Telephone Preference Service.

  The Kestrel 16:15 20 Jan 12
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I begin to wonder whether there is any benefit in still being registered with the telephone preference service (TPS). There has been a marked increase over the last year of unsolicited calls from British companies with call centres in the UK to my phone. I have just had a call from a company who clean ovens, who when told they should not be cold calling my number simply hung up. Has anyone else noticed this increase in calls and has anyone found a successful way of preventing them?

  interzone55 17:05 20 Jan 12

Start taking names of all companies who call you, then report them to Ofcom.

Many on this forum swear by trueCall http://www.truecall.co.uk/ but I've never used it as we don't get many unsolicited calls

  onthelimit1 17:48 20 Jan 12

Since I registered with this service 3 yrs ago, I've not had a single cold call (touching wood, just in case that's put the mockers on it!).

  T0SH 18:52 20 Jan 12

The TPS is a very much a toothless dragon, since its inception (Pre 2004 that I know of), there has never been any UK cold call company prosecuted for ignoring the requirements to search their database before calls are placed

Cheers HC

  morddwyd 19:53 20 Jan 12

Last time I mentioned TPS to a cold calling company I was told "Oh, we don't belong to that."

I am one of those who swear by TrueCall. Not one unsolicited/unwanted call in more than two years (from two or three every evening).

  Condom 00:15 21 Jan 12

My phone shows me that I'm receiving an International Call, so I practice my very best Peter Sellers Indian Accent and completely baffle them. They normally hang up on me after a minute or two. Doesn't stop them of course. UK ones I simply say I only deal with reputable companies, and when they try to tell me they are I then say well then you would know we are registered with the TPA and you shouldn't be calling us and hang up. Still doesn't stop them but it is a bit of fun.

  SparkyJack 10:12 21 Jan 12

I am TPS registered and have sent the occasional report, It seems not to work with outside UK calls however

So now I simply do not respond to any 'cold' call

Say nary a word- simply hang up

  Forum Editor 13:39 21 Jan 12

"Say nary a word- simply hang up"

Which is by far the most sensible approach.

  Blackhat 15:36 21 Jan 12

Call barring has worked for me for many years; it won’t connect a call from a withheld number. Most call centres use a withheld number so they won’t get connected. It costs me £1 per month and I am happy to pay as it has stopped almost all of what was previously a weekly barrage of calls.

I can also turn it off and on anytime. This part of my Virgin package.

  SparkyJack 16:54 21 Jan 12

EEE I am chuffed

FE your response to my

"Say nary a word- simply hang up"

Has cheered me up since the couple of times have commented on something I wrote got me a flea in my ear.

  SparkyJack 17:02 21 Jan 12

Everso slightly off topic

Condom commented of his caller display facility. My land line phone says in its little hand book it too can do this though I not so far get it to work So I wonder is it 'generic' hand book for many models or is it something I have to sign up to at the service supplier?

Also when I made a couple of calls recently- there was no answer or any answer machine/service

Yet each called back as their kit showed them I had called.

One instance was a landline number another a mobile So is it in the kit or do they sign up for it or is it both?

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