Paul's Phone Page
I am kind of a phone geek and I maintain this page with links to
the coolest phone stuff I learn about.
|See the IVR Cheat Sheet - tips to
bypass phone systems to quickly find a human
Guaranteed Steps to End Telemarketing
If you hate telemarketers, these three things will end them.
Service ($4.95/month) and you will see a huge decrease in calls.
Yeah, it sucks that you have to pay for this!
Intercept ($5/month) to your caller ID service. If someone
calls you from a blocked line, it requires they announce themselves.
In practice, telemarketers (who always call from blocked lines) just
hang up when asked to identify themselves, since they know you won't
(cf privacycall device.)
- Add yourself to the new
National Do Not Call Registry.
I'm not sure when this will be completely effective. I've had some
readers claim that adding your info to this list will result in your
getting unsolicited calls from charities, since they are exempt
from honoring this list. :(
Paul's Phone Links
- Here is my proposal for
cell phone quiet zones.
- Here I Am is a new utility Paul
is designing to auto-program your call forwarding based on
which PC you are using.
- Skype is now the giant
in VOIP; they were recently purchased for a scorching $2.4 billion
- Other VOIP:
- The evolution of
(800-870-9999 home or 800-941-9900 business) and
- AT&T Wireless
- Blackberry notes
pda phones QuickBase tracks the very best pda phones
available today; see also
- Infone was the best
411 for your cell phone, 89 cents vs. $1.50, with lots more features.
But as of 14dec05 they are closed. I've heard that
1-800-free-411 is free, although
it has ads. :(
- Tellme has a cool IVR system
at 800-555-TELL, for traffic, weather, sports, etc.
- I like the Linx Communications and
Wildfire business phone answering services.
- A neat corporate service is the Parlance
Forward allows you to remotely change the
forwarding on your phone; from other phones call 888-294-1618 to
setup or redirect. Or from your phone,
72# to enable or 73# to disable.
- Rates. I used to like
but they have screwed me over recently (wiped out two $20
cards after one call each, and then having their customer
support team look up my account, acknowledge mistake, claim
to fix, but not fix) so I'm now trying
which seem simpler. See also
Here is info about
and here is more info from
- For country codes, see
- For international travel, see
nytimes article, which suggests buying a world phone from
a place such as
- Toll free numbers from
- 1-700-555-4141 identifies your current long distance
provider; 1-(area code)-700-4141 identifies your regional
toll call provider.
says they can trace blocked calls to you!
- Finally a place to complain about
for your cell phone.
- Click and Clack
say that driving while
talking has the same accident rate as driving while drunk. Do you
believe them? I certainly think the hands-free kits are missing the
point. My analysis: when you are talking with someone who is
sitting with you in your car, you can stop talking and ignore them when
a situation arises that needs your full attention (they can see it
too, and they can notice your attention focus), but if you are
talking to someone on a cell phone, your (sometimes subconscious)
desire to be polite actually stops you from putting full attention
on the road. Update 08jul02: here is an article which says the
- Do you remember all the furor about the
chip? Some folks in the US government wanted to put an encryption
chip in all the phones used by government agencies and their
subcontractors, with its encryption crackable only by the government.
From a technology perspective, I never understood the issue here. Let
the government put weak encryption on all my communication channels if
they want, I'll layer my own encryption on top of theirs when I want
to be secretive.
- Cells phones on trains are
- Reverse number lookup,
else just type a phone number into
- PhoneSpell is fun,
although I can't believe the author wants donations to support this;
it would take maybe half an hour to implement this in Perl.
- Junk faxes. Why doesn't some fax service provider have a
"this is junk" button on their web ui, so when you get a junk fax
(very common), it reports it and bans that sender at the same time. If
you know of such a provider, let me know.
See more about this here.
::updated Wed 09-Aug-2006 1:42 PM::