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How to block "Private" or "Unavailable" calls

hi, i have caller display with bell canada. I keep getting calls from PRIVATE and UNAVAILABLE or OUT OF AREA calls in the morning, with no name or number showing. Is there any way i can block these calls?

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pretty sure you can call bell and ask them to block the private ones, but i'm unsure about the unavailable or unknown numbers.
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Just don't answer them...
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Just a heads up, if you were to receive a call from a hospital, it would say private on your display.
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RaTeD wrote:
May 3rd, 2007 12:18 am
hi, i have caller display with bell canada. I keep getting calls from PRIVATE and UNAVAILABLE or OUT OF AREA calls in the morning, with no name or number showing. Is there any way i can block these calls?

thanks
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With Call Privacy you can force the caller to unblock the number.

We recently went unlisted and only Private name shows up, if we hit the appropriate selection it unblocks our number.
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A lot of cell phones are listed as "Private" in the Caller ID. Are you sure you want to block all of those?
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why would you want to answer it if an anonymous cell phone calls you?
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I think it cost money to block these.
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Our number is unlisted and it shows as private. I think blocking these would filter out a bunch of calls from people trying to reach you.
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st7860 wrote:
May 4th, 2007 3:49 pm
why would you want to answer it if an anonymous cell phone calls you?
Why not? It might be someone you know. Paranoid much?
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It's indeed incredibly annoying to receive called from blocked number.

I think bell has some sort of call privacy feature where if you get a call from a blocked number it will force them to either unblock their number or record a name so you hear it when you pick up and can choose whether or not to answer.

Me personally I just dont answer blocked calls.
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st7860 wrote:
May 4th, 2007 3:49 pm
why would you want to answer it if an anonymous cell phone calls you?
Lots of people have blocked numbers for their own privacy.

My family did it because we had the same name as a drug dealer in town and kept getting his calls.

I always enjoyed that privacy, and as such have blocked all my own numbers (landline + cell) as soon as I got my own place. I only want my numbers available to the people that I explicitly give them to, not just anyone I phone.

I should also point out that many calls from overseas will come up as an unavailable Caller ID.

The only downside I've experienced is that sometimes if you have to verify your identity with banks on the phone, you have to explain that it's a blocked number and they might want to call you back with the number they have on file. This always happens whenever you place an online order with Future Shop as well.

Oh, and "professionals" generally don't accept calls from blocked numbers either, not that it's affected me in any way. :lol:
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gei wrote:
May 4th, 2007 5:43 pm
I think bell has some sort of call privacy feature where if you get a call from a blocked number it will force them to either unblock their number or record a name so you hear it when you pick up and can choose whether or not to answer.
As someone who always has a private caller ID, I have no problem with schemes like this.
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how about you DECLINE or FORWARD the number selectively? GSM's come a long way from analog-supported carriers such as telus and bell. GSM has much more power over your call forwarding where you can forward a call (lets say a blocked incoming call) on the fly by pressing the DECLINE or END button and have it forwarded to the destination you set on your FWD ON BUSY setting in your GSM phone. Forward it to like Z103 or the mental hospital or some number that is well known. Were like in 2007, why do people still have to ask how to do this?
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