Auto dialer

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An automatic dialer (auto dialer, auto-dialer, autodialer) is an electronic device or software that automatically dials telephone numbers.wikipedia
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When an autodialer plays a pre-recorded message, it is often called voice broadcasting, or robocalling.
A robocall is a phone call that uses a computerized autodialer to deliver a pre-recorded message, as if from a robot.

Voice broadcasting

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When an autodialer plays a pre-recorded message, it is often called voice broadcasting, or robocalling.
An example of the use of this technology is automated phone surveys, where professional polling organizations place automatic calls to conduct surveys.

Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991

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The Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 was signed into law, in the United States, in an effort to put restrictions on auto dialing systems.
The TCPA limits the use of automatic dialing systems, artificial or prerecorded voice messages, SMS text messages, and fax machines.


A recent trend in telemarketing is to use robocalls: automated telephone calls that use both computerized autodialers and computer-delivered pre-recorded messages in a sales pitch.

Natural predictive dialing

Natural predictive dialing has the benefits of all of the above dialing modes.
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Speed dial

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Compuspec developed the world's first line-powered dialler or Network Access Device called Zippy in 1992.

Cahaly v. LaRosa

Cahaly v. LaRosa is a lawsuit filed in federal court in 2013 that challenged South Carolina's law prohibiting most types of unsolicited consumer and political calls made by Automatic Dialing and Announcing Devices (ADAD), also known as "robocalls".

Phone fraud

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Autodialers may be used for a number of dishonest purposes, including telemarketing fraud or even as War dialing. War dialers take their name from a scene in the 1983 movie WarGames in which a 'cracker' programs a home computer to dial every number in an exchange, searching for lines with auto-answer data modems. Sequential dialing is easy to detect, pseudo-random dialing is not.

Computer telephony integration

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Dialing - Automatic dialing and computer-controlled dialing (power dial, preview dial, and predictive dial).

Hustle (company)

Because Hustle's tool is not an "automatic telephone dialing system" using a "random or sequential number generator," it avoids violating SMS regulations in the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.


In telecommunications, RS-366, later known as EIA-366, defines a standard for serial communications between computers and an auto dialer, which is used to dial telephones.

Ghost call

This is generally caused by a neglected autodialer or indirectly as a consequence of FCC restrictions applied to autodialers used for telemarketing, that restrict how long they can tie up a phone line without causing inconvenience to the receiver or blocking emergency services.

Lisa's Date with Density

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Homer witnesses the arrest and sees the discarded autodialer in a nearby trash bin.

Landel MailBug

In addition to email, the device can display and store Caller ID, and act as an electronic telephone book and autodialer.

Tornado warning

Local police or fire departments may dispatch crews not assigned to an existing emergency call to travel within a designated area to warn residents to take tornado safety precautions if sirens are disabled due to technical problems or are not present, while automated phone calls may be made to residents for the same purpose in some areas should such disruptions occur.

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Technical support scam

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Scam baiters may also attempt to lure scammers into exposing their unethical practices by leaving dummy files or malware disguised as confidential information such as credit/debit card information and passwords on a virtual machine for the scammer to attempt to steal, only to infect themselves, and utilise software to repeatedly auto dial a scam call centre, effectively paralysing operations for varying periods of time.

Ringless voicemail

Infolink argued that there was nothing illegal about it because CRTC did not have any legislation to cover ringless voice messaging, while Bell tried to label it as an Automatic Dialing and Announcing device (ADAD), including that these types of messages were used to make unsolicited calls for the purpose of solicitation.

Automatic redial

Synonym last number redial. Contrast with automatic calling unit.