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Those born after a certain point have the pleasure of not being familiar with terms like “caller ID,” “speed dial,” and “star-69.” No longer are these features counted among selling points for phone service as they once were. Call screening used to be something you’d take extra steps for; it was something not everyone had access to. It became a premium extra that one could add to their monthly phone service. For a time, it was even something that had its own device, separate from the phone itself!

The very notion of “call screening” went from being something individuals opted to do out of personal preference to something built into our everyday technology. In the modern age, we can successfully see the number of an incoming call on cell phones, all but immediately. So that means annoying and unwanted calls aren’t an issue anymore, right? Unfortunately not. 

The problem of spam calls and unwanted texts and phone…

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