Don't you just hate it when you're enjoying a getaway in your RV and your phone keeps ringing with calls from spammers?
If it seems like we’re getting more and more of those annoying telemarketer calls, consider this: The FTC reported more than 375,000 complaints about such calls a month last year.
Fortunately, there are ways to block and screen them. On my iPhone, clicking that little “i” button on the right of a number listed under recent calls gives you the option to block any number. Just tap the “i” and scroll down to the bottom and you'll see the “Block this Caller” option.
But there are also apps that can help.
Here's my PC Mike NBC-TV report on three apps that give you a fighting chance against the nuisance calls.
RoboKiller has the ability to block calls from more than 100,000 unwanted sources. The app developers claim RoboKiller can reduce unwanted calls by up to 90 percent in 30 days. Features include real-time caller ID, while the list of spam callers is continually being updated. The app is free for iOS, though a subscription is required after an initial trial. An Android version should be available soon.
Truecaller automatically identifies spam and fraud calls before you pick up. Also with Truecaller, you can even enter any phone number to look up of the name of the caller and any other contact info. The app is free for iOS and Android, though a subscription is required after an initial trial.
Hiya Caller ID and Block is able to quickly tell you information about who is calling. With Hiya, users can create their own personalized block and allow lists, get information about who is calling in real-time – even do a reverse phone search. The app is free for iOS and Android.