A marketing ploy
that has recently been driven into the ground by phone companies such as Ameritech
. It claims to completely eliminate telemarketing
and private calls
by sending the caller
to a prompt
which notifies them that the customer has Privacy Manager and allows the unidentified caller to identify him/herself.
The only thing this $10/month feature really stops, however, is prank calls. If a telemarketer really wants to annoy me, he or she will leave their name and still make my phone ring.