Call blocking is important for any business coping with the nuisance and time waste caused by solicitation and telemarketing calls. Call blocking can also apply for outbound calls to prevent employees from abusing the company's phone resources.
The simplest call blocking is set up by specific numbers you define in Telebroad's admin protal. It helps you get rid of unwanted repeat offenders originating from the same numbers. More advanced choices allow you to block calls from entire area codes, prefixes, or number sets (minimum 6 digits).
Call blocking can be applied for the entire inbound traffic as a whole, or on a per-user basis.
For inbound calls, you can also sign up to the National Do Not Call Registry, making it illegal for some telemarketers to call you. After you register your number, telemarketers have 31 days to stop calling you. Afterwards they are subject to heavy fines if they keep calling you on the number you registered.
You can track outbound calls enter select numbers in the admin portal, blocking unwanted outbound calls. Furthermore, can choose to block all costly outbound international calls or directory assistance calls (411).
Call filtering is a more advanced type of call blocking where calls are blocked according to specific rules. It allows for schedules setups where the filtering applies only on certain hours or days. This can be useful, for example, if different shifts or workers deal with different area codes or countries.
Call filtering rules can also let some calls be accepted in situations where otherwise regular call blocking would have applied. For example when an incoming number already exists in a user's address book, call filtering would allow it even if the area code for the number is blocked.
By combining several rules you can create lists of approved numbers that meet certain criteria to make sure you don't to lose potential clients from certain area codes or markets. Rules can be prioritized, emphasizing some over others, to create complex filtering scenarios.
Lastly, different rules can have different routing options where instead of actually blocking a call you route it to a certain destination — a voicemail, a specialized agent, or the automatic attendant.