It should be clear to everyone now that the caller ID of many spam calls is spoofed, and that smart spammers use neighbor spoofing. That has made the traditional Nomorobo screening almost useless. In previous forum posts on this topic, people have suggested lots of ways to penetrate spoofing, which would be great if any of them can be made to work. In the meanwhile, Nomorobo has adopted a way to stop robocalls that does not depend entirely on screening callers' IDs. What I understand is that they use Simultaneous Ring (similar to Call Forwarding) to receive calls the same time as the intended recipient, who hears one ring. Nomorobo then screens the caller IDs for whitelist, blacklist, or unknown status. For unknown calls (which could be spoofed robocalls or legitimate mass callers, like charities), they answer the call with an automated message asking the caller to enter a two-digit code. If there is a live caller who enters the code, the call is forwarded to the original number. If not, Nomorobo hangs up the call. (Nomorobo experts, please correct me if I misstate their procedures.) As a result, most robocalls ring once and die. At first, having to enter a code might be a little annoying to friends, family, doctors, and the like, but eventually all good numbers can be added to the whitelist.
Can Sonic adopt Simultaneous Ring as a feature and allow users to use this other Nomorobo procedure? I understand that this feature is a little more complicated that Call Forwarding, but it would be really appreciated as a way to stop robocalls. Thanks for considering my request.