What The National Do Not Call Registry Doesn't Want You To Know

What Really Is the Do Not Call List?

At a first visit to the National Do Not Call Registry website, the Do Not Call List sounds like it could be a helpful tool to keep telemarketers and spammers from calling you. The website claims that once you have listed your number on the registry, spammers and telemarketers should not be able to call you after your number has been registered for 31 days. With that being said, telemarketers and spammers might still call you, but you can file a complaint against them on the Do Not Call Registry website.

While at a first glance, the Do Not Call List appears simple to use and quite helpful, however we see several potential flaws in this system just from its website home page alone. For one thing, the amount of time it takes for your phone number to be registered on the list is 31 days. This means that during those 31 days, you are still vulnerable to receiving calls from telemarketers and spammers and there is nothing you can do to stop them. We believe that once you want a call blocked, it should happen instantly - not after a whole month has passed by. Secondly, the website advises you to file a complaint against spammers and telemarketers that call you after your number has been successfully registered on the Do Not Call List. In other words, even a successful registration on the Do Not Call List does not guarantee that calls from spammers and telemarketers will not stop. This is a huge problem because after waiting a month to be placed on the National Do Not Call List, you definitely want to see that it works.

How Does the Do Not Call List Work?

While the front page of the Do Not Call List makes the process of registering with them sound easy, it actually takes a lot more than just inputting your phone number into their list. One of the biggest misconceptions of the registry is that most people think they can easily tell a telemarketer to put their number on the Do Not Call List and they're set. Unfortunately, it doesn't work that way. For a number to be placed on the registry, it needs to be manually entered on their website along with other personal information. A telemarketer has thousands of phone numbers they need to call every day. They definitely won't be taking any time out to register your number for you. Even more so, the Do Not Call List requires you to list your email address as well. And once you input your phone number and email address and submit your information to the registry, you have to wait for them to email you with a final confirmation step to complete your registration. And you MUST confirm your registration within 72 hours or it won't be completed. In other words, the process of registering your number with the National Do Not Call List takes more than just a few clicks. It actually takes several days to register and a month for your registration to be completed.

So what happens to your number after its been registered? According to their website, once your number has been registered with the Do Not Call List, you will still receive unwanted calls which you can file a complaint on the Do Not Call List website. And the Do Not Call List only stops sales calls. You can and will still receive debt collection, informational, and phone survey calls. They also admit that you will still receive unwanted calls because of "technology" that makes it easy for scammers to make illegal calls. Well, we think the Do Not Call List just hasn't developed the right technology to keep scammers from contacting you - which is why we've developed our own.

Why YouMail Works Better Than The Do Not Call List

At YouMail, we take blocking telemarketers, spammers, and robocallers seriously and have developed technology that will successfully and automatically keep them from contacting you. Our Smart Blocking feature works simpler and faster than The Do Not Call List. No more waiting for 31 days to register your number or having to deal with spammers you thought would stop calling you. When you block a number with YouMail Smart Blocking, we will prevent the spammer or telemarketer from allowing your phone to ring by sending them straight to voicemail and then playing them a "disconnected tone" to confuse them into thinking your number is out of service and remove your number from their list. We then immediately end their call so they will not be able to leave you a voicemail. YouMail also keeps a directory of over 250 million phone numbers that our users have submitted themselves. We take into account the numbers that our users have identified as spammers as well as our own algorithm that detects spam numbers based on the amount of outgoing calls it makes in a day. With this combined information, we automatically block their calls for you and for the rest of our millions of users so that these spammers are unable to reach you before they even try to.

Our blocking process is enacted instantly and in the cases of the phone numbers we block automatically, takes no effort on your part. You can block numbers manually and feel confident that you won't receive calls from this number again. Registering your phone number on The Do Not Call List is a lengthy and tedious process and it still can't guarantee that spammers will stop calling you. In fact, they readily admit that you will still receive spam and telemarketing calls. Our Smart Blocking feature works automatically and effectively. When it comes to protecting our users against telemarketers and unwanted callers, we make sure it happens fast and works every time. If you're ready to stop telemarketers for good, try Smart Blocking today.

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