There’s a rumor going around that you can get your number off of autodial lists by pressing pound or by pressing a combination of buttons during the call. Here’s this from Lifehacker:
The National Do Not Call Registry doesn’t cover political messages, and you’ve probably noticed that lately. One reader suggests that pressing pound (#) during robocalls can get you off at least thatcaller’s list, but an expanded button combo might work better.
PatrickRothschell dropped a note [Lifehackers] Tips box that pressing pound during a political robocall often triggers a prompt to remove you from that calling list, or might even drop your number automatically. We’re eagerly awaiting our next call from a candidate Working For Us to try it out, but a commenter at a New York Times blog post about those awful, terrible car warranty calls of old suggested a Star-Pound-Zero combination trips up nearly any auto-calling system, or at least covers most of the bases likely to get you into an opt-out dialog. It’s fairly similar to the one-star-pound method of skipping cellphone voicemail instructions, minus one number substitution (and they wonder why people are texting more than using voice service these days).
While I’m not “eagerly awaiting” the next political robocall from my elected officials, I know that as the election gets closer, I’ll start getting more of them.
(h/t to Lifehacker)
- Jeff P. Henderson: Press Pound to to Escape Political Robocall Lists [Annoyances] (lifehacker.com)
- Political Robo-Calls (outsidethebeltway.com)