We’re on the ‘Do Not Call’ List, but is it enough?

On September 30, the Government of Canada opened the virtual gates to a list that many people wanted to get on – the ‘Do Not Call’ list. I’m sure you can tell from the name, but I’ll explain it anyway. It’s the list you want to be on, if you want to cease receiving those annoying calls from telemarketers. But even on the day of the release, it has seemed like a failure.

First, their website crashed – a few hours1 after they opened the website to the public, their server(s)2 were overloaded with the insane number of people that wanted to get on this list. Surely, a sign that there’s a problem but there hasn’t been much broohaha over it. Well, I’d like to list my ‘broohaha’ right here. Here are some more ‘issues’ I have with this list:

Next, we find out that there are exceptions to the list. People conducting surveys, charities, companies with whom you have an existing service – all these people can still call you even if you are on the do not call list. And I’m not sure if he was lying, though I would sincerely hope not, Kevin Frankish mentioned on Breakfast Television that he had already received a call from someone saying they were conducting a survey but towards the end of the conversation that same person was trying to sell him something based on the answers he provided in the ‘survey’.

What I don’t understand is, why they’re even introducing the list in the first place – the obviously understand that there’s a problem and that many, many people don’t want these calls coming to their house during dinner time. So why not pass a by-law to prevent them from being able to do so? I know companies pay a lot of money to employ these people to bother us, and it must work on some level or it wouldn’t still haunting us at every meal we try to enjoy with our families. But I haven’t met a single person that says, they enjoy getting these calls. I haven’t even met a single person that says they don’t mind them.

Lastly, there’s an expiration date – after you ‘successfully’ register for the list you’re greeted with this page:

What am I missing? How can we get rid of these annoying phone calls once and for all?

  1. or maybe even less – I wasn’t keeping track[]
  2. I don’t know how many they had[]

responses to “We’re on the ‘Do Not Call’ List, but is it enough?” 12

  1. @Jack: lol I agree with your conspiracy theory! And to think we pay so much for our phone plans – all to have them sell our number to ‘third party partners’!!

  2. @fragileheart – Thanks. 🙂 And I agree. We really shouldn’t have to screen like this, just to avoid unwanted phone calls, geeze!

    The nice thing about the cell is that all the calls from people I know pop up with their name since they’re in my address book to begin with. I guess caller ID on a landline functions much the same way if it has the name function opt in.

    On the other hand, I swear to God my cell phone provider sells my # to these people in the first place, because after changing my # not too long ago, I started getting more calls immediately. Brand new number – only family had it at that point because I hadn’t circulated it yet. Insane, but it’s just a conspiracy theory, lol.

    I guess it’s a toss up. I don’t miss the land line any, but if you remember being fond of having just your cell back in Ireland, I don’t suppose it’s out of the question that you may end up leaving the landline behind sometime in the future. (Not that it helps of course, case in point, my cell phone woes :P)

    Anyway, it’s frustrating all around, for so many. You can’t escape unwanted solicitation anywhere these days, eh?

  3. @Jack: Welcome! I’m sorry to hear that.. its terrible that we can’t even answer our own phones whenever someone rings us. We have to check and make sure its someone we actually want to talk to. I guess ditching the landline is a pretty good way to go – I know I liked it better when all I had was a cell phone (in Ireland).

  4. I received more nonsense calls after signing up with a similar service here in the USA than before I bothered, lol.

    Thankfully I don’t even own a landline anymore, just a cell, so I always have caller ID. Even though the #’s are almost always spoofed, I just screen my calls and type the # (spoofed or not) into google and every single time there’s been a hit on one of those phone # websites where people can post complaints under any given number.

    They always turn up the same for me: a bunch of people reporting strange phone calls under that number from some kind of a scam service or marketing pest.

    Screening is really the only way to deal with it, in my case. Incredibly annoying…

  5. @trench: You’re so lucky… maybe I should move to Guam LOL

    @Carol: LOL I try but sometimes the contests are too good to pass up! Then again, its not like I’ve ever won.

  6. There are only three things I’ve found helpful:
    1) answer the phone and, as soon as they identify their purpose, request to be immediately removed from their calling list.
    2) do not answer (caller ID, right?). Eventually, they will cease calling.
    3) Do not EVER give out your phone number unless you know their privacy policy is solid.

    The marketing firms exchange/sell their lists to each other. So, if you get on the list for the extended warranty ones, you’ll also get on the list for the debt reduction ones and they life insurance ones and…

    I hate ’em, too.

    Carols latest..Sticky Post!

  7. @Kelly: We have so many phones in the house – and they’re all cordless and we’re all very forgetful so turning the ringer off means we’ll forget to turn it back on lol

    @Haley: I know, but we’re not millionaires and the people calling have to understand that and I’m sure they do or they wouldn’t be working as an outbound calling agent for a charity right? Don’t worry about it hun {{{hug}}}

    @Michael: *sigh* I just don’t understand why it still exists!?! No body likes getting the calls at work, and no body even likes making the calls because those jobs have high turnover… I don’t get it!

    @Monique: Yes, turning the phone off is a must – we should really get into the habit of doing it or at least have one of the handsets beside us at dinner so we can just turn it off as soon as it rings LOL

  8. Since signing up for the DNC list my phone rings more now than ever. It’s very very annoying so I just turn my phone off which makes me a very happy girl.

    Moniques latest..There Isn’t Enough Lysol In The World

  9. US has the same thing, and it’s quite useless mainly because you need Caller ID to identify and report them, not to mention they can easily spoof CIDs nowadays using VoIP.

  10. The rules for your DNC list sound similar to the rules for the list in the U.S. It’s made a tremendous difference. The only annoying calls I get now are the charities. I hate answering their calls. No, I don’t want to help your worthy cause. I have other worthy causes that I already support. Makes me feel heartless.

    haleyhughess latest..Doodle Pride

  11. We’ve had the DNC list in the US for several years now. People I don’t want calling me still call. I probably don’t get as many calls, but I don’t know that for certain. I have stopped answering the phone unless the caller ID clearly identifies the caller as someone I know and have a desire to converse with.

    I even turned the ringer off on the phone. No one bothers my meals any more. 🙂

    Kellys latest..Flipper

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