Block Automated Phone Calls With Nomorobo

The last thing you want when you come home after a long day at work is a telemarketer calling you at home, right? Well, software programmer, Aaron Foss, is putting a stop to these annoying phone calls.

Foss has created  Nomorobo, a free service that blocks automated phone calls. Foss has been working on this service since April. His efforts were rewarded when he tied for first place in the Federal Trade Commission’s Robocall Challenge.

So, how does it work?
NBC News writer, Herb Weisbuam, explains it this way: “Nomorobo uses a ‘simultaneous ring’ service that allows numerous phone lines with the same number to ring at the same time.” Therefore, once you sign up for this service, all of your calls will go to Nomorobo and if the call is determined to be a robocall, the computer hangs up on it.

Foss was careful with his creation, making sure Nomorobo wouldn’t block legal robocalls such as doctor’s appointments, school closings, etc…

What’s the catch?

Right now, Nomorobo is available to those with VoiP service with AT & T, U-verse, Cablevision Optimum, SureWest, Verizon FiOS and Vonage. Foss hopes to add other phone companies in the future.

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