The National Do Not Call Registry eliminates a large portion of unsolicited phone calls. But still, there are many shortcomings. In the previous post we showed a list of National Do Not Call Registry advantages in comparison with Free Reverse Phone Number Lookup service offered by SHOULDIANSWER. In this post are going to compare in the same way Do Not Call Registry drawbacks.
Even if you have registered you phone number in the Do Not Call Registry, SHOULDIANSWER increases the effectiveness of your protection against unsolicited telephone calls. Additionally, SHOULDIANSWER offers the ability to customize settings for specific consumer needs. You can only select to be notified or you can directly block any annoying calls. SHOULDIANSWER can also block political calls, surveys and calls from non-profit organizations.
DO NOT CALL REGISTRY DISADVANTAGES versus Free Reverse Phone Number Lookup
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Just after registration in the Do Not Call Registry, certain percentage of consumers have noticed an increase in telemarketing calls, even telephone numbers that had never received any unsolicited calls. Based on a VoxPop study, about 80% of all registered noticed reduction in calls, while about 13% this effect was completely reversed.
SHOULDIANSWER does not face any effect like this. The more active users informing about any new phone number, which is the source of unsolicited calls, the greater the likelihood that not many SHOULDIANSWER users will receive any unwanted phone calls. User reviews are checked by SHOULDIANSWER administrators before they are entered into the system. Any attempt to circumvent the system can be revealed.
– Do Not Call Registry does not protect against scammers, just against telemarketers
The Do Not Call Registry is only effective against legal firms that have a legal footprint where they can be prosecuted. The Caller ID does not mean much because scammers can type in any other phone number, for any or every phone call. This practise is known under the term Caller ID spoofing.
SHOULDIANSWER not only captures unwanted telemarkeitng calls, but also phone calls coming from fraudsters.
– Time Delay between Registration and Blocking
The Do Not Call Registry requires telemarketers downloading the updated list of phone numbers that do not wish to be contacted at least once every 31 days. Between the time of the registration of a new phone number and the download, the registered phone number can still receive telemarketing calls. That may be why many users experienced a growth in the number of unsolicited telemarketing calls just after they registered their phone number.
With SHOULDIANSWER, you do not receive any nuisance calls since the moment you download the application at Google Play. There is no time delay and the service is free of charge same as with the Do Not Call Registry.
– Political Organizations are exempted from the rules
Politicians are immune from the Do Not Call Act, meaning that voters may be bothered by them with unsolicited phone calls, even those coming from prerecorded machines.
SHOULDIANSWER can block political calls.
– Charities are exempted from the rules
Non-profit organizations and organizations that are tax-exempt can call to anybody who enrolled his phone number at the Do Not Call Registry list.
SHOULDIANSWER can block calls coming from non-profit organizations.
Polling firms can call phone numbers registered in the Do Not Call Registry.
SHOULDIANSWER can block phone calls conducting surveys.
– Companies with whom you have a “prior business relationship” are exempted
Although the consumer’s phone number is registered in the Do Not Call Registry, the consumer can be contacted for up to 18 months by companies for which he made a payment. In addition, a company can conduct an unsolicited call for up to 3 months after a consumer makes an inquiry or submits an application to the company. In both cases, if the consumer expressly asks the company not to call, so the company cannot do so.
With SHOULDIANSWER you do not need to keep in mind that you should say by each of your payment that you do not wish to be contacted.
– The Scope of the Do Not Call Registry
Cross-border cooperation is necessary to resolve jurisdictional issues so that the violators from foreign centers and scammers using caller ID spoofing for displaying fake phone numbers can be punished.
Unlike the law enforced Do Not Call Registry, SHOULDIANSWER is not geographically limited and has been translated into dozens of languages.
– Robocalls Are Not Covered Exhaustively
You may receive prerecorded messages if only they are of informative character. Robocalls cannot promote goods or services unless you have given a written consent.
SHOULDIANSWER community indicates robocall messages that do not provide useful information.
– Business Phone Numbers cannot be registered
The Do Not Call Registry only allows registering personal telephone numbers. The service does not block unsolicited calls between businesses B2B (business-to-business), even though there were many SMBs (small and medium businesses) applications for registration.
SHOULDIANSWER is not limited by its license terms for personal use only. The application can be downloaded to mobile phones used by private persons as well as mobile phones used by businesses.
Fax numbers are subject to different regulations, signing them up won’t do anything.
– Uncontrolled Distribution of Telephone Numbers
Anyone who would pretend to be a telemarketer could download phone numbers from the Do Not Call Registry in a plain text. Such a set of phone numbers, easy to use without any legal recourse for telemarketing overseas, is available in a few tens of dollars.
SHOULDIANSWER does not collect users’ phone numbers. Phone number rating form does not require verification; entering email address is optional, nickname use is sufficient. SHOULDIANSWER does not have any reason to share its records with any third party, moreover, SHOULDIANSWER legal terms do not allow it.
– Low Number of Sanctioned Violators
In 10 years of Do Not Call Registry existence, proceedings have been initiated against the offenders in 101 cases. This means that only 10 cases were penalized annually.
– If You Move, You Have to Reregister
If the phone number is disconnected, it is automatically removed from the Do Not Call Registry. Reconnected phone number needs to be re-registered, which means that the telemarketers have 30 days to re-enter the number in their call list.
Users who have the SHOULDIANSWER application installed do not have to make any changes when they move.
– There is no possibility to customize the service
The Do Not Call Registry applies an all-or-nothing principle. Those who registered for example cannot choose to receive telemarketing calls in some specific time, such as outside working hours.
SHOULDIASWER provides two levels of protection. One that informs about the rating of the incoming call and displays other users reviews to the call recipient so that he can decide whether to answer the call. The second protection level blocks unwanted calls directly. SHOULDIANSWER displays a history of all incoming nuisance calls; there are also many other settings available.
Organizations that you give a written permission to call, can call. Any consent replaces an entry in the Do Not Call Registry. In order the Do Not Call Registry works properly, in most cases users cannot get products offered at no charge. When signing up for free goods or services, providers often ask a permission to receive telemarketing calls.
With SHOULDIANSWER you do not have to be so cautious regarding free downloads. If you do not want to pick up telemarketing calls from companies that have your consent to call, so you simply do not. SHOULDIANSWER lets you decide whether to answer unknown phone calls already before pressing the answer button.
However, for security reasons we do not recommend to enter your personal details to any form. Fraudsters can get to you not only by phone but also by other means of communication, such as e-mail or post.
– Some Helpful Phone Calls Can Fall under Do Not Call
Some phone calls can be beneficial to their recipients, although they have the same characteristics as unsolicited phone calls. This for example includes special offers during birthday months, offers for prolonging subscriptions of broadband television or questions of whether visiting the dentist who changed the address of his office.
Consumer needs are subjective. SHOULDIANSWER does not block receiving phone calls that have been negatively rated by others. Each user can sort out those calls that are likely beneficial to him, without respecting the average given by the community.
SHOULDIANSWER solves many Do Not Call Registry drawbacks. Its ability to customize eliminates the all-or-nothing approach used in the registry. SHOULDIANSWER is free and is supported by a strong community, which created more than one hundred thousand reviews and identified tens of thousands telephone numbers as negative.
Take the advantage of our service; join the community by downloading SHOULDIANSWER at Google Play.