LITTLE ROCK (KATV) -
Your telephone rings. On the other end is Publishers Clearing House. Or news that you have won a free cruise. Or maybe you're told you have a relative in jail and he needs money to get out. Or someone wants you to take part in a political poll.
Some are robocalls are scams, some are not, but to many...all of these calls are unwelcome.
There is a new, free service available called Nomorobo. It has been tested in Little Rock and although the results probably won't overwhelm you, even a few blocked robocalls is better than the status quo.
Nomorobo blocked 34% of all robocalls made to Los Angeles. 28% made to Dallas. 23% to Chicago. And 21% to New York.
How did Nomorobo do when tested in Little Rock?
The company says out of nearly 2,500 robocalls made to Little Rock numbers during the month of February, 520 were blocked. That is 21.3%...or roughly one out of every five.
Because this is new technology, you'll need new technology at home to make it work. You need Internet based VoIP...or Voiceover Internet Protocol. For example, Nomorobo will work with Verizon FiOS but not regular Verizon service. If you get your home phone service through Comcast, Time Warner or AT&T U-Verse it should work.
It doesn't work with cell phones, and it has the ability to sort out the "good" robocalls...like a school closing announcement.
To sign up or find out if your home phone service is eligible for Nomorobo, you can visit www.nomorobo.com.
Despite the national "Do Not Call" registry, the FTC still received 2.2 million complaints about robocalls.
Nomorobo hopes to put a dent into one of our biggest pet peeves.
Air date: March 10th, 2014