What it is: Robocalls involve a never-ending barrage of calls from scammers and businesses who call your smartphone number.
Anyone who has a smartphone knows the problem of robocalls, scammers, and sales people constantly calling your smartphone. How do these people get your smartphone number? Most likely they get it from someone inside your phone company, selling phone numbers to phone spammers. Any time you type your smartphone number into an online form, you can be certain that company will sell your phone number to third-parties phone spammers as well.
So be careful who you give your smartphone number out to. Yet, this still won’t stop people inside a phone company form selling your phone number to others, so one solution is to simply block calls one by one when you answer them and realize they’re a scam. A more dramatic option is to simply allow only calls from people in your contact list. This risks blocking calls from other people who may need to reach you, such as someone calling from another person’s phone because their own smartphone died or got lost.
In between, there are options to pay for screening services, often sold by the phone company (surprise!) or by third-parties. If robocallers constantly annoy you, paying for a screening service might be an option.
Getting annoying phone calls is similar to getting spam in your email account. You can’t avoid it without creating barriers that risk screening out legitimate contacts. So find a way to deal with robocallers that you like best. It may be a free option, it may be a paid option, but no matter what you choose, make sure it works for you and keeps robocallers at bay so you can use your smartphone the way you expect to use it without constant distractions everyday.