If, like me, you have more interesting ways to spend your time than talking to telemarketers, the “Report Spam” button in Google Voice is probably your best friend.
wouldn't it be great if the filtering could happen automatically,
before unwanted calls even reach your phone, the same way Gmail filters
spam before it gets to your inbox?
Thanks to the help of the
thousands of Google Voice users who mark calls as spam everyday—and our
own spam identification tools—it is now possible to automatically
redirect calls, texts, and voicemails from any of the numbers in our
database directly into your spam folder.
You can enable this
feature on the Calls tab of Google Voice settings by checking the box
next to Global SPAM filtering. And if a number ends up incorrectly
marked as spam, you can easily unblock it by selecting the message and
clicking the “Not Spam” button in your spam folder.
your continued help marking spammy numbers (and correcting mis-labeled
spam), we can continue to refine our filter and prevent annoying
unwanted calls from making it to other Google Voice users.
Posted by Alexander Rybak, Software Engineering Intern
From - http://googlevoiceblog.blogspot.com/2011/07/global-spam-filtering.html
most of that garbage no longer arrives in your inbox, instead making
its way to a spam folder, where it's held for a month before ending its
journey at the Google graveyard. Now, Mountain View is applying that
same concept to your Google Voice
calls, flagging unsolicited calls, texts, and voicemails, then booting
them to a spam folder. The company's servers use collected data from
other users marking similar messages as spam, as well as propriety
identification tools, to help ensure that those generic creditor or
vacation sweepstakes calls never make it to your phone. And like GMail
messages, misdirected calls can be marked as "Not Spam" from within the
Spam folder, letting them slip through the fence the next time around.
GV users can simply check the box next to "Global Spam filtering" on the
Calls tab to activate the feature, or hit up the source link for the
From - http://www.engadget.com/2011/07/12/google-voice-adds-spam-filter-lets-solicitors-get-caught-in-the/