I’ve just finished development of my “Landlubber” service, which will protect your landlines out there! It uses a common feature called “simultaneous ring” that most modern landline providers offer. They all call it something different, but this is how it works:
- If you haven’t already done so, subscribe to the Jolly Roger Telephone Service. If you are not familiar with it, I’ll explain at the end of this announcement
- Configure your landline’s “simultaneous ring” feature to call the Jolly Roger Landlubber number at 206-259-4949
- When you get a call to your landline, your carrier will also ring Jolly Roger, and I will look up the “reputation score” of that caller-id (I’ll explain this below)
- If that caller-id is a likely telemarketer, A Jolly Roger bot will answer the call. This will stop the ringing on your landline and you can continue enjoying your meal.
- The Jolly Roger bot will chat with the telemarketer for a while. When the call is over, It will email you the recording. It’s very entertaining.
- If that caller-id is unknown or not a likely telemarketer, The Jolly Roger bot will ignore the call and you can answer it or let it go to your machine/voicemail.
WHAT WE DO: For those of you new to this service, The Jolly Roger Telephone Company provides robots that talk to telemarketers. We all know that yelling at them or hanging up on them doesn’t work. So I have robots that will keep them engaged. With this Landlubber service, it requires NO ADDITIONAL EFFORT on your part to protect a landline. The bots handle everything.
HOW WE SCORE THE CALLER: I use a service called TrueCNAM that provides a real-time reputation score of the caller-id. It’s a wonderful and complex algorithm that tells me if the caller is a likely telemarketer.
WHY JOLLY ROGER IS BETTER: Here is why Jolly Roger bots are better than any other telemarketer blocking service:
- The “autodialers” that telemarketers use get stuck when they hit a Jolly Roger bot. The machines think it’s a real person and send the call to a HUMAN agent.
- Telemarketers waste time with Jolly Roger bot for several minutes (they rarely figure out it’s a bot) so they are unable to call anyone else. Even if they do figure it out, they’re at the mercy of their autodialing machines and they’ll just get the bot again next time. It’s in THEIR BEST INTEREST to stop calling you! You don’t need to care anymore.
- You get a recording of the call, which is extremely entertaining.
- If the caller was NOT a telemarketer, you still get the message. They just chat with your bot for a few minutes.
You can hear plenty of examples of these bots in action on my YouTube channel. Or just search for “Jolly Roger Telephone Company” and you’ll find lots of audio.
To those of you already familiar with this service, I really appreciate your kind words and support. I’m just a telephone guy trying to protect your phones. I don’t have a marketing department so I can really use your help to spread the word. Please contact me at roger at jollyrogertelephone.com or via Facebook if you have any questions or comments about the service! I’m so excited to announce this Landlubber service!
If anyone out there in the UK wants to test this with a local UK number, please let me know!
Thank you everyone!
In general, how would that work to send an email to the subscriber? I thought that simultaneous ring did not send the receiving number to the secondary number, therefore there would be no way to match the receiving number to a subscriber email address.
In my case, my land line is not one of the three numbers that I subscribed with. I’m happy to buy another subscription, supporting a good cause and everything, but I would like to hear my own telemarketers.
Great question, James!
With simultaneous ring, I *do* get your telephone number too. When the call arrives, there’s something called a “diversion” header that contains your telephone number. In fact, if I don’t see a known customer in that header, I will not answer the call – I’ll just let it ring forever.
So that’s how I know that call came in for you. So yes, you get your own telemarketer recordings! I’m happy to set up another account for you to try it out. Just email me at roger at jollyrogertelephone.com and let’s try it!
Great work! Man these callers aren’t creative with their expletives. Anyways, reason I’m writing is that I heard about your Landlubbers service on your podcast and thought maybe I could get Google Voice to simul-ring. But alas, they need to verify the number by calling it and then the receiver would input a two digit code presented on the Google Verification website. Any ideas on how to get around this?
Thank you Johnny! This is an excellent question. I have found that not all carriers support the redirect header that I need to match the call to a customer. Would you be willing to test this with me? I will email you separately.