How to defeat automated phone solicitors

By Ilya Kochanov
Contributing Writer, [GAS]

If you’ve ever signed up for a credit card or magazine subscription, chances are you now receive unwanted phone calls from annoying automated response systems.

As any phone phreak knows, a large portion of the telephone system still functions via tones, such as those you hear after each digit while dialing a number. Up until the late 90’s, specific tones –when played into the receiver– would even allow you to make free calls.

Today, a tone is available for you to play via your MP3 player or answering machine to deter robotic phone solicitors from calling ever again. You’re probably familiar with it already, as it plays whenever you reach a nonexistent number. Basically, whenever a robot calls and hears the tone, your number is erased from the calling list. The infamous boop – BOOP – BOOP.

Ah yes, onomatopoeia at its best!

SIT-VC.WAV [via Consumerist]

Advertisements
Advertisement




6 Responses to How to defeat automated phone solicitors

  1. I tried uploading this to my YouMail account for the default voicemail of all unknown/blocked numbers… it doesn’t seem to work, at least not yet :(

  2. I tried uploading this to my YouMail account for the default voicemail of all unknown/blocked numbers… it doesn't seem to work, at least not yet :(

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.