What's this 070 number?

Introducing "PhoneSafe" Numbers

If you have ever advertised online there is a good chance you will have been pestered by canvassers at some point. Freeads now offers sellers the opportunity to eliminate this aggravation by using a 'PhoneSafe' number in place of their own telephone number.

What are the benefits of using PhoneSafe?

  • PhoneSafe blocks calls from known canvassers and leaves you free to answer queries from people genuinely interested in your ad
  • It is a free service for freeads advertisers
  • You are able to keep your phone number private

How much will it cost to use PhoneSafe?

There is no charge for advertisers who want to use PhoneSafe. Users who contact a you through PhoneSafe will be charged only a small amount more than direct calls. The charges are listed below:

  • BT landline: 51p per minute
  • Mobile Phone: calls from a mobile may be charged at £1 per minute or more

Please note that you cannot send SMS text messages to PhoneSafe numbers.

What is a canvasser?

Research has shown unsolicited contact from third parties is your single biggest irritation when advertising online. Canvassers typically trawl classified magazines and websites to contact sellers to attempt to persuade sellers to advertise with them. We recommend declining offers from canvassers, who may try to persuade you to pay to advertise elsewhere. Freeads is regularly contacted by customers who have paid money to canvassers on the promise of a number of buyers interested in their ad. On many occasions, these buyers fail to materialise.

How do I identify a canvassing call?

Canvassers search through adverts both online and in magazines looking for sellers to contact. They will typically call you feigning interest in buying your ad before attempting to persuade you to advertise elsewhere. These unsolicited calls can be extremely frequent and are a major irritation for sellers. Canvassers will often assure you they have a number of people interested in your car but often when you have signed up these buyers disappear. Freeads recommends you decline offers from canvassers as they can make the business of selling your car far more expensive. PhoneSafe can only block calls from known canvassers and the odd one might escape the system. However we continue to update the system and more canvassers are added each month.

Will PhoneSafe affect the response to my advert?

You are not going to notice any difference in the amount of genuine interest in your ad as only canvassers, not buyers, will be filtered out.

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