I know it doesn’t look like much, but here’s what makes it so special: It blocks up to 250 numbers, so the phone doesn’t even ring, and the calls go into some deep, dark abyss. (Many Panasonic phones have this feature, but some only block a few numbers, not the 250 this one can store.)
I am SO glad I finally gave in and bought it. I’ve been blocking numbers left and right for the last two weeks (opinion polls, political calls and scams coming from spoofed 800 numbers — I blocked EVERYTHING that comes from an 800 prefix!). I’m thinking this feature is going to be worth its weight in gold as the countdown to the mid-term election approaches.
I was a late adopter of caller ID, but I fell in love with it the first day I had it. I immediately stopped picking up the phone for numbers I don’t recognize, and if it’s an obvious scammer, I’ll just connect and disconnect, but even that much of an intrusion was annoying. Just hearing the phone ring is enough to break my concentration when I’m working and trying to listen to what my characters are telling me. Now that I’ve blocked the worst of the callers, the phone hardly ever rings unless it’s someone I know. Occasionally, I’ll still get an unwanted call, but at least now I don’t have to see the same number showing up several times a week — or several times a day! — in my caller ID.
I’ve been having so much fun blocking all the numbers that it’s probably going to turn out to be unhealthy for me.