How to Stop Nuisance Calls - Call Blocking Phones Buying Guide

Call Blocking Phones Buying Guide

If you’re considering a cordless phone with call blocking, it is useful to consider the various types of nuisance calls. Find out which are problematic for you, and find a phone that will help you put an end to them for good.

Types of Nuisance Calls

Live Marketing Calls

When someone calls to try and sell you something. Recorded message calls – is….you’ve guessed it… when you answer the phone to a recorded message.

Silent or Abandoned Calls

These types of calls occur when equipment is used that generates calls and no staff are available when the call is connected.

Scam Phone Calls

Each year millions of consumers fall victim to scams.

Threatening or Abusive Calls

Whether from people you know or from strangers are a criminal offence should be reported to the police.

3 things you need to know about call blocking

1. You need Caller ID for call blocking to work

In order for your phone to block nuisance calls it needs to be able to identify the calls to your landline, which is why you need a subscription to Caller ID/Caller Display with your line provider (check with your service provider for details).

2. Call blocking is not the same on all phones

Phones with nuisance call blocking typically enable you to block certain types of calls (eg. international, withheld, anonymous), which account for a large proportion of unsolicited calls.

3. You can block calls from specific numbers

Some phones only allow you to block incoming calls from specific numbers, so if Caller ID is withheld or unavailable then you won’t be protected.

The best brands for blocking unwanted calls

Not all cordless phones are made equal when it comes to protecting your home from nuisance calls. Some brands fare better than others and this is our selection (based on our own tests, independent reviews from the likes of Which?, and customer feedback) of the best out there:

1. BT

They were one of the first manufacturers to introduce advanced call blocking features to their phones, and are number 1 on our list for the variety of models with Call Blocking and their effectiveness. Most BT phones also come with a Do Not Disturb feature, which means you can program the handset not to ring at certain times of the day (or night) so you can be sure there will be no unwelcome disturbances (and can set VIP privileges so those most important to you can always get through).

2. Gigaset

Gigaset are experts at what they do, so it was no surprise that their first DECT phone with Nuisance Call Blocking was the crowd-pleasing, Which? recommended Best Buy, and one of our favourites – the C620A.

3. Panasonic

The majority of Panasonic cordless phones benefit from a Call Barring feature, which allows you to block incoming calls from up to 30 specific numbers. There most recent DECT phones include Panasonic’s Nuisance Call Block, which also enables you to prevent unwanted calls from anonymous, withheld or international numbers.


We hope this buying guide has given you a clear starting point on how to find the right call blocking cordless phone for you. For information on more specific cordless phones to stop nuisance calls select from one of the Buying Guides below or start shopping for Cordless Phones now.