Two problems with call blocking in Digital Voice. 1) There should be a feature so you can dial a sequence of numbers (like *86 does to access vmail) and have the caller automatically added to the block list. It seems like unnecessary work to have to do it from the call log. Which brings me to problem 2). We receive (several times a day) robo calls from 234567890. That's a nine-digit number that "add to call block" doesn't recognize as a valid number, so it won't let me add it. System should be changed to allow blocking of any call, regardless of what number those robo morons dream up.
Provide a means of blocking calls based on caller ID and community votes.
For example, suppose I get a call from one of the lower-your-credit-card-interest-rate scams. I should be able to flag that call after hanging up.
Flagging could be done in one of two ways:
1. For those who get e-mail notification of caller ID, provide a link in the message for "Report this call as fraud or scam."
2. Provide a "star code" (e.g. *61, *92, etc.) to flag the last call as fraud/scam.
After enough users flag that number, calls from that number should be blocked for anyone who has enabled community-based blocking. The fraud/scam caller should be dumped to a voice message that informs them that the Verizon subscriber has elected to block calls based on community feedback.
Provide a means of requesting removal whereby the caller has to provide actual identifiation, contact information, etc. That way, only legitimate callers, such as political campaigns, would request removal.
Details about how many votes, the time frame for the votes, how long the number stays on the phone-spam list, how to weight votes (e.g. Bob Smith, who continually flags numbers no one else does), etc. can be adjusted.
If you provided this feature, you would find a lot of very happy customers and probable no small amount of new business.
We just recently changed our phone number to a new unpublished number. Since most numbers are recycled, you are at the mercy of whomever or whatever have the previous owners' information. The previous owner of this number had multiple bad debts and apparently gave it out to everyone, their landscapng company, and their dog.
You are only allowed to block 10 specific phone numbers and you cannot block numbers that are "unavailable". Here's what I would like to see...
1. Allow more than 10 numbers in the list. I managed to fill that up a week after I enabled it.
2. Allow blocking based upon the caller ID and not only the number. I get lots of calls from "UNAVAILABE" with phone number "UNAVAILABLE". Trust me, I don't want to talk to them. I'd like to block all calls from "MONTANA", "UTAH", and "TEXAS". I don't know anyone there and I don't want to hire them to reduce my credit card rate.
3. Allow blocking of area codes or partial numbers. I want to be able to enter "(978) 685-????" or "(406) *" and limit my annoyance from these places.
4. Allow call notification and call blocking at the same time.
Call Intercept was one of the greatest calling features Verizon ever put in place. Was Verizon pressured to remove this service?
For those of you who are unaware, this is the purpose beyond Call Intercept.
Call Intercept allows you to manage your calls by screening unidentified incoming calls.
Call Intercept answers virtually all calls that do not provide a valid telephone number
(numbers that typically appear as “anonymous,” “private,” “out of area” or “unavailable” on
your Caller ID screen) before your phone rings.Callers will be told that you do not accept
unidentified calls and will be asked to record their name.If unidentified callers do not
record their name – or enter your override code – your phone will not ring.This eliminates
interruptions from unidentified callers.Recorded names allow you to hear who is calling.
You then have several call-handing options.
*Must have Caller ID service.Not available for business or rotary dial service.
How Call intercept works
Unidentified callers will hear the following announcement:
“The number you are calling has Call Intercept, a service that requires callers whose telephone
number does not appear on their Caller ID display to identify themselves before the call can
continue.At the tone, please record your name or the company you represent and then press
the pound key or simply stay on the line”
•If callers have your override code, also referred to as your PIN (see Override/PIN Code
section), they must enter it during the announcement to be connected.
•If callers record their name, the call is connected.You’ll hear ringing and callers hear:
“Thank you.Please hold.”They will then hear music until you choose how to handle the
•The ringing pattern you hear will be different from your existing ringing pattern and the
words, “Call intercept” along with the service number “1-800-527-7070”will appear on
your Caller ID screen.
•When you answer, you’ll hear the recorded name and be given the following options:
when you press: Callers hear:
1 Accept call “Thank you. Please hold.”Music, until
you answer the phone.
2 Decline the call “The person you are calling is not
3 Refuse a sales call “The person you are calling does
not accept phone solicitations.
Please add the name to your
Do Not Call list.
4 Send to Verizon Home Voice Mail* “Connecting to an answering system.”
5 Hear who is calling again Music, until you answer or
make a choice.
*You must subscribe to Verizon Home Voice Mail service to hear option4 . If no one answers the phone, the
caller is connected to your Verizon Home Voice Mail (HVM) service or your answering machine.If you do not
have either HVM or an answering machine, callers will hear: “The person you are calling is not available at
this time.Thank you.Good-bye.”
Unidentified long distance callers reaching Call Intercept will pay their normal rates for a
I strong urge VERIZON to bring back this service! The only reason that they would have abandoned this service is because of pressure from the companies who were unable to get through! I want this type of protection from Harassment for Digital Voice!
If Anyone Else Agrees please tell Verizon to bring back CALL INTERCEPT!!!!
There's a flaw with Fios telephone service. If the power goes out for a long time, you eventually won't be able to use your home phone anymore. Last year when Superstorm Sandy hit my area, I had no power for 7 days. Thank god there was no fire or any major emergency needed. What are you suppose to do when the backup battery runs of juice? They say if you push the emergency button, you will get extra 2 hours of battery. That is kind of pointless when every second during an emergency counts. I would have to run into my garage to push the button and then run to my telephone to dial 911.
If my telephone line was connected back to the old way, I would still be able to hear the dial tone. Now, its connected to Fios thing and backup battery only last about 6 to 8 hours.
I have Fios Digital Voice. With the Fios Phone Book I can sync my names with different mail service programs, with the phone book in the cloud why can't it sync my names input with Fios caller ID to have Caller ID come up on my screen, TV and Phone, with my input names for cell phones instead of showing the state. That would be a good add on for Digital voice.
I'm not sure if this issue has been previously addressed. One of the useful features for Fios Digital Voice is "Call Blocking", in order to deal with telemarketers. The problem with using FIOS's call blocking feature is that it can only be used with a full telephone # (10 digits). This method is obsolete. Telemarketers now have access to hundreds of phone #s. What is needed is a type of wildcarding where you can specify just the area code, or first 6 digits for call blocking. This would stop the telemarketers from getting through. I don't see why this would be so hard for Verizon to do. The idea of having to input 10 digits for each phone # for Call Blocking is past its time, and not keeping up with technology, which should not be the case for FIOS. .
I enable "do not disturb" on my Fios Digital Voice phone line and I then can add up to 12 phone numbers that will be "unblocked" which means they can get around "do not disturb" and ring my phone.
I do this to keep telemarketers from being able to bother me. Caller ID is no good for that purpose because it still allows telemarketers to ring my phone, interrupt me, and make me run to the caller ID to see who is calling.
In effect, I am creating a "whitelist" and only phones whose numbers are on that whitelist are able to disturb me by ringing my Verizon Digital Voice phone.
The problem is that I am only allowed to enter up to 12 phone numbers on the "unblocked" list.
Please increase that maximum from 12 to a much higher number. 100 would be more like it and more than that would be even better.
There is no way to report a phone outage online if the Verizon Troubleshooter does not work.
The following statement on the website is a lie:
"To create a new repair request, simply select the link below to begin troubleshooting. If the Verizon Troubleshooter cannot resolve your issue, you will be given an opportunity to create a repair ticket or contact our technical support team. who work to resolve the trouble with your service."
Why does Verizon publish such a statement if it doesn't work, if it is untrue?
Solve this problem!! Your IT department should have no problem inserting logic into your Troubleshooter application that presents a contact form if no results are returned by your Troubleshooter.
It looks like Verizon is seriously considering improving its Call Block feature. Here is another idea about how this could be done.
I was looking up a number on one of the websites where people trace nuisance calls and I came across mention of a service that some companies, including Cisco, are providing to their customers. It would be wonderful if Verizon would offer this.
Here is the description from PVT Telephone in New Mexico:
"The No Solicitation feature screens incoming calls between the hours of 9 am and 8 pm in your time zone. Callers hear an announcement similar to the following: “You have reached a number that does not accept solicitations. If you are a solicitor, please add this number to your do-not-call list and hang up now. Otherwise, please press 1 or stay on the line.” If the calling party is not on your priority list, they have the option of listening to the announcement or interrupting it by pressing 1 on their handset.
"You can add up to 25 directory numbers (505, 505-7XX, or 505-7xx-xxxx). Only incoming calls from these numbers are allowed to connect directly, with no announcement.
"You may review and modify the priority caller list by pressing a predefined number combination on your keypad."
And Cisco's very long and detailed description of their service is here:
Why can't your techs add a call log to the caller id menu??? Why should I have to subscribe to your digital voice and pay additional charges when I already have caller id available???? This should be a simple addition to the id menu and something you should not have to pay in addition to your already connected service-what about it out there do you agree?????