Jehovah’s Witnesses are better off knocking on my door to get my attention than friends, family, neighbors, or co-workers are by calling me on the phone. Jeffrey and I agree that robocallers should be forced to watch President Trump lie on TV for 30 days. That would end the scourge. And maybe reduce the population a bit.
What can be done to stop it?
First, don’t answer the phone. Tell all your friends, family, neighbors, or co-workers that the only way to get you is by knocking on the door or sending a text message.
Second, wait for Apple’s iOS 13 for iPhone, due later this summer. Apple has a new feature that turns on with a single tap. Silence Unknown Callers. Apple uses something it calls Siri Intelligence to ensure the incoming call is acceptable or not.
The incoming phone call needs to be in your Contacts, Messages, or Mail– all those are allowed. Even better, if you get a call from anyone who knows you and wants to talk, but their name and number don’t show up on your iPhone, no problemo, amigo. With Silence Unknown Callers on, those calls don’t even ring and get sent straight to voice mail.
That means calls you need– from the pharmacy, doctor, school, or friend of a friend, or whomever else is answer-worthy– gets into voice mail and you can check it at your leisure and take momentary pleasure in deleting robocalls.
The only real problem with that new method is obvious. Some robocalls just want to know if a human owns the line, and sending the call to voicemail tells them just that.
What I would like iOS 13 to do is add a few features to Silence Unknown Callers. One extra step would be the option to accept calls only from those in Contacts or Messages, voice mail be damned.
Apple could also collect those numbers we mark as robocalls, sort them altogether in some humongoloid database, and have iPhone check that list before letting calls through.
Or, we could eliminate spam and robocalls altogether by going off the grid and living on a commune. That would work, but it would put a big crimp in my daily Messages requirement.
Oh, if you’ve been wondering where’s Jeffrey? One word. Pertussis. I think he got it when he answered a robocaller.