Blocking Phones & Caller ID

If you want to know how to block a number on iPhone from calling you then your in the right place.  There are some things to know about how blocking works and what sort of ability you actually have when it comes to the iPhone and it’s capabilities.  I am sure your on the site because either your being bothered by someone whether it’s a boyfriend that won’t leave you alone, or a crazy ex-girlfriend that wants you back.  Whatever your reason for want to block your number your in the right place.  Let’s first examine a few posibilities.

How to Block a Number on the iPhone

There are some prerequisites here.  Some of these methods for blocking a phone number from calling you on the iPhone are not easy to configure and does take some more advanced novice users to get them to work.  However, if you have the patience and time then the more advanced ways to block a phone number can be all yours.

  1. If you have a jailbroke iPhone then there is an app called iBlacklist that will give you the ability to put a filter on incoming calls and text messages or SMS as you will.
  2. Another option for some of your who don’t have a jailbroken iPhone is to actually not block the call.  However, instead assign a ringtone to the caller which is silent.  This way you won’t be bothered by the initial call and hopefully it won’t disturb you.

There is also additional blocking for the iPhone at the provider level.  Some providers may charge a fee for the service of blocking a number and some will offer with the basic plans.  Depending on the carrier you use will depend on what sort of features you have available to you for blocking incoming and outgoing calls made from the iPhone.  The iPhone is a great device and is state of the art when it comes to smartphone functions.  However, there are still some features which it could use and that is the ability to block a number on the iPhone natively without having to jail break the phone and violate the apple terms.  Having the ability to block phone calls already built into the iPhone would give customers a new level of power and control when they are harassed by people and companies who abuse the phone system.

It seems that a salesman or telemarketers will use just about any scheme in the book to try and disguise themselves.  They will try to sell you the latest and greatest credit card, vacuums, or decrease your home interests rate.  Most people get a phone call about this.  However, it has becoming increasingly popular to contact people via text message and push the sale this way.  It has become so popular that many people are starting to become annoyed by getting solicited via text message for something they have either never heard of or do not want in the first place.

In addition there doesn’t seem to be a clear and easy way to remove your number from these lists.  This is why knowing How to Block a Text on iPhone is popular.  If you have an iPhone and want to know what your options are regarding blocking text messages this is the place for you.  SMS message are part of how we communicate with our iPhones, but getting spammy text message are not something that is appeals to us.  So let’s take a look at how blocking a text message on my iPhone comes into play and applys.

Woman Receiving Spam On Her iPhone

Woman Receiving Spam On Her iPhone

Preventing Text Spam on AT&T
When you receive an unsolicited text message or SMS message then you are being targeted.  You are the person who the sellers want to leverage something from you.  According to some of the large phone carriers a majority of these types of text message originate on the internet and not from another iPhone or cell phone.  It is possible to send a text message using an email account directly to your iPhone.  This is how a majority of spam text messages originate.  ATT for instance provides some blocking options for blocking text messages on your iPhone.  This is a free blocking service from ATT.  Here are some of those blocking options:

  • Email delivery control: The blocking option you have are ‘Block all text messages sent to you as email’ and/or ‘Block all multimedia messages sent to you as email‘.
  • Mobile number control:This option blocks messages sent to your number at MOBILENUMBER@txt.att.net and MOBILENUMBER@mms.att.net. You can still get messages sent to your alias.  If you want to set your alias, go to the Message Options page.  If you are signed up for alerts from AT&T or another company, and if you choose Block for mobile number control, you should update your email address on the third-party web site to include this new alias.
AT&T Blocking Options for iPhone

ATT Blocking Options for iPhone

 

Allow List

This option will allow you to add an email address or domain address which WILL NOT be blocked.  This tool is to be used as the exception to allow certain SMS text messages through the block on the iPhone.  This would be the spot where you might want to put in the number of your friends and family which you want to actually get the text message allowed on your iPhone.  The people you put in the Allow List would be allowed through and able to send you a text message on your iPhone.  Between the Allow List and the Block List which we will cover next you are allowed up to 250 email address or domain names which are allowed to send text messages to your iPhone.

Block List

This is the email address or list of domain names which you do not want to allow to your iPhone via the SMS text message feature the.  When you are receive spam or unwanted text message or unsolicited SMS message on your iPhone then this is where you want to enter that domain name or email address to block.  Remember these are email address or domain names your going to be blocking.  This is not entering a number.  This is how to block a text on iPhone which a text message is sent via text through the email system.  The 250 email address or domain name limit also applies to this list as well.  With the Allow List and the Block List there is a total of 250 email address you can choose to either block or allow.

Block text message on Verizon iPhone

To block a text message on a Verizon iPhone you will need to use the Verizon Safeguards feature.  This will allow you to block both a text message and block a phone number getting to your iPhone.  Unsolicited text message can be annoying or creepy depending on how you want to look at it.  The Verizon Safeguards feature will help you block them from ever even getting to your iPhone and you can focus on what is most important to you.  Not being bugged by unwanted text messages.  Within the account you will see a tab called Internet Spam Blocking.  You will be allowed to add up to 15 different email address which would be blocked from sending text or SMS message to your iPhone.  There are a couple more options you can block all text messages from the web.  This would be anyone trying to send you a text message via an email address and not a phone or another iPhone.  The other option is to block all text messages from the web.  This would be block text from website forms sending texts.

How to configure the Verizon Safeguards to Block Text Messages on iPhone

  1. Go vsw.com from your computer or iPhone.
  2. Once you log-in under the My Account page you will see a section that says “I Want To”.  From here you can choose many options.  However we would like to choose the Block Calls & Messages.
  3. Block Text Messages on Verizon
  4. If you want to block spam from another mobile number then:
    1. From here you will go to the Call & Message blocking page.  You will be allowed to add up to 5 phone numbers to block on iPhone.  Once you add these phone number you will not longer be able to receive text message or SMS message from these number.  These number will now be blocked by Verizon and the text messages will no longer be sent to your iPhone from Verizon’s data center.
  5. If you want to block spam from an email address or web address then:
    1. From here you will be directed to the Internet Spam Blocking page.  This will allow you to enter up to 15 different email address or website domain which you would like to block text messages from.  If you add a domain name such as domain.com you will no longer be able to receive text messages from domain.com.  Although you probably aren’t receiving text message from domain.com on your iPhone.  Keep this in mind when adding blocking.

Block a text message with Sprint iPhone

With Sprint there are a couple different ways to block a text message.  Having many options for blocking and making it convenient to setup is a nice feature of Sprint’s.

Block or allow text message from iPhone

To block a text message directly from your iPhone simply send Sprint some text messages with what you want to block.  This is utilizing the short code technology so it won’t look like a regular number your sending messages to.

Text the Following Command to 9999 on iPhone Resulting Action Response Text Sent
Back to the Customer
block <shortcode> Blocks messages to and from the specified shortcode and removes it from the allow list SprintFreeMsg: Text messages to and from “XXXXX” are now blocked.
block <mdn> Blocks messages to and from the specified MDN and removes it from the allow list SprintFreeMsg: Text messages from and to “XXXXX” are now blocked.
block <user@domain> Blocks messages to and from the specified email address and removes it from the allow list SprintFreeMsg: Text messages from and to “XXXXX” are now blocked.
block <@domain> Blocks messages to and from the specified domain and removes it from the allow list. SprintFreeMsg: Text messages to and from “XXXXX” are now blocked.
block email Blocks message to and from email. SprintFreeMsg: Text messages to and from all email addresses are now blocked.
blocklist (block list has entries in list) Makes the block list the active list and issues the list command SprintFreeMsg: n blocked sender/receivers: “XXXXX” “YYYYY” “ZZZZ” …
blocklist (block list has no entries in list) Makes the block list the active list and issues the list command SprintFreeMsg: You have no blocked senders/receivers. All text messages will be allowed.
blist (block list has entries in list) Makes the block list the active list and issues the list command SprintFreeMsg: n blocked sender/receivers: “XXXXX” “YYYYY” “ZZZZ” …
allow <shortcode> Adds shortcode to the allow list and removes it from the block list SprintFreeMsg: Text messages to and from “XXXXX” are now allowed.
allow <mdn> Adds MDN to the allow list and removes it from the block list SprintFreeMsg: Text messages to and from “XXXXX” are now allowed.
allow <user@domain> Adds email address to the allow list and removes it from the block list SprintFreeMsg: Text messages to and from “XXXXX” are now allowed.
allow <@domain> Adds domain to the allow list and removes it from the block list SprintFreeMsg: Text messages to and from “XXXXX” are now allowed.
allow email Removes block on email SprintFreeMsg: Text messages to and from all email addresses are now allowed.
allow all Removes all items from the block list SprintFreeMsg: All text messages are now allowed.
allowlist (allow list has entries in list) Makes the allow list the active list and issues the list command SprintFreeMsg: n allowed sender/receivers: “XXXXX” “YYYYY” “ZZZZ” …
allowlist (allow list has no entries in list) Makes the allow list the active list and issues the list command SprintFreeMsg: You have no allowed senders/receivers. All text messages will be blocked.
list (block list has entries) Lists all block list entries.Note: List only provides the entries to the block list regardless of which list is active SprintFreeMsg: There are “n” senders on your block list. All these senders will be blocked: “XXXXXXX” “YYYYYYY” “ZZZZZZZ”…
list (block list is empty) Sends message stating block list is empty SprintFreeMsg: You have no blocked senders/receivers. All text messages will be allowed.
spam <shortcode> Provides shortcode to be investigated for spam and blocks shortcode SprintFreeMsg: Thanks for reporting spam sent by “XXXXXX.”
SprintFreeMsg: Text messages to and from “XXXXXX” are now blocked.
spam <mdn> Provides MDN to be investigated for spam and blocks MDN SprintFreeMsg: Thanks for reporting spam sent by “XXXXXX.”
SprintFreeMsg: Text messages to and from “XXXXXX” are now blocked.
spam <user@domain> Provides email address to be investigated for spam and blocks email address SprintFreeMsg: Thanks for reporting spam sent by “XXXXXX.”
SprintFreeMsg: Text messages to and from “XXXXXX” are now blocked.

Complete list here

Block my Ex

So there could be many reasons why you are on this blog post.  One of which you are trying to find out how to block your ex girlfriend or boyfriend from text you.  Well, pretty much the only way to do it is through a technology through your phone provider.  The iPhone doesn’t come with any stock options to block a phone call or a text message.  In order to use apps in the app store which actually do have this feature on your phone you need to Jailbreak the iPhone in order to take advantage of these applications.

iBlacklist app

If you have a jail broken phone then you have a few more options when it comes to phone blocking.  There is an app which you can purchase called iBlacklist.  This application will allow you to block and allow incoming calls right on the iPhone.  This similar to what you would do on the websites of many of the carriers except your doing it on your phone.

Pysl app

This is an open source application to install on your iPhone.  Remember you still need to have a jail broke phone.  Some of the features include:

  • Black List
  • Call Filtering
  • Filter Hidden Callers

So assuming your have Verizon service for your phone and you want to learn how to block my number Verizon.  Using the Verizon provider isn’t all that much differant than any other provider when it comes to blocking my number.  The phone system actually works the same from provider to provider.  Presuming what you are trying to do is block your caller ID on your verizon phone from showing up on the person you are actually calling.  There is actually a pretty simple way to do this.

*67 – Will stop your number from being passed on through to the person you are trying to call.  First you must dial the *67 on your Verizon phone.  Then before hitting the send button on your phone, dial the number you would like to call.  It will look like a long jumbo list of numbers.  Since the phone will probably not format the number neatly like it usually with area code and number next.

On your Verizon phone click send and make your phone call.  You should know that this trick will block your number from being displaying on the other persons phone.  It will not be blocked on public networks or emergency networks such as 911 or poison control.  It will also not be block on toll free number such as 800 or 866 number. 

In addition even though it appears your number is being blocked.  This phone call is still traceable by the phone company.  I would advice not to do anything stupid with this information.  As it is still tracable.  The other person could still request either their phone provider for the information who called them or they could request it from Verizon.

Knowing how to block a number when you call someone is useful information when want to block your number for whatever reason.  There are a plethura of reasons you might want to block your number.  You may be calling something who is harrasing you and you have recently changed your number and you do not want them to know what your new number.  You may be calling a company who you don’t want to have your number.  For example if you call them and ask them a questions about a particular product.  Well if they see your number on their caller ID they will now have you on their contact list of people who might be interested in purchasing whatever you inquired about.

Whatever the reason is for blocking your number when you call someone their are ways to do it.  The way you block your number will depend on acouple of things.  If you are trying to do this from a landline phone or you are trying to do it from a mobile phone.  The way you go about blocking the number may be slightly differant.  However, the concept of not showing your number to the person who you are trying to call is still the same.

If you are trying to block a mobile phone then you might want to check out the *67 options.  In addition to the *67 options for blocking a single number there are additional options which you might have available to you from your carrier.  Depending on which carrier you have Verizon, Sprint, ATT, T-Mobile you may have to pay a small fee to have the service enabled on your account.  However, some do offer it for free depending on what you have on your plan.  If you have blocking features then you may be able to do it directly from the web interface of the carrier you have the mobile phone with which you want to block the number on.

If you are trying to block your number on a landline phone then the options are slightly differant than what you would use on a mobile phone.  Well…Not really they are actually pretty much the same.  Except how you would go about configuring them might be slightly differant.  You still have the options for the *67 options when dialing a single number.  You also have the ability to call the landline provider and ask them to block your number for all outgoing calls.  When this is enabled you will then need to utilized the *82 options when dialing a number so that your number will be shown up on caller ID of the people who you want to see that you are calling.

If you choose to block all your outgoing calls.  You may not get ahold of people whom you think you might.  People may choose to screen their phone calls when they see a “Private” or “Unavailable” or “Unknown” number show up on their caller ID. 

 

For the purposes of this article I will focus on blocking from a land line telephone and I’ll show you how to block a telephone number from calling.  Depending on the circumstances you may want to avoid some particular people from calling you.  You have either told them to stop calling you or you may not even want the confrontation.  This way you can avoid that confrontation and just block their phone number from reaching your telephone.  For this demonstration I will focus on a landline however, there are more options for blocking a telephone number from calling.

  1. Pick up your landline phone and dial *60
  2. You should now here a list of options available to you.  You will hear an option that is referring to “Call Blocking Service”.  Depending on the phone company you have.  A lot of them have this is option number 3.
  3. The next thing you will need to do is press the pound key.  Which is “#”.  Then dial the number you would like to block.  This would include the number with the area code.  You must include the 10 digit number when dialing the number you would like to block.
  4.  Next press the “#” key again to confirm this is the number you would like to block.
  5. This will work for most landline phones.  As there are many options available to mobile phone blocking.

This is the primary options for blocking a number using a landline phone.  This is a quick and easy process to block a number from calling you.  As there are many other options for blocking a phone number which some include calling your carrier or phone provider. You should choose how you would want to block your number.  Do you want to block just one person?  do you want to block your caller ID?  do you want to block your outgoing number?   Whatever it is there is most likely an option that will work for you and your needs.  Good luck on blocking your number.

Caller ID and Spoofing

Background
The feature Caller Identification or Caller ID as most people know is is a technology that allows you to see who is calling before answer a phone call.  Most of the time it is offered as part of a service package.  However, sometimes it does cost extra to get the caller ID feature enabled on your phone.  The fees will vary based on carrier/provider.  When active the name of the person who is calling will be displayed on your phone before you answer the call.  If your on a cell phone it will be on the cell phone device.  If you have caller ID enabled on your land line then it will either be displayed on an external device or on the phone.  Some phone support caller ID and some phones do not support caller ID.  If you get the phone service through your cable company then some cable companies do also offer the caller ID number to be displayed on the television when the phone rings.  Caller ID Spoofing is now illegal.
Caller ID technology just like any technology is subject to scamming and gaming the systems and caller id spoofing.  This is no different than any other computer based technology.  If there is a technology that does something like caller ID displays the name of the person or business calling.  Then there will be someone out there who is trying to game or deceive the system.  These scammers may try many tricks to overcome the system.  They may try to disguise themselves as someone else.  Thus replacing the original number they are calling from with a new number.  This new number is meant to hide or mislead the person who is answer the phone into thinking they are someone whom they are not.  Caller ID scamming is many times used by identity thieves who are trying to make you think they are someone who they are not.  Such as a bank or any other financial institution to gain information from you.  They may also try to collect other personal information from you which they could use to steal your identity.  You should never give your personal information to someone over the phone unless you are absolutely sure who they are OR you call them back at their corporate number.
Truth in Caller ID Act of 2009
The Truth in Caller ID Act of 2009 was signed into law on Dec. 22, 2010.  This is a law that now makes it illegal for someone to spoof a caller ID number.  In hopes that this will prevent fraudulent activity and transaction happening over the phone.  This can happen when the person thinks the person calling is someone they are not.  The rules the FCC has adopted in the Truth in caller ID act:
 
The FCC’s rules:
  • Prohibit any person or entity for transmitting misleading or inaccurate caller ID information with the intent to defraud, cause harm, or wrongfully obtain anything of value.
  • Subject violators to a penalty of up to $10,000 for each violation of the rules..
  • Exempt authorized activities by law enforcement agencies and situations where courts have authorized caller ID manipulation to occur.
Tips for Consumers
  • Don’t give out personal information in response to an incoming call.  Identity thieves are clever – they often pose as representatives of banks, credit card companies, creditors, or government agencies to get people to reveal their account numbers, Social Security numbers, mother’s maiden names, passwords and other identifying information.
  • If you get an inquiry from a company or government agency seeking personal information, don’t provide it.  Instead, hang up and call the phone number on your account statement, in the phone book, or on the company’s or government agency’s website to find out if the entity that supposedly called you actually needs the requested information from you.
  • Please let the FCC know about ID spoofers by calling 1-888-CALL-FCC or  filing a complaint at fcc.gov/complaints.
FCC Caller ID Rules for Telemarketers
Even before passage of the Truth in Caller ID Act, FCC rules required telemarketers to pass accurate caller ID information. FCC rules specifically require that a telemarketer:
  • transmit or display its telephone number or the telephone number of the seller on whose behalf the telemarketer is calling, and, if possible, its name or the name and telephone number of the company for which it is selling products or services.
  • display a telephone number that you can call during regular business hours to ask to no longer be called. This rule applies even to companies that already have an established business relationship with you.
For violations of these rules, the FCC can seek a monetary fine. If the violator is not an FCC licensee, the FCC must first issue a warning and the telemarketer may be fined only for violations committed after the warning.
Blocking and Unblocking Your Telephone Number Rules
The FCC requires phone company to make available the technology for blocking an unblocking a phone number.  This then gives the option of displaying the phone number or not displaying the phone number to the user.
  • Single Call Blocking – To block your phone number from displaying on another persons caller ID then you must use the *67 option before calling that persons number.  Then the number will be blocked from displaying on the receiving persons caller ID.
  • Line Blocking – If you would like to block all your phone calls this is an option available as well.  What you should do is contact the telephone company and see if you can block you number from displaying on all outgoing calls.  This is a technology that is available.  If then you would like to unblock your number you will then need to dial the *82 to unblock the number.
  • Name Blocking – Depending on the caller ID service you use.  You may also be able to just block your name from displaying on the caller ID.  The number will still be displayed however you name will not be displayed on the persons caller ID.
  • Toll Free Number – Since the toll free numbers use a technology called Automatic Number Identification or ANI for short they are able to read the number you are dialing from no matter if you have requested the number blocked.  However, since the FCC does prevent these numbers from being sold or used for a financial purpose you are relatively safe.  However, you should be aware your number is displayed to the operator when you dial a 800, 888, 877, 855 and 866 number.
  • Emergency Services – When dialing 911 or any other emergency network your number is not being blocked.  This is for the reason of public safety.  They must be able to track you down and know who you are.  This also prevent misuse of these services.  In addition to 911 calls to poison control center is also visible.  Poison control is a emergency service.

There are a couple of ways to block phone number from caller id.  I have discussed the *67 options in a previous article, but I will discuss it again on this post.  Whatever your reason to block your number from being sent there is probably a good one.  The two big ways to block a number from caller id; one is on an individual basis.  The second is to block all the calls from going out without your number attached to the caller ID of the recipient getting the phone call.  They will see a “Private” or “Unavailable” on there caller ID.

Block phone number on one call

By dialing the *67 before dialing the number, it will block your phone call from being sent to the other phone which you are calling.  This option is an individual option only.  Since this is per phone call basis you will need to dial the *67 option before dialing the number every time.  This is a good option if there are only a handful of people or phone calls you want to make by using the blocking features.  This would be good for example if your going to be calling just one or two people once and you don’t want them to see the number.  I would not using this for prank calls.  As the number actually still tracked at the phone provider.  If the person receiving the call really wants to they can call their phone provider and get your number.  This option just makes them jump through that extra hoop of making that phone call.  Most people will not fetch your number, but if you are making prank or insulting phone calls then they will most likely track you down.  This option does not make you invisible and not traceable.  Like I said before the number is still traced at the phone carrier.

Block phone number on ALL calls

If you call your phone carrier you can request your phone number be blocked for all calls.  This is usually a setting your phone carrier will have to make on there computers.  There sometimes will be a small fee associated with blocking a number or setting up permanent block of your number from caller ID.  Now instead of dialing the *67 to block your number you would now dial the *82 to unblock your number.  Since all phone calls are now blocked from anyone.  If you want to manually unblock a phone call the *82 is used before dialing the number to unblock/call.

It is important to remember these options to not always apply if your calling emergency this is not the case.  Your phone number is always visible to emergency responders.  In addition some of the other public numbers such as toll-free number the phone number is also sent.

When making a phone call you want to know how to block my number.  Well there is an easy reasons way to block my number from showing up on other peoples caller ids.  For whatever I may want to block my number i can easily dial a *67 before the number I am dialing.  This way when dial another phone it will not show up on the other phones caller ID.  There is an easy way to check if this is working.  Dial the *67 then dial another phone.  Look at the second phone you are dialing to see the number being blocked.  Most of the time it will say “Unavailable” or “Private Caller” either way depending on how the phone company transforms the *67 either might display.

How to block my number

The *67 option is a nice way to shield my number from other people when dialing.  This option will prevent other people from seeing my number on there caller id and they won’t be able to return the phone call.  Keep in mind that some people will block unknown number.  If they can’t see who is calling they may not pick up the phone.

Blocking my number from other people might be important if I am making a sales call or calling something which I don’t want them to know what my number is.  This is important to know when dialing out so I have this option to dial the *67 when I want to block my number.

So you just received a text message from someone or a company you have never heard of.  It is possible it is an old friend which you may not have transferred the number to your new phone.  Though more than likely it is not that old buddy who wants to grab a beer, but a spammer who wants to sell you the next best thing.  Let’s figure out how to block text messages from coming to your phone.

Instructions

  • Call your cell phone carrier and let them know you would like to block all the incoming text message from the number who sent you the next message.  At that time the carrier should then stop or block the messages from coming to your number.
  • If you do not want to receive text messaging at all this is an option.  Call the provider and tell them you do not want to receive any text messages from anyone.  Most service plans this is an extra service which you pay for.  So removing it should not be an problem.
  • Respond to the text message from the person or company with the word “unsubscribe”.  If the company is honoring unsubscribe text messages this should remove you from their list.
  • There may be some preferences under your account on the providers website.  Most companies have an option to block specific numbers in addition to text messages.  Logon and find out.  Some offer it for free while other companies there is a small fee for these types of services.
  • Some phones will have the option to block certain numbers, their may be an option to block the text message from reaching your phone or at least you may be able to setup a rule in the phone to trash or treat the text as spam.

SMS Tips

If you setup text blocking on your phone then be sure to let people you know about it.  That way if they are trying to get a hold of you they will know you don’t have text messaging on your phone.  Most people assume everyone has text messages, so not to have it is not the norm anymore.

Be sure to not to block all text messages unless you really want to not get texts.  Texting is an easy way for someone to tell a bit of information, so many people use texting to communicate.  You may be missing out on communicating with friends and family.

If you have a land-line telephone there are many options available for you to to handle telephone number blocking.  These unwanted and pesky calls can be handle by a variety of options.  The phone companies now off services for customers to handle such unwanted calls.  These services include call blocking, priority ringing and anonymous call rejection.  Electronic store do also offer Gadgets for blocking calls as well.  These devices are usually attached to the phone line and works with the physical phone.  In addition to hardware solutions, there are many software solutions that will block a phone number as well.

Depending on the service you have most will publish what sort of blocking options they have available to their customers.  Most telephone providers will have a website which publish the blocking available.  However, if your telephone provider doesn’t have a website, then just call them and see what options are available to you.  One option that most people know about is the number blocking by dialing *60 if your using the ATT service.  The code will ask you to enter a number you would like to block.  When that number calls they will receive a message that the call has been blocked by the subscriber.

There are a few other options that are available to you as a consumer as well which include anonymous call blocking which will then block number which are deemed unidentified.  Personalized ring which will give a call that is unidentified or private a personal ring so you know not to get up from the couch to answer it.  In addition there is another options called Privacy Manager which will not let the call through to your telephone unless the caller identifies themselves.  If the caller chooses to identify themselves the call will ring through or the caller might just give up and choose not call.  Many of these services are not free, but will cost a small fee to use.  However, they are important for a lot of people and do bring a lot of value knowing there are options to managing phone privacy.

There are other option available which do not include the telephone company.  Like I mention before there are devices on the market that exist which will do the same as above without paying the phone company more money.  You can get a device which will prompt the callers to punch in a code to get to your phone.  This blocks a lot of the auto dialers.  You can also setup systems where you only allow a password or code to your phone number.  This way you have the ultimate privacy.  This would then prevent anyone from calling who doesn’t know the unique password.

Mobile phones also have options for blocking calls.  Depending on the carrier you will have specific options at the provider level which you can block unwanted calls from.  These include many times blocking specific numbers or blocking all numbers and just letting certain numbers through.  Some mobile phones have options built into them to block unwanted calls already or similar features to handle such a case.  These features may not be perfect but it does offer an option for the pesky telemarketers.

Do Not Call

If you being called by telemarketers or someone trying to sell you something both the United States and the United Kingdom, both have a do not call list.  You can add a land-line and a mobile phone to this list and the telemarketer companies have to honor this list.  In the US it is call the Do Not Call Registry and in the UK it is call the Telephone Preferences Service.