Answering Machine with white list to permit only certain callers
October 8, 2009 9:39 AM Subscribe
I would like to find a hardware answering machine that has some advanced controls to manage which incoming numbers can make the phone ring.
posted by royalchinook to technology (9 answers total)
I have an annoyances that I'd like to cut out - telemarketers calling (I went on Canada's DNC list but that made it worse because now all the spam calls are from the States); the solution I thought of would be to have all numbers that I haven't approved to go straight to voicemail without ringing the phone at all. Other callers in a "white list" would ring the phone like usual. My current answering machine does actually have a "black list" feature but the spam calls are always from a new number so it doesn't really make sense.
The other annoyance I had that I was able to solve is to have certain hours where no one can ring the phone. I solved this with the Night Mode
feature on my Panasonic phone which is awesome.
Some restrictions I have is that I'd like this to be a hardware solution instead of software because I don't want my computer running all night just to be an answering machine, I'd also like to stay away from VoIP because I've tried that previously with Vonage and found the quality and reliability to be unacceptable.