVAC system. In either case, if you’re in the U.S. you don’t have to put up with these calls. All it takes is registering your phone number with the National Do Not Call list.

In a browser of your choice visit: https://www.donotcall.gov/register/reg.aspx
On the very first page you’ll be prompted to enter your phone number (up to three if you like) and then a valid email address to confirm.

register number and email

You’ll receive an email from [email protected] and it will contain a link that you’re required to click on to complete the registration process. Click on this link, and you’re done.

email confirmation donotcall list

Unfortunately this list won’t take effect immediately. Telemarketers should stop calling within 31 days of registering on the DoNotCall list. Even after the one month period, a few may slip through, but you can then report them when they do.

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5 Responses to How to Put Your Phone on the National Do Not Call List and Avoid Telemarketers

  1. Konrad Poth April 26, 2013 at 8:44 am #

    The Do-Not-Call list seems to be nothing more than a feel-good idea. I have listed my name and number on it several times over the years to no avail. The telemarketers don’t care because they know that enforcement is slim or non-existent or they are off-shore and can’t be touched. I dumped my land-line and went exclusively cellular. Now I receive about 10 calls a day from someone named UNKNOWN without any caller ID. Without caller ID I refuse to answer and have instructed family, friends and business associates to use text only and have assigned a special alert tone to that. The telephone ring-tone is now turned OFF
    completely and I no longer hear UNKNOWN ringing!

    • Austin Krause April 26, 2013 at 2:44 pm #

      With Avast! for Android or Mr. Number you can block unknown calls from ringing or even showing up on your calling list!

    • Graeme McRae April 26, 2013 at 11:53 pm #

      There’s a way on most phones to make a special “silent” ring tone, and assign it to unknown numbers. In addition, on iPhones, there’s a “do not disturb” mode that lets you still receive calls from anyone in your address book. You can leave the phone on permanent do-not-disturb, if you like.

  2. Steve H April 26, 2013 at 9:17 am #

    Yeah, although it DOES cut down on these calls, there are too many loopholes. Anyone you already have a business relationship with is exempt and what a surprise, so are politicians.

  3. Tim Ockwell April 26, 2013 at 9:34 am #

    I assume that this only works with USA phone numbers. I must check whether there is a similar system in the UK (unless this info is already known to you).

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