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Phone blocks 80% of unwanted calls

A landline phone blocking up to 80% of unwanted calls is on sale after figures suggested almost three-quarters of householders get unsolicited offers.

BT said the phone lets customers block international, withheld and specific numbers to stop the majority of unsolicited calls, including PPI claim firms and cold marketing which often originate overseas.

It follows recent Ofcom figures that found 71% of people had received live marketing calls on their landline in the previous six months despite facilities including the Telephone Preference Service (TPS).

BT said it received more than 50,000 complaints to their nuisance calls advice line every month.

TPS blocks unsolicited calls from the UK or UK-based companies, but it is unable to block international calls.

The BT6500 and 6510 phones also come with parental controls allowing outgoing calls to premium, international and mobile numbers - among others - to be blocked.

Consumer division managing director John Petter said BT takes nuisance calls "very seriously" and is working with Ofcom and industry and consumer groups to tackle the issue.

He said: "We know from talking to our customers that nuisance calls cause huge frustration and even anxiety at times. When people feel as though they are being harassed in their own homes they need to be able to take action and block the offending callers.

"The BT6500 puts the customer in control of the types of call they receive. We believe this phone gives customers the peace of mind that when the phone rings it should be someone they want to speak to."

The phones are on sale from 44.99.

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