Testing Call Blockers V5 & V6 with Ooma Telo

Ooma Voip service offers a premium service that features call blocking service.  However, the cost of this service is ~$10 per month, so a lot of people want to be able to buy one of our call blockers to save this recurrent cost.

After reading some reviews in Amazon from customers saying that our call blockers (CT-CID803V5.0 or the Version 6 units) do not work with the Ooma Telo modems, we decided to test it.

We tested our call blockers using an Ooma Telo part number 110-0119-502.

CT-CID803 V5.0 connected in series with Ooma modem and handset

CT-CID803 V5.0 connected in series with Ooma modem and handset

Initial testing (8-15-2016):   
We plugged-in a CT-CID803V5.0 unit as shown in the photo below, and followed the following tests steps:

First called using a cell phone.  The call started ringing, then pressed the BLACKLIST button on the call blocker.  the call stopped ringing.  The call blocker showed “Success”.

Then called again a few times using the cell and the calls got disconnected.  First time we called we heard a ring before the call was disconnected, after the second calls, no more rings were heard!

Next, we wanted to test calling from a different phone number to make sure the (non-blocked) calls were still getting thru.
So, we used a second phone line (Vonage) to call the Oomam line.  RESULTS:  Success!  All other calls from all other phone numbers were ringing normal.

Next, we wanted to remove the cell number from the BLACKLIST so that we could start answering calls again.  To do this, we pressed the BLACKLIST button, then use the scroll button to find the cell number, then pressed the “REMOVE” button to remove it.
NOTE:  A very common mistake we see users to all the time is that they try to remove numbers from the BLACKLIST, but failed to first press the BLACKLIST button to get into the BLACKLIST.
After successfully removing the cell number form the BLACKLIST, we were able to resume answering calls on the Ooma line.

We repeated the same tests using the Number Blocker Version 6.0 as shown in the photo below.

Number Blocker V6.0 connected in series with Ooma modem and handset

Number Blocker V6.0 connected in series with Ooma modem and handset

All initial tests were a success concluding that any of our call blockers (V5 or V6) work well with the Ooma Telo devices.

Further testing using the CT-CID803 V5.0 (8-1-2016):  After additional testing we discovered that after a few hours, the Ooma line started disconnecting ALL incoming when using the Version 5 unit.  This happened as soon as a number was entered into the BLACKLIST.
Solution:  We were able to resolve this issue for the CT-CID803 Version 5 units using a 1K ohm patch cord between the Ooma and the call blocker as shown below (parallel setup).  A parallel setup is recommended if you wish to continue reading the caller id on your handsets.  Usually you will hear 1 ring on blocked calls before these are disconnected.  The Series setup also works fine, but it will stop showing the caller id info on your handsets for incoming calls.

CT-CID803 V5.0 connected in parallel with Ooma modem and handset - using a special patch cord (1k-ohm) going to the call blocker.

CT-CID803 V5.0 connected in parallel with Ooma modem and handset – using a special patch cord (1k-ohm) going to the LINE on call blocker.

Further testing using the V6 units (Number Blocker & Landline):

Again, after a few hours, the Ooma line started disconnecting ALL incoming when using the Version 6 units; both Landline and the Number Blocker.
Solution:  We were able to resolve this issue for the Landline Version 6 unit using a 1K ohm patch cord between the Ooma and the call blocker as shown below.  parallel setup is recommend to continue reading the caller id info on your handsets.

However, the patch cord did not help resolve this issue for the Number Blocker Version 6.  We reported this issue to our factory and the engineers are currently looking for a way to solve this issue.  We will keep you posted with our progress.  So, if you ordered a Number Blocker version 6 unit recently and you have Ooma, please contact our team to get a replaced with a Version 5 unit with a 1K-ohn patch cord.

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Landline Call Blocker V6.0 connected in parallel with Ooma modem and handset – using a special patch cord (1k-ohm) going to the LINE on call blocker.

About the 1K-ohm patch cord:
As shown in the concept diagram below, the special patch cord consist of two 1,000 ohm resistors connected in series.

RJ11-patch-cord-with-1K-resistorsIf you consider yourself an electronics handyman, you can easily build this special patch cord using two (2) 1,000 Ohm resistors (1/2w or 1/4w).  Connect one in series with the tip (red wire) and the other resistor on the ring (Green wire).  You can find these resistors in your local electronics store e.g. Radioshack.
If you need help this, please contact us.

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T-Lock/Phone Defense (Version 5.0) ranked # 4

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Pro Call Blocker N2 ranked # 5
This Pro Call Blocker (also sold as SoulBay PCID01B-SB) is a highly functional, low-cost call blocker that gets the job done. Not only will it block unwanted calls on your landline, but it can also be hooked up to a fax machine to prevent unwanted faxes from wasting your paper.
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Landline Call Blocker (Version 6) ranked #7

The Lanline Blocker L09-XL features a large 5″ x 3″ LCD display with a blue backlight that has 4 different levels of brightness, so it is easily viewed at night or during the day. It conveniently works with VoIP services as well as landlines.
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Is your Number Registered in the “Do Not Call List”? … But you are still getting calls.

If you registered your phone number(s) on the “Do Not Call” registry, and continue to get unwanted calls. Chances are that the calls you are getting are from one of these 2 sources:

1) You are getting calls from scam artists and/or delinquents — these are criminals and out-laws who use any excuse to go after your money.

2) You are getting calls from entities that the “Do Not Call” law do not apply.  These include charities, non-profit surveys, politicians, etc.

Fortunately, the T-Lock Call Blocker allow consumers to block any phone numbers from any of the above sources.

Here is a very interesting article about the most common complaints reported by victims who have their number registered on the “Do Not Call” registry.
http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/your-top-5-questions-about-unwanted-calls-and-national-do-not-call-registry

Ref: National Do Not Call Registry

T-Lock Call Blocker – A Simple & Affordable Solution to Protect Your Home Phoneline Against Rising IRS Imposter Calls & Other Phone Scams

t-lock-video2A recent publication by the Federal Trade Commission confirms that IRS imposters calls are on the rise.  Recent stats show an increase of 2,300 Percent within the last year (from 2013 to 2014).  IRS imposters and identity theft are the two main phone scams reported by victims in the US.

This is why it’s highly recommended that consumers consider protecting their phone lines with a T-Lock call blocker device.  This is an easy to setup (simply plug-in to existing phone line & start blocking unwanted numbers by simply pressing a button.  It can block up to 1,500 phone calls and fax numbers. It can also block entire area codes and prefixes.

Scam artists target mainly elders (65 and older) and other vulnerable  groups in the US population such as the Hispanic community and undocumented families.  If you live in the USA, even if you register your phone number with the ‘Do Not Call’ list (a US government sponsored program), you will not be 100% protected against scams and annoying calls. “We receive several e-mails and phone calls daily from homeowners seeking for an effective solution to protect their phone line against unwanted and scam calls.” says Alfredo Purrinos, former NASA engineer and President of Hi Q Telecom Inc. “Most complains about getting hammered with several unwanted phone calls each day, even though they have their numbers registered in the ‘Do Not Call’ list”.

In today’s market many telemarketing and scammers use automated dialing services (called robocalls). These services use many phone numbers, this is why you need a call blocker device with a large capacity that can block numbers. There are other call blocker products available in the market but most can only block 100 numbers or less.

The T-Lock Call Blocker requires the caller id service to be active on the phone line in order to work properly. It is line powered, which mean that it does not require batteries or an external power supply, and uses a technology called EEPROM (Erasable Electronically Programmable Read Only Memory) which allows it to retain the stored blocked numbers even if you disconnect it from the phone line.

Learn more about the T-Lock call blocker

 

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Give the Gift of “Peace and Quiet” with the new T-Lock Call Blocker – an Effective and Affordable Solution to Block Unwanted Calls

fatherdHas your Dad or Mom complaint about getting non-stop annoying phone calls?  If so, they are not alone! US consumers, especially elders, are the main target to an increasing number of unsolicited telemarketing activities, including illegal robocalls, and several phone scams and frauds. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the number of phone-related fraud and scams complains have increased 2600% in the last 10 years (from 150,000 to 4,000,000).

Fortunately, there is an effective and affordable solution available in the market to help consumers protect their phone lines and significantly reduce the number of unwanted calls.  This product is called the T-Lock Call Blocker; an easy-to-use device sold by hqtelecom.com, that can block up to 1,500 unwanted phone numbers and area codes.

In the United States, even if you register your phone number with the government sponsored ‘Do Not Call’ list program, consumers still continue to receive unwanted calls, mainly from illegal telemarketing companies, scam artists, charities, politicians, and many others.  “It’s very rewarding to be able to help homeowners restore peace and quiet in their homes” says Alfredo Purrinos, former NASA engineer and factory’s sole distributor for the T-Lock Call Blocker product in the USA. “Many are getting hammered by unwanted phone calls each day, even after registering their phone numbers with the ‘Do Not Call’ list”.

Why is the T-Lock Call Blocker the best solution available in the market?  The T-Lock Call Blocker is the only device in the market with the capacity to store and block 1,500 phone numbers.  Many of the companies using automated telemarketing services are constantly changing their phone numbers, consumers need a call blocker device with a large capacity that can block several hundred numbers.  There are similar products and services presently available however they can only block 100 numbers or less.  There are many other features that make this product highly effective to help cut down on unwanted nuisance calls.  Please refer to http://hqtelecom.com/callblocker for complete details.