NoMoRoBo graphic20,000 people complain to the Federal Trade Commission every month about robocalls, those annoying and persistent automated phone calls that are actually illegal but, until now, never-ending.

The FTC announced a contest last year offering $50,000 to anyone who could come up with a way to stop the calls. Today one of the co-winners, Aaron Foss, who is a software programmer, launched his new service called Nomorobo. Best of all? It’s free.

Nomorobo is currently available if your phone service is provided by: Verizon FiOS, Vonage, VoiP service with AT&T, U-verse, Cablevision Optimum, or SureWest. If your phone carrier is on their list, Nomorobo will block all those aggravating sales and political calls and you will only hear one ring.

If your service is not on the list, the website gives you a phone number to call in order to request that your provider join the list. The more people call, the sooner the carrier will consider adding the free option.

To see if the service will fit your phone service, or sign up, go to the website.

(LEARN MORE at The Columbus Republic)

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