Block All Robocalls, Scam Calls and Unwanted Calls
Are you trying to Block All Robocalls, Scam Calls, Unwanted Calls on Landline Phones?
Or you just want to Block All Nuisance Calls at the Touch of A Button? You’ve come to the right spot.
We’ve tried the CPR V5000 call blocker that has worked for me as advertised by the manufacturer since I bought it and installed it 4 weeks ago. For the record, I get my phone service via Mediacom cable company VOIP internet phone service. My digital phone is AT&T Model TL92271 DECT 6.0. I installed the call blocker in series ahead of my AT&T phone per manufacturer instructions. My answering feature on my phone works as before; caller ID info (when provided by incoming caller) is displayed on the phone display; caller ID info (when provided by incoming caller) is also verbally announced by the phone as before … so all phone features continue without any issues.
Setting Up the Call Blocker
My initial set up included manually entering the six or so codes recommended by manufacturer: withheld/private numbers, unknown callers, international/out of area callers, etc … these can be found on the manufacturer’s web site and are also listed on the call blocker user guide. Then I manually blocked out general toll free area codes: 800, 844, 855, 866, 877, 888. Then I blocked Washington DC area code 202 then manually blocked most of Chicago’s area codes because these historically have been the source of abusive robo callers … and we have no colleagues in either city that we want to get calls from. After that, I blocked out individual robo calls that were made from other locals. To date, I have 34 blocked area codes and/or individual phone numbers. After four weeks of use and tailoring of blocked numbers we are very pleased that our daily robo calls are gone save for an occasional ‘new one’ that arrives … but manually blocking such a robo call now is painless by stepping through incoming calls then pressing the ‘delete’ button — bingo, it’s gone.
The political season is now upon us as we march toward November elections. I expect new robo calls will be coming and I’ll block them after their first attempts … won’t have to deal with repeated home interruptions.
This call blocker has been a good investment for our home and it has worked with our phone / phone service without issue. The CPR V5000 is very easy to use, which makes it a good option for those who might be technically challenged. Just press the Block Now button when you receive a call you want blocked.
However, if you connect it in series, as recommended, no caller ID information is passed through to your phone. The incoming number is displayed on the CPR V5000, but it is the number only – no name, date, or time stamp. I rely on that information in my call log, so the recommended installation was not an option for me. The CPR V5000 did stop all rings on a blocked call when connected in series.
I used the alternate parallel connection method so I could have all the caller ID information presented to and stored in my phone. However, the parallel connection allows your phone to ring one time on all received blocked calls. This was almost as annoying as having no call blocker at all, so I returned the CPR V5000 and purchased a call blocker that does repeat all caller ID information to my phone and does not ring on a blocked call.
Pros & Cons on The Call Blocker
PROS: Just plugging in the Call Blocker (CB) V5000 reduced unwanted calls by 80% (we were receiving 3-7 unwanted calls per day). Easy to setup, use, program. So far our “wanted” calls are still coming through. Tip: Log all your important calls in your phone’s contact list to ensure they’ll come through. The unit is about 4″x4″ in size, attractive looking. Comes with the line splitter. I recommend using the line splitter so the caller’s number appears on your phone’s LED as well as the CB’s LED (the CB’s LED just shows a line of numbers w/no hyphens so it’s hard to tell what the caller’s number is and the CB doesn’t show the caller’s ID name). Using the splitter will allow the caller’s ID and number to still appear on your home phone’s LED as it did before. You have to unplug your home phone line from the splitter and plug it into the CB to edit the program settings. Not a big deal as you’ll rarely do this once you’ve set it up. You can block up to 1500 unwanted calls (It displays the number of blocked calls on the CB’s LED). You can unblock specific calls that have been blocked. The CB supposedly blocks thousands more if you turn on its preset blocking options (easy to do and explained well in the manual). I would recommend the CPR V5000 Call Blocker if nothing else seems to work as it is a bit pricey and not completely fool proof. I live in the USA and it works fine with my home digital phone currently through ATT’s U-verse.
CONS: Even with turning the preset on for blocking all “unknown callers”, some “unknown name” calls still seem to come through — but you can still block them individually by pressing the Block Now button. Some “800” numbers still come through as well. In the first three weeks we only had to manually block 17 calls with the Block Now button, the rest so far were blocked automatically by the CB (during an election year). Our unwanted calls now average 1-2 per day, some days there are none (I don’t believe it is possible to block every unwanted call with any system). The English part of the manual is only 3 pages long with basic info and extremely small type.
Some tips for using a Call Blocker:
If you wanted to block ALL Jamaican (876) area codes with preceding exchanges you would only need to key in 876 as an area code block. but I would advise to input it with a 1, 01 and 001 before it as sometimes overseas calls are spoofed with Country codes that can display differently on caller ID devices. So input them as follows…
* * 7 # (beep) 876 # (beep)
* * 7 # (beep) 1 876 # (beep)
* * 7 # (beep) 01 876 # (beep)
* * 7 # (beep) 001 876 # (beep)
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