How to send YOUR telemarketers to this robot
When you get a call from a telemarketer and they ask something like “Mr. Jones?”, say “Oh, you want Mr. Jones? Sure hang on – he’s right here…” then, For mobile phones (iPhone/Android):
Press “add call” Dial my robot at 214-666-4321. While you’re dialing, keep chatting into your phone like you’re trying to get Mr. Jones (“yeah – phone for you”, “okay, he’s coming hang on…”, etc)
Press “Add call” or “Merge call” or “Conference” or whatever will add the robot to the conversation.
MUTE YOURSELF so your background noise doesn’t affect the conversation.
Listen to the call, and hang up when the telemarketer hangs up.
The bot is called the Jolly Roger Telephone Company, and it’s the work of Roger Anderson, a veteran of the phone industry himself who had grown tired of the repeated harassment from telemarketers and robocallers. Anderson started out by building a system that sat in front of his home landlines and would tell human callers to press a key to ring through to his actual phone line; robocallers were routed directly to an answering system. He would then white-list the numbers of humans who got through.