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Robocalls Curbed: A New Free Service Could Stop Unwanted Calls

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A free service could help you stop robocalls if you have the right phone carrier. A free service could help you stop robocalls if you have the right phone carrier.

Fed up with unwanted calls? We've heard from a lot of you saying you've signed up for the do not call registry but your phone just keeps ringing.

Now there's new free method to stop them. Right now it works with only a handful of phone services. But you could change that.

Most days before Janice Ray even gets to eat breakfast she hears this.

"The calls don't stop, They don't stop. They call constantly, constantly, and they do kind of slack up after a time, I do pick it up and beat it beat it beat it, stop for a while."

While we were there, we heard it too.

This month a new service launched that could stop those calls for free. It's called Nomorobo.

I spoke over Skype with the system's creator, Aaron Foss.

"These robocallers will blast out thousands or hundreds of thousands of calls all in a very tight timeframe. Millions of these calls go out every single day. And so my system has a lot of users on it and it can actually see that calling behavior, and it can actually go and flag that that is a robocaller," said Foss.

So all you get is one ring, and Nomorobo does the rest.

Foss says the service doesn't target telemarketers inside the US. That's what the Do Not Call Registry does. Instead his system curbs the calls that often come from outside the country which don't follow US law.

Nomorobo tells me the call information they collect is anonymous to protect our privacy. They say they'll never use it for advertising or marketing.

So how does the company make money? It charges business, not you and me.

The only catch.. Right now it's only available to phone providers that use what's called "simultaneous ring." That's where one call generates rings on all of your phones whether it's mobile or landline.

Those providers include:

Verizon FiOS
AT&T U-Verse
Vonage
Optimum
SureWest

Foss says the technology is possible with other providers... It's up to customers to get them to offer it.

You may be wondering how does the company make money? It charges businesses but not folks like you and me.

Ray doesn't have those providers but she's hoping with some prodding her carrier will jump on board.

In the meantime...

"Click. You know. That's the way I do," said Ray.

She's got her strategy down pat.

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