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Craig | 15/09/2015
Nuisance calls are one of the most infuriating things about owning a landline phone.
That moment you pick up the ringing phone to hear the grating sound of an overly enthusiastic telemarketer...
Those automated messages about some non-existent personal injury. There isn’t even a human on the other end of the line to unleash your frustration on!
Enter the age of the Call Blocker Phone...
...in this post we’ve listed the Top 5 Best Call Blocker Phones of the year that can help stop nuisance calls for good!
We tested all of the phones on this list for Call Blocking and took into consideration customer feedback, customer reviews, number of returns, and included a brief summary of each phone.
The Gigaset Premium C570A is the Best Call Blocker Phone of the year! A stylish new home phone with exceptional sound quality, a full duplex HD loudspeaker, answering machine, and (of course) call blocking. You can block up to 15 specific numbers by adding them to the blacklist. The C570A also provides Anonymous Call Blocking to prevent calls from withheld and anonymous numbers. Since the vast majority of nuisance calls come from anonymous numbers, this can help to cut out a huge proportion of such calls. And the time control setting allows you to silence the ringer for certain periods of the day except for your VIP contacts. While it may not be able to block as many individual numbers as BT phones, the build and sound quality are far superior, hence its higher position on our list. The C570A has a received glowing customer reviews, and comes with a 2-year warranty.
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Next on our list has identical Call Blocking features to our No.1. The Gigaset Premium E370A is the perfect call blocking phone for an elderly relative with big buttons, larger font and amplified volume. In addition to the advanced call blocking features, the E370A also boasts an SOS emergency call feature. The perfect call blocker phone for an elderly relative it is easy to use, is extra loud, and reliable.
The BT Advanced Call Blocker Phone features BT’s award winning call blocking (powered by trueCall). You can add numbers to a blacklist, block calls from anonymous numbers. It also features BT Call Guardian, which acts as your own personal call screener. This is a great phone for call blocking but missed out on the top spot due to average sound quality, range, and customer reviews.
The Panasonic KX-TGH260 Link2Mobile features Panasonic Nuisance Call Block. This allows you to block single numbers, a range of numbers, and reject calls from withheld or anonymous callers. A great all-round home phone that offers comprehensive protection against unwanted calls. Further benefits of the Panasonic KX-TGH260 include the Link2Mobile function so that you can pair your mobile to your landline.
The most stylish call blocking phone on our list is the Gigaset SL450A GO - Black Edition. A luxury cordless phone for landline and VoIP with a genuine metal frame and charging cradle. It features all the same advanced call blocking features as the No.1 on our list: blacklist, anonymous call silencing, and Do Not Disturb with VIP mode.
Different manufacturers can refer to the same Call Blocking features in different ways. Generally speaking, there are a few categories call blocking features fall into. They are:
Blacklists (sometimes referred to as Call Barring) is often one of the most effective Call Blocking features. After a number is added to a blacklist any incoming calls from that number is blocked. Your telephone won’t ring and the call will not be registered. This can be great for persistent nuisance callers but the process of blacklisting can be quite manual and won’t work against anonymous or withheld numbers.
This is like the Blacklist or Call Barring feature but instead of blocking a specific number you would block a specific range of numbers e.g. an area code. This can be a useful option for mitigating certain types of nuisance calls.
Sometimes referred to as "Block Calls by Type" this is a block which can be enabled to block any calls from withheld or anonymous numbers. Very useful to have if you receive harassing phone calls or telemarketers using withheld numbers or other anonymous caller techniques.
Many Call Blocker Phones include "Do Not Disturb" or "Night Mode". Gigaset have started referring to this feature in their manuals as "Time Controlled Call Silencing". Whilst this is not call blocking per se, it can be a useful way of getting rid of nuisance calls or having your phone disabled once you've had enough for the day. Some devices have the ability to schedule Night Mode to automatically block calls during a specified period except for contact in your phonebook who have been assigned VIP status.
This jewel in the crown for BT’s Premium Call Blocker Phones. Essentially Call Guardian works as an automated Call Screening service. The BT handset will answer incoming calls from unknown or withheld numbers and ask the caller to announce their name. Only then will the phone ring and when you answer the recording will be played and you can decide whether to accept the call, block it, or send it to the answering machine.
With the features listed above, most have the toolkit they need to block out the majority of nuisance calls. This can be everything from unwanted solicitors, harassing debtors, and annoying phone calls of all varieties. Anonymous Blocking and Range Blocking features can often be the double-whammy which throws telemarketers out of your phone receive for good, and with the help of Blacklists and Night Mode you can make sure you never have to take an unwanted call at off-hours or from an undesirable person.
It used to be that all you had to do to put an end to irritating sales calls was register your number with the Telephone Preference Service (TPS) to stop nuisance calls. This is still worth doing (you can do this here) but as TPS only deals with live sales and marketing calls, the best way to prevent all nuisance calls is with a Call Blocker Phone. You can save yourself some time by opting for one of the tried and tested models in our Top 5 or shop the full range.
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And if you're interested in taking your action further the independent consumer group Which? are currently running a campaign "Calling Time on Nuisance Calls & Texts"
This entry was posted in Advice, General and tagged gigaset, panasonic, BT, Call Blocking on 15/09/2015 by Craig.