Using Do Not Disturb to Curb Telemarketers

Anyone who knows me knows that I loathe telemarketers. In fact, I recently wrote about it here.

I’m not sure what made me think of it but yesterday, I reached an epiphany. It made me look a little deeper into the feature in iOS called Do Not Disturb.

Do Not Disturb in iOS 12

What I found interesting was the Allow Calls From and how it lets you decide who can call you while this feature is active. I got a call from a friend this morning so that tells me that this is working perfectly. I am allowing calls from my contact list which is exactly what I want. I won’t really know until this afternoon when telemarketing calls are abundant whether it outright blocks the calls or if they still “ring.” I’d rather them just be sent to voicemail. Maybe that feature will be in a future version? Hopefully.

I’ll keep you posted.

iPhone Wish Feature

What I want is simple. If you call me and you are not in my contact list — your call should either be dropped or sent directly to voicemail. No ringing. I should have control over that function in settings and it should be ON by default.

If you are truly trying to get in touch with me then a voicemail message will confirm that and I can add you to my contacts list.

This isn’t rocket science and the amount of telemarketing calls has sky rocketed in the past couple of years.

It has become so bad that people no longer want to answer their phones and just prefer text messages and IMs.

Telemarketing is ruining healthy communication.

Yeah, I said it.