Are you tired of getting “robocalls?”

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I am.

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)


2 responses to “Are you tired of getting “robocalls?”

  1. The best way to get off the call list is to vote early. Most candidates do not like wasting money so they check the voter records daily and remove any names that have already voted.

    • Not really…if you’re a poor campaign or are in the last weeks of the election, taking names off the list takes time that could be spent campaigning. My experience is that only a few well oiled campaigns remove the numbers. And in the last couple days of the campaign, if they are removing the numbers, there’s at least a 24 hour lag between a vote and the removal, which could mean several calls.

      For example: during the 2010 primary, I know that robocalls by both candidates for Utah’s Senate seat went out several times on the Friday and Saturday before the election, and I also know that neither were removing voters as fast as they were making the calls.

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