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(or any other landline)
Calls to a Home Phone

For landlines (must have the “conference call” or “three way calling” service)

  1. This will take several seconds and the caller will not hear anything.  They are accustomed to the “endless hold” prank so it’s not likely they will wait very long. Your mileage will vary. So say something convincing so they’ll hold for a moment.
  2. Press “Flash” or just flash the hookswitch like call-waiting
  3. Dial your favorite robot (see the 'Pick a Robot' page). Depending upon your phone company, you may be able to immediately press flash again. Some carriers will require the second leg to actually connect first. But my robot doesn’t ring so you should hear “hello?” quickly. Also, some VoIP carriers will connect faster if you put a # at the end. You should practice this procedure before you have a telemarketer!
  4. Press MUTE on your phone. If you don’t have a mute button then stay quiet. Any background noise will affect the robot.
  5. If you have it, press SPEAKER so you can set the phone down and continue with your life.
Calls to a Mobile Phone (regular subscription)

For mobile phones (iPhone/Android):

  1. Press “add call”
  2. Dial your favorite robot (see the 'Pick a Robot' page). 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)
  3. Press “Add call” or “Merge call” or “Conference” or whatever will add the robot to the conversation.
  4. MUTE YOURSELF so your background noise doesn’t affect the conversation.
  5. Listen to the call, and hang up when the telemarketer hangs up.
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