Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 34
  1. #1

    Question How do you block someone from calling you on the phone?

    Hi everyone

    There is a certain person who keeps attempting to contact me in various ways and they will not stop - even though I have repeatedly asked them to stop. It is a family member so I'm not going to just "run screaming and crying" to the police or have my phone tapped, etc. I love this family member but at least for now, I just need some "distance" between them and me. What I'm asking here involves blocking them from calling me on the phone or at least being able to see who's calling so I can just not answer if it happens to be them.

    Anyway, all I have is basic phone service, a basic answering machine and a computer. I don't want to get caller ID/Call Blocking (an extra $20.00 per month) because I have spent enough money already trying to prevent them from contacting me and why should I have to spend any more?. I can't use services/software like Pagoo because that requires Caller ID/Call Blocking in addition to the monthly service fees that Pagoo (and similar services) charge.

    So how can I block them from calling me or see if they are calling me without using Caller ID or Call Blocking?. Are there any alternatives?. I know there are a lot of free software products and services out there and with all the brainiacs on this forum, there's got to be SOME way to do this, right?.

    Thank you for any help I can get (I'll gladly and greatfully accept it!).

    - Dr_doolittle _guy
    Last edited by dr_doolittle_guy; 09-28-2006 at 12:05 PM. Reason: Typos

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Location
    AR
    Posts
    2,381
    Get a cell phone...problem solved

  3. #3
    Quote Originally Posted by kvnband
    Get a cell phone...problem solved
    Thanks for the quick reply. We tried that awhile back but there is no tower in our area (we live way out in the country) and besides, that costs money and I refuse to allow them to cost me any more than I have already spent. I also don't want to get a second phone line, change my phone number or get an unlisted number. I'm really just looking for a free alternative to caller ID and/or call blocking.

    - Thank's, Dr_doolittle_guy

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Leicestershire, UK
    Posts
    230
    why cant you just get caller id ?
    www.NT-Hosts.net
    Shared Hosting - Reseller - Email Hosting - Forum Hosting - Linux server admins
    Phone: 07092898178 - Fax: 07092898179 - Email:Sales@NT-Hosts.net

  5. #5
    Quote Originally Posted by NTHosts
    why cant you just get caller id ?
    Because I feel that I've already spent enough money trying to prevent them from contacting me. Also, we are on very limited budget.

    - Regards, Dr_doolittle_guy

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Chicago
    Posts
    984
    I'm actually curious about this too - for a while there I was getting literally 10 calls a day from credit card solicitors. Of course I didn't figure that out for several weeks, because for a good while they couldn't work their automated calling system, and it just hung up as soon as I picked up.
    Corey Northcutt | Northcutt
    Competitive inbound marketing with a hosting industry competency.
    Social | Content | Optimization | Outreach

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Feb 2001
    Location
    West Michigan, USA
    Posts
    9,675
    Quote Originally Posted by dr_doolittle_guy
    Because I feel that I've already spent enough money trying to prevent them from contacting me. Also, we are on very limited budget.

    - Regards, Dr_doolittle_guy

    Change your phone number.

    --Tina
    ||| 99.999% Uptime SLA!!!
    Plenty of space and bandwidth to fit your needs!
    www.AEIandYou.com - - (WP Friendly - Premium Reseller Hosting and Cheap Dedicated Servers)

  8. #8
    How much for caller ID?

  9. #9
    As I've already stated, I don't want to change my phone number or purchase caller ID, etc. So does anyone here know of any other alternatives?.

    - Regards, Dr_doolittle_guy

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Feb 2001
    Location
    West Michigan, USA
    Posts
    9,675
    Don't answer the phone.

    If you only have a few people that call you, tell them to call and let it ring once...then hang up and call back. Poor man's Caller ID.

    --Tina
    ||| 99.999% Uptime SLA!!!
    Plenty of space and bandwidth to fit your needs!
    www.AEIandYou.com - - (WP Friendly - Premium Reseller Hosting and Cheap Dedicated Servers)

  11. #11
    Quote Originally Posted by AH-Tina
    Don't answer the phone.

    If you only have a few people that call you, tell them to call and let it ring once...then hang up and call back. Poor man's Caller ID.

    --Tina
    Hmm...interesting idea. However, we have ads in the local newspaper and a lot of people who call us on a regular basis so this won't work for us unfortunately. I was thinking more along the lines of finding some clever computer program or service that would allow me to deal with this issue.

    - Regards, Dr_doolittle_guy

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Feb 2001
    Location
    West Michigan, USA
    Posts
    9,675
    When the family member calls, simply hang up. I bet they get bored after a few days. Don't give them any kind of reaction, just simply hang up.

    --Tina
    ||| 99.999% Uptime SLA!!!
    Plenty of space and bandwidth to fit your needs!
    www.AEIandYou.com - - (WP Friendly - Premium Reseller Hosting and Cheap Dedicated Servers)

  13. #13
    Quote Originally Posted by AH-Tina
    When the family member calls, simply hang up. I bet they get bored after a few days. Don't give them any kind of reaction, just simply hang up.

    --Tina
    Really, this is probably the best thing to do and we thought about doing this a few times ourselves but I don't want this family member to even get one word in and in order to "hang up" on them, I'm going to have to pick up the phone in the first place and a lot can be said before I have time to discover it's them and actually hang up and there are a few things that I DON'T want to hear coming from the mouth of this person so even an answering machine is out of the question. I just don't know what to do. I appreciate the advice and I'm not trying to shoot everything down but I really do have a delicate situation on my hands here and I'm at a total loss as to how to deal with it.

    - Regards, Dr_doolittle_guy

  14. #14
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Posts
    290
    How about Priority Ringing just for them and then answer all other calls?

    Priority Ringing: You can assign a special ring to calls from up to 10 numbers - the calls you are most likely to want to answer. The rest can be routed to voice mail. There are ways callers can get around Priority Ringing when it is used as a screening tool. The harasser can switch phone lines and avoid the distinctive ring.

  15. #15
    Quote Originally Posted by WebHostWoman
    How about Priority Ringing just for them and then answer all other calls?

    Priority Ringing: You can assign a special ring to calls from up to 10 numbers - the calls you are most likely to want to answer. The rest can be routed to voice mail. There are ways callers can get around Priority Ringing when it is used as a screening tool. The harasser can switch phone lines and avoid the distinctive ring.
    Sounds good but...

    * Costs $$$ (both for service and installation)
    * Takes 3-4 days to set up (time is of the essense here)
    * Local area calls only (I believe)
    * I'm not even sure our phone Co. offers this.

    It did sound interesting though...

    - Regards, Dr_doolittle_guy

Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast

Related Posts from theWHIR.com

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •