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With this simple trick, telemarketers will think your phone is disconnected and will (hopefully) stop calling you. We seem to have had success with this so far, so go ahead and try it! All you will need is a computer with speakers (preferably near your phone).

Step 1: Get the "Phone Disconnected" Message

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Go to this link. Find the "Disconnected number" sound (.wav file) and save it to your desktop. If you need help with either of these, see the pictures.

Step 2: When a Telemarketer Calls...

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Now, you need to wait for a telemarketer (or someone else you don't want to hear from anymore) to call you. When they do, get ready to act. This is what you need to do:

1. Make sure everyone and everything in the room is quiet.
2. Make sure your computer is not playing any audio. This does NOT mean that you should mute or turn down your speakers, you will need to use them.
3. Double-click the file on your desktop. While it is loading, go ahead and answer the phone.
4. When the file starts playing, hold the phone up to the computer's speakers. Set the audio to loop or repeat. That way, you will not need to click play every time.
5. While you are doing this, listen to the phone.
6. When you hear loud, obnoxious beeping, the caller has hung up. You can hang up the phone and close the media player.

At this point, the caller probably thinks your phone line is disconnected. They should eventually remove you from their list and stop calling you. That's a simple way to stop sales calls. If this works for you, be sure to tell everyone in the comments, and thanks for reading this.
 
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hit on them even if they are the same sex as you or not
on second thought it might not work for females to hit on the telemarketer but it works great when i do it and im a male
jfeuling3 years ago
As a former telemarketer (please don't say any thing, I needed the money and have already taken enough abuse for it), I can say that if you do it right it will work 100% of the time. Most of the time they are only half paying attention until a voice comes on. The second a disconnected starts most will terminate the call and move on to the other few hundred calls they have to do.
....hang up on them in mid-sentence.... ....ask them for their home phone number so you can return their call while they are trying to eat dinner..... .....start speaking a different language....swear at them in German or something until they hang up..... ....just start asking them random questions about themselves..... ....go on a rant while explaining something that happened that day..... ....try and get them to give you relationship advice.....
also if they are trying to sell u somthing then try to sell them somthing
TrpJim cody7774 years ago
I did this just the other day..told the Dude that I had a big sale going and wanted to get him in on the deal!  He finally said that this was a marketing business & I said so is mine that I wanted to sell him something or anyone else at his work place.......on & on...not giving up until he begged to remove my number from their list..I also asked for his home phone to call him when he got off!  got pretty funny before I let him loose!!
 say no to everything they ask, almost couldn't stop laughing when they hung up,

him:can i ask some questions?
me :no
him:it's just a few questions...
me :no
him:that wasn't a question
me :no
etc
Act like you have worked at their company, then ask them how it has changed and carry on a VERY long conversation till they give up and try to get away!
plzhelp5 years ago
It sounds too American for an Australian phone....
app05 years ago
I don't remember, But Venta (ventafax.ru) apps can play sounds directly to the phone line using your modem
alexh1995 (author)  app05 years ago
If you can set that up, it's even better! Then, you don't have to make sure that the room's quiet and everything.
app0 alexh19955 years ago
but there's no phone ads in Russia.
chrisbaker5 years ago
Automate it: record this sound on your answering machine before the outgoing message. I've read (but can't confirm) that some auto-dialers will detect this sound & remove your number from their database.
tastyklean5 years ago
in the uk, phone your operator (BT 100 NTL/VIRGIN 150) ask about the preferece list, its free to join and takes 30 days to activate but no one should ring afterwards. or ask about the silent caller list for recorded messages
alexh1995 (author)  tastyklean5 years ago
I assume that that's similar to the "Do Not Call" list here in the U.S.
Yep, it's full name is the "Telephone preference service", but "Do not call" ame sounds more appropriate... :D
temp5 years ago
Another way is to say "just one second" then walk away for a few hours. =O

alexh1995 (author)  temp5 years ago
I wonder how long they actually stay on... Anyways, that's pretty good too.