Don't like unsolicited calls?

Charles-Henri Gros charles-henri.gros+openmoko at
Thu Feb 5 04:46:53 CET 2009

Helge Hafting wrote:
> Crane, Matthew wrote:
>> The auto-detect routines that make a human or answering machine 
>> determination before switching to an operator seem to fail consistently 
>> when answering with my openmoko phone.   I'd rather they didn't call at 
>> all, but at least when they do you don't have to listen to a sales 
>> pitch.  A very good thing for sure.
> Well, this phone is programmable. Put the unwanted numbers on a blocking 
> list, and have the FR auto-reject them without ringing.
> For something more creative, have the phone pretend to answer. It could 
> "listen" to the sales pitch. When silence is detected, pick from a pool 
> of short .wav files that say random stuff like "interesting, tell me 
> more", "could you please repeat that?", "just a 
> moment....<noises>.....where were we?", "could you take it from the 
> beginning, my aunt wants to hear about that too!"
> Obviously, such a program should update the phone log with how much 
> telemarketer time it has wasted.  And a high-score list where you can 
> see who has talked for the longest time before realizing that something 
> was wrong. :-)

Such a thing already exists.


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