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Anti-cold call telephone available in France at ‘group buy’ discount

Consumer group UFC-Que Choisir has secured 11,000 Panasonic phones with an ‘effective’ screening function, which customers can buy for a discounted price

UFC-Que Choisir is inviting consumers to buy phones with an anti-cold calling device, which they can now obtain for a discounted price Pic: Reshetnikov_art / Shutterstock

French consumer group UFC-Que Choisir has highlighted a specific type of telephone which could put an end to unwanted cold calls to homes - and is offering the model for sale at a discount after buying up 11,000 of them.

It states in an article published on October 18 that: “Despite the legislative advances [we have] achieved in recent months (a ban on cold calling in relation to eco-friendly home renovations, a reinforcement of Bloctel’s powers and an increase in the fines levied on those who break the rules) sales calls [...] are still not automatically forbidden [in France].”

Read more: France: Law against phone cold calling in place from today

The consumer group therefore proposes through its subsidiary organisation SAS Que Choisir that French residents consider buying a Panasonic cordless landline phone offering an anti-cold call function “that enable [users] to block robots and/or limit incoming calls to a list of designated numbers.” 

The efficacy of this device has been confirmed by a panel of users, it says. 

To benefit from this “simple and effective” solution for a discounted price, UFC-Que Choisir suggests a group buy, and has secured 11,000 units for the purpose. 

Under this offer, the price of the phone – with delivery included – falls by around 21% to €47 or €68 for two. 

UFC-Que Choisir continues to advocate a total ban on cold calling but in the meantime, consumers can read more about the anti-cold call phone on its website

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