No, Call Control features patented technology that blocks only the bad callers while letting legitimate calls from your friends, family and local businesses through without callers having to enter a special code.
Call Control Home syncs to our global database via your smartphone. Bad actors are added to our list based on over a million reports a month from all over the globe. Similar to junk email, while we can’t guarantee we will block every spam call, our cloud-based algorithms quickly identify the worst offenders, dramatically reducing harassing and dangerous calls. Subscribers can also add any number instantly to their personal block list by pressing the button on top of the Home unit or via the smartphone App.
This configuration will let you install Call Control Home on a spare wall jack in your home or will help some users avoid issues with their caller ID being transmitted. When installing Call Control Home in this configuration, it’s critical that you set the blocking mode to Disconnect in the Call Control mobile app.
Option 1 – Connect Call Control Home using a splitter
You can connect Call Control Home in parallel with your home phone by using a standard RJ11 phone splitter inserted into your wall jack and then connecting your home phone into one of the ports and the included RJ11 cable into the other port and then into the Line In port on Call Control Home. Note that the To Phone port on Call Control Home will not be used.
Option 2 – Connect Call Control Home to a spare wall jack in your home or business
This configuration is super easy to setup, doesn’t require a splitter. Simply connect Call Control Home using the provided RJ11 cable to a spare wall jack in your home and then into the Line In port on Call Control Home.
Connect Call Control Home per the included instructions:
Connect the LINE port on Call Control Home to your wall jack.
Connect the PHONE port on Call Control Home to your phone.
Optional – Call Control Home also works without any phone connected, you can plug Call Control Home into a spare wall jack and it’ll block calls without a phone connected.
Setup requires a smartphone with the Call Control App installed from the App Store (iOS) or Google Play (Android).
Make sure you have the latest update of the Call Control app before you get started.
Open Call Control on your smartphone and navigate to the Call Control Home screen.
For Android, tap the settings gear to open the menu and ‘Add New Device’.
For iPhone, tap the Home icon on the bottom menu and ‘Add New Device’.
Continue to follow the instructions on the phone. The first update and synchronization will take minutes. We’re doing firmware updates, system checks, uploading the initial database and your personalization settings. Set the phone by the unit and grab some coffee.
When you’ve reached ‘Finished’, you’re done!
Robocalls and spam will be automatically blocked from calling you! If an unwanted call slips through, simply tap the top button on Call Control Home to block and report the most recent call.
Troubleshooting If the inital setup or sync doesn’t complete, try the following:
Keep your phone near the unit, less than 30 feet, during the setup process.
Exit the Call Control app and turn Bluetooth off then back on.
Unplug the power from the back of the Home unit and plug it back in.
Settings We suggest that you enable the following settings to ensure maximum protection from unwanted Robocalls:
Enable Smart Call Blocking, which is the patented technology that blocks spam calls identified by the community automatically.
Set the blocking mode to “Disconnect” which will not allow blocked callers to leave a voicemail.
Call Control tracks a massive database of known robocallers, telemarketers and other callers who other users have reported as spam. We also work with law enforcement agencies like the FCC, FTC and IRS to help block illegal robocallers and scammers.
If an incoming call matches our database, the call is blocked, otherwise calls are let through.
If you receive an unwanted call on your landline phone, simply tap the button on the top of Call Control Home to immediately block that caller. You can tap the button during the call or after the call has stopped ringing.
Using the Call Control App to Block Callers – iOS
You can block callers directly from the call log within the Call Control iOS app.
Tap the Home button in the bottom tray.
Identify the call you’d like to block.
Tap the i button to the right of the phone number and then tap Block and Report.
Using the Call Control App to Block Callers – Android
You can block callers directly from the call log within the Call Control Android app.
You can see what calls have been blocked by Call Control Home from within the Call Control App.
View Blocked Call History – iOS / iPhone
Before you get started, make sure that your iPhone has Bluetooth enabled and is within a few feet of Call Control Home to facilitate a Bluetooth connection.
Open Call Control and tap on the Home icon in the bottom menu tray. The call history of incoming calls will be displayed, with calls that have been blocked appearing in RED with a shield icon. You’ll note that the reason the call was blocked is included as a label below the name or number.
View Blocked Call History – Android
Before you get started, make sure that your Android has Bluetooth enabled and is within a few feet of Call Control Home to facilitate a Bluetooth connection.
Open Call Control and swipe the screen from left to right to reach Settings or select Settings icon, choose Call Control Home menu item. The call history of incoming calls will be displayed, with calls that have been blocked appearing in RED with a shield icon. You’ll note that the reason the call was blocked is included as a label below the name or number.
Yes. Call Control Home is designed to work with any traditional analog landline or Voice over IP (VoIP) service provider, including AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, Frontier, Time Warner, Century Link and dozens of others.
To properly identify and block incoming spam calls, Call Control Home requires Caller ID on your home phone line. Your service provider (AT&T, Verizon, BT, Comcast, etc) can help enable this service.
The ‘Update Available’ message will appear in both the iOS and Android version of the Call Control app when the app has been unable to communicate with the Call Control Home unit for a period of time. Updates will happen in the background when your mobile phone is within range of the Call Control Home unit, and this message indicates that an update is available.
If you’re seeing this message, please try the following:
Make sure the Call Control app is running on your iPhone or Android device.
Place your mobile phone within five feet of Call Control Home.
Ensure that Bluetooth is enabled in your phone settings.
Ensure that you have an active internet connection on your mobile phone.
If you’ve tried the suggestions on this page and you’re still seeing this message being displayed, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll help troubleshoot.
Call Control Home is designed so that the phone connected to it doesn’t ring when a call is blocked, though depending on the configuration of your home phone system, your phone may ring once or twice during a blocked call.