TeleZapper TZ 900


TeleZapper TZ 900
Product TeleZapper TZ 900
Manufacturer Privacy Technologies
ASIN B00006881R
List Price $39.99
Price $7.00
Used Price $19.99
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Product Description
When you’ve had your dinner interrupted by a telemarketer one too many times, treat your phone line and yourself to the Telezapper TZ 900. It’s a simple, one-time-cost solution to the problem of annoying telemarketing calls. Based on the enormously popular classic Telezapper, the newer Telezapper TZ 900 offers the advantages of a slimmer profile, built-in battery power, and an advanced three-tone mode.

Here’s how it works: Given that more than 90 percent of telemarketing calls are placed with computer assistance, when either you or your answering machine answers the phone, the Telezapper emits a special tone that tells the computer your number has been permanently disconnected. Telemarketing companies that use automated dialing systems typically remove disconnected numbers from their calling lists, and as your phone number is eliminated from more and more telemarketing lists, you’ll notice fewer calls. Of course, not all telemarketers use predictive dialing systems, and those that do will undoubtedly continue their work to evade the Telezapper, but it can be a partial solution.

Most predictive dialing systems will be fooled by the Telezapper’s standard single tone. However, for newer dialing systems (presumably designed in response to the success of the previous Telezapper model), the TZ 900 offers an advance three-tone mode. To change the mode, unscrew and remove the protective case and then slide a recessed switch. (We suggest that Privacy Technologies put the switch on the outside for their next model.)

For the most part, regular callers are unaffected by the Telezapper, but it may “zap” calls from other organizations that use the same predictive dialing technology (such as charities, pollsters, and automated emergency weather systems) and from callers who use certain types of calling cards. (For more information, click FAQ, or frequently asked questions, in the left navigation bar.)

Installation takes seconds. Just plug the Telezapper into your phone line and your phone into the Telezapper. It’s that simple. A built-in lithium-ion battery provides power and will likely last for the lifetime of the unit. The Telezapper includes a phone cord and instructions. Privacy Technologies backs the device with a one-year warranty. –Mike Brown

Pros

  • Reduces telemarketing calls placed by predictive dialing systems
  • Doesn’t interfere with most normal calls
  • Inexpensive, one-time-cost solution
  • Extremely easy to install and use

Cons

  • May “zap” some desired calls
  • Annoying beep every time the receiver is lifted

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  1. #1 by Thomas E. Clark on March 21, 2009 - 8:51 am

    Got the Tele-Zapper II as a desperate attempt to reduce the junk calls we get. And yes we have been on the Do-Not-Call registry since it first came out.

    We continue to get a half dozen junk call a day and have had the Tele-Zapper for about three weeks.

    It may have worked on a few that we are not aware of (Is that you that’s not calling when the phone doesn’t ring?); but it does not seem like it.

    We suspect that the junk callers have figured out how to circumvent the Tele-Zapper’s functions – but have no way to confirm this.

  2. #2 by Robert Means on March 23, 2009 - 2:39 pm

    This amazing little device works! It was easy to install, and doesn’t even have to be connected to your telephone. Just plug it into an available phone jack anywhere. Use the three tone advanced feature to foil telemarketers from sidestepping the old one tone disconnect method. If there are any problems, the manufacturer has excellent support staff. In all, the TeleZapper TZ900 is easy to use, effective, and lasts for up to seven years on one battery.

  3. #3 by LoneStar on April 24, 2009 - 1:47 am

    Ordered the Telezapper because we were getting an inordinate number of annoying calls from all sorts of lowlifes when we moved to our new home. It’s super simple to set up and use. Open the package, switch the control to “advanced”, plug it into any telephone jack, check for the tone and you’re in business.

    Though this product concept is more than five years old, it has begun to show it may still have some power to reduce the number of intrusions. At the least, it annoys the hell out of the callers who do and do not use predictive dialers because all they get from us is three beeps and silence. Since they’re paid on contacts/sales/collections/identity theft, it’s their time and nickel.

    If you order the product, the first thing to do when you receive it is to replace the battery. Most of these units have been sitting around gathering dust for several years. Give it new juice and you’re good to go. Be patient with the process. New predictive dialers are equipped to overlook the three beep tone initially. However, if they get them repeatedly, they seem to keep score and kick your number out of the system. Not a bad buy for the (now reasonable) Amazon price. Just one more weapon in the consumer’s arsenal.

  4. #4 by Henry F. Watkins Sr. on June 18, 2009 - 6:21 am

    I PURCHSEAD A TELEZAPPER AND A TELEBOUNCER TB-1000 . I ALLED ABOUT THE TELEZAPPER NOT WORKING , WAS THE BATTERY WAS PROBABLY DEAD , BECAUSE THEY HAD BEEN ON THE SHELF FOR SO LONG .

    WAS ALSO THAT THEY DID NOT WORK ANYHOW BECAUSE TELEMARKERTERS HAD FOUND A WAY AROUND THEM .
    THE TELEBLOCKER SEEMEED TO WORK AT FIRST , BUT THEN I FOUND THAT IT WAS BLOCKING ALL CALLS THEN WOULD NOT EVEN GIVE ME A DIAL TONE TO DIAL OUT MYSELF .
    NEED TO RETURN BOTH PRODUCTS , BUT EVERY ONE SEEMS TO
    HAVE ” DISAPPEARED” .SEEM TO BE STUCK WITH BAD EQUIPMENT PAID ABOUT $ 100 .. FOR BOTH .

  5. #5 by Elizabeth A. Paradis on July 1, 2009 - 10:16 pm

    Great product, it really does help stop those 800 calls, since I’ve used it I don’t get the 800 calls any more. I used to get them every day, several times a day. Wow, I was suprized but it really works!!

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