how can I stop telephone sales?

how can I stop sales calls on bt land line?

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  1. OakLey46 says:

    The Telephone Preference Service (TPS) helps you to make sure your telephone number is no longer available to organisations, including charities and voluntary organisations who may telephone you with offers and information you do not wish to receive

    Under Government legislation introduced on 1st May 1999 and replaced on 11th December 2003 by the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003, it is unlawful to make unsolicited direct marketing calls to individuals who have indicated that they do not want to receive such calls.

    You can either do this by contacting companies directly and asking them not to call you or you can register with a central register – the TPS.

    Before you register however…

    You should reflect on the fact that registering may well prevent you from receiving information which you would really like to have – thereby cutting you off from relevant and worthwhile opportunities. For charities, telemarketing is an economical way to raise awareness and much needed support.

    If you are happy to receive telemarketing calls from some companies but not others, contact the companies who you do not wish to hear from and ask them to remove your details from their call lists. Registering your telephone number on TPS will stop telemarketing calls from all companies, charities and voluntary organisations not just some!

    Registration will also prevent organisations who regard you as a customer, or in the case of charities, donors from calling you again, unless you have previously told them that you have no objection to them calling you.

    Do you know you can register mobile telephone numbers?

    The Telephone Preference Service can accept the registration of mobile telephone numbers, however it is important to note that this will prevent the receipt of live marketing voice calls but not SMS (text) messages. This is because under the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2004 it is unlawful to send an unsolicited sales and marketing text message. Telemarketing companies who send SMS messages need your prior permission. There is no obligation therefore for companies sending SMS messages to people who have agreed to receive them, to screen against the TPS file. If you wish to stop receiving SMS marketing messages, please send an ‘opt-out’ request to the company involved. The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) is responsible for the enforcement of these regulations. Please click on the useful links page for their details.

    The Call Prevention Registry (CPR) can ensure your telephone number is no longer available to organisations, including charities & voluntary organisations.

    By registering your telephone number, companies who telephone you with offers and sales calls, will no longer be able to do so.

  2. Terri A says:

    I usually tell them I already have the product/service from them that they are trying to sell. They have no idea.

  3. TRACEY R says:

    ring bt but there is a number to call cos we did it and now we get no calls like that

  4. mesmerized says:

    Phone and ask for the " telephone preference service". Once you are registered with them you will get no calls, and anyone who does get through will not call once you explain you are registered with telephone preference service.

  5. mexchick316 says:

    Easy Call 888-382-1222 It will put your # on a do not call list f 5 years.

  6. Ken S says:

    get in touch with the better business bureau and ask them what you should do to stop annoying telephone sales

  7. Sue says:

    From the BT website:
    If you have a BT phone in the UK, you can opt to join BT Privacy (yes, it’s free), by going to or by phoning (UK) 0800 916 5544 or 0800 121 8000.

  8. scorpiosativa says:

    Ask them to remove your phone number from their call list. I don’t think this applies to telephone surveys though.

  9. Chris UK says:

    In the UK – register with The Telephone Preference Service (TPS):

  10. brock says:

    go to the site
    do not call and have your number removed. Believe you have to update it every year.
    On the unavailable calls or anom calls, some phone companys offer privacy manager to block them. Or, Radio Shack sales a device to attach to your phone to block them.
    I know, the sales are a pain in the butt! Especially around election time..

  11. snowangels09 says:

    get "privacy manager" on your phone. it makes people announce themselves and then you get to decide whether to take the call b4 they ever hear your voice. costs about 5.00mth in the midwest. in the alternative, you can get "anon call rejection" as a feature on your line. cheaper, but only knocks out about half the calls.

    get on your states, and the federal, "do not call" list. and when you are forced to enter a phone number for shopping online, b4 you enter your own, try just your own area code, then 123-4567. this usually works for me to allow the sale to go thru.

    good luck!

  12. Mags says:

    When they start to talk just put down the phone or say "not interested" .

  13. PAUL H says:

    If you are in the UK, ring the telephone preference service on 0800 398893. It takes a week or so to before it works, but stops all those telesales calls.

  14. dawn669961 says:

    the bt services that stops these calls does not always work.get rid of your land line costs to much anyway,keep to a Mobile. or you could do what the female does on the advert tea. when you answer the phone and it is sales people say.MY LINE IS BUSY AT THE MOMENT,PLEASE STAY ON HOLD .YOUR IS CALL IS IMPORTANT TO ME.THEN PLAY SOME CHEESY MUSIC. AND WALK AWAY.

  15. Dav says:

    You can get a service called "anonymous caller blocking"

  16. middenmaker says:

    I am on the BT system, but it does not always work. Calls from India and the USA get through, telling me I have won a holiday etc. I bought an phone/answerphone which I leave on all the time. My telephone has three ringing tones. I have programmed friends and family to play a different tune, the third is left. If the third rings I ignore it and wait for the answer phone to come on, they never answer it, so problem solved.

  17. Mark Anthony P says:

    Tell them to shag off and put the phone down

  18. sarah c says:

    beleive me i have tried everything, i was averaging 17 telesales call a day and it was driving me mad especially becase i worked at night and was in during the day, i aventully went ex directory and changed number and never had one since and now when someone asks for my telephone number i give them the old one!!

  19. Mike C says:

    When you answer the call, tell the caller to hold the line.. You just carry on watching TV or doing the washing up.. After a while, you’ll hear the standard BT line tone.. They’ll soon give up as it costs them to make the call in the first place..

  20. pianojono says:

    Register with the Telephone Preference Service. Ask the operator for the number.

  21. Clint says:

    don’t buy

  22. Roger Vadim *SMILE* says:

    this will stop it….the minute you plug it in!!!!!!

  23. slipper says:

    When you get a call say" Hold the line for a moment" and don’t go back to the phone until it starts beeping. This will hold the line up on the other end and they will definitely not ring you again because they are loosing time and money.

  24. Baps . says:

    Either say that this is a work number (you could be working late at the office) or my old time favourite say that, that person died 2 days ago in a road accident…NEVER FAILS!!

  25. troydowning says:

    My neighbor would keep a coach’s whistle by her telephone.

    When she got a sales call, before she hung up on the caller, she would blow the whistle for about 5 seconds as loud as she could.

    She swears that this works.

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