Telephone preference service is pretty good - I signed up online and within about 3 weeks they'd stopped completely. If you tell them you're signed up to tps they have to hang up.
Doesn't help with those bizarre automated american calls though which seem to fill up my answering machine at least once a week,
'Hi, this is Candy, you've won a timeshare in florida, etc ,etc....
What annoys me is that they can only seem to have a conversation from you using prompt cards. And if you say you aren't interested they still carry on trying to persuade you. Depending on my mood I either hang up or say "what part of no don't you understand"?. I do feeling guilty for the latter though as they are only trying to make a living.
My dad had that fastasleep, but his was same but one number for a pizza place, in the end he got so fed up that he let them order and even asked if they wanted salad etc
I signed up with tps online and found a 90% improvement.
TPS is very good, although the odd call can slip through the net sometimes. If the company calling will give you their details you can report them to TPS!!!!, but usually when you mention them they hang up anyway.
Is it true that you can't use tps for a line used for business now I'm working from home these calls are more annoying because I have to wait patiently until I'm sure it's not a customer or business contact. Though perhaps I should start my sales pitch on the caller and see how keen they are to listen to me when they are trying to work. Unfortunately most of the time I hold my tongue as I also have in mind well they are trying to earn a living.
Anyone remember Sully from Monsters Inc?? My ds has one of those talking ones which says loads of different phrases when you press a button on his back. Including a scary ROOOAAARR! as well. Whenever we get telesales calls, I hand the phone to ds who holds Sully to the receiver and plays all the different phrases to whoever is on the phone. Once, a guy from India carried on talking to the roaring monster for 5 minutes. It was hilarious - all the kids were rofl!!