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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


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Get a cell phone...problem solved

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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

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why cant you just get caller id ?

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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

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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.

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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.

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How much for caller ID?

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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