Blockingthose Da*n Telemarketers
by Alan German
Its 6:05 pm; now who is that calling? Youre
right, its the duct cleaning company from India, or
its the Captain wanting to give me that free
cruise. I dont get that many telemarketing calls on
my cellphone, but the ones that do arrive are really
annoying. So, currently, I am trying Call Control,
a call-blocking app from the Kedlin Company.
Its very easy to use. I hang up on a scam telephone
call. I simply bring up the list of recent calls and tap
on the listing for the call in question. I select the
Block & Report option and the callers telephone
number is added to the Blocked List.
The same app can also be used to block text messages. You
know the ones become mystery shopper, your credit
card has been deactivated and so on. On my
smartphone, using the text-blocking service means using
Call Control as my default SMS app. It seems to work just
fine in this capacity so, at least for the moment,
thats what Im doing.
The free version of the software advertises
amongst other things Call Control Premium. The
features of the paid version, and the limitations of the
free version, are not clear. It appears that the paid
version of the app uses crowd sourcing to identify
spammers and add their contact information to a community
blacklist. A user comment on Googles Play Store
suggests that the number of free personal blacklist
entries is limited. So, for now, the ultimate utility of
the free version of Call Control remains in question. The
evaluation process continues!
Call Control (Freeware)
Originally published: May, 2017
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