New Software Detects Robo Calls, Hangs Up On Prerecorded Messages Before Phone Rings


UPDATED: Wednesday April 3, 2013 4:15 PM

The government is trying to bring an end to annoying robo calls.

The Federal Trade Commission held a nationwide contest for developers to come up with a solution to end the robotic phone calls.

Two men now are splitting a $50,000 prize.

The two developed software that detects robotic calls and hangs up on prerecorded messages before the phone ever rings.

When the software detects a robo call, it prompts the caller to enter a number. If the number is not entered, the call is terminated and the number is blacklisted.

The developer now is waiting for a company to put the idea on the market.
 
The FTC gets about 200,000 complaints about robo calls each month.

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