Steve Rubenstein should be commended. He proposes that instead of slamming the phone down on telemarketers, we say three simple words, “hold on, please,” and just set the phone down until you hear that terribly loud noise that lets you know a phone is off the hook. Bravo Steve.
A solution that I have found to be quite effective is utilizing the Anonymous Call Rejection service offered by my phone company. If someone tries calling you anonymously, as telemarketers usually do, they will be forced to identify themselves before my phone even rings. If they choose not to, which they usually don’t, you never even get the call. I have noticed a dramatic difference. My phone company offers this service for free, but even if it costs you a couple of extra bucks a month, I say it’s worth it.