You have a spam filter on your email and now you can have one on your home phone.
The new website Nomorobo which is set to go live tonight will offer a simple and free way to block those annoying – and often illegal – automated phone calls that interrupt your day.
Nomorobo, (pronounced: "no more robo") is the brainchild of Aaron Foss, a software programmer from Long Island who hates robocalls as much as you do.
"People are screaming out for a solution," he said. "I hope to make their lives a little bit better."
Nomorobo is a cloud-based solution that uses the "simultaneous ring" service (provided by some phone carriers) that allows numerous phone lines with the same number to ring at the same time.
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Sign up for the service and all of your calls also go to Nomorobo. If the call is tagged as a robocall, the computer hangs up on it before you get the second ring.
You do not need to have caller ID on your phone for this to work and the call information Nomorobo collects will be anonymous to protect clients' privacy.
Nomorobo promises that it doesn't block legal robocalls, including school closings, doctor's appointments, prescription reminders and weather advisories.
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Foss' accountant, Richard Seidel, has been beta testing the service on his home phone for about three months now. He said he's noticed a "significant reduction" in the number of robocalls.
"It's really a time-saver," Seidel told me. "These calls are a real pain and it's really a waste of time when you get interrupted by them."