Caller has Google Fi and would like to block calls by area code. Leo says that robocalls are the bane of smartphones and studies show that by next year, up to 80% of all calls will be robocalls to cellphones. Blocking an area code is extreme, but Leo says that Google is working on a technology that will route robo calls, or require them to identify themselves. Google Voice already does that. There's also an app called PreFixer which will block a number by prefix. Another interesting app is Signal Spy, which lets you choose the network you want with Google Fi.
Using a technique called "neighbor spoofing," a Florida man is being accused of making over 96 million robo calls selling time shares in violation of FCC Do Not Call laws. The FCC has suggested a fine is in the offing, but there's no word on if the perp is going to be arrested or if the robocalls have stopped.
Jerry is using a MagicJack VOiP phone. Leo says it's very affordable at $20 a year. Jerry keeps getting telemarketer calls, though. Is there something that can block that? Leo says that telemarketers are using random dialers to call numbers, or they use lists that have been sold to them. The Feds have the DoNotCall registry, but that doesn't work for telemarketers who operate outside of the country. There isn't really a device that can block incoming unsolicited calls, but Leo advises using Google Voice.
Bruce has been getting a lot of robo calls lately on his cell phone. Leo says that's because a lot of them are coming from overseas now and they don't pay attention to the National Do Not Call registry. It's against the law to robocall cellphones. But since they're out of the country, they don't think they are bound by it. It's only going to get worse. Leo says that if he doesn't recognize the number, he just ignores it.
Larry gets calls from telemarketers all the time over his bluetooth headset. It's very annoying. The device announces he's getting a call from one of his contacts, and when he answers it, it's a "Google specialist." Leo says that it's really easy to spoof a caller ID to prevent him from knowing who's really calling. And it's unlikely they have access to Larry's contact list in order to do that. It's more likely that his Bluetooth headset is simply misassociating the incoming call with a person in his contact list because the number is close. Carrier forwarding may also be the problem.