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Re: Unwanted Calls

Lisa Hancock (
7 Sep 2005 13:01:07 -0700

R. wrote:

> I too have received the 215 area code number on my cell phone. I
> Googled and found your site. Will the *67 work with callers who have
> their numbers blocked and those calls that show up as UnKnown?


> Someone used to have the home number I currently have and I'm getting
> call after call ...

You probably should demand a new phone number at no charge. I had
that problem years ago upon receiving a new phone (receiving obscene
calls late at night on the first night I got the line) and the phone
co, after some pressure from me, changed the number. This is
especially important on a cell phone where you have limited minutes
and must pay as you go.

I can see this being a big problem on cell phones as people are more
likely to "dispose" of them than their home landline phone. For
example, a father might pull the plug on a teenager's line for a
while. That means the numbers will get used much more frequently. I
would not want a cell phone number previously assigned to a teenager.

[Ohmygawd that would be, like, SO weird, you know, to have this old
guy answering your cell phone, you know? Like my friend Jennifer? She
is SUCH a flirt and she, like, would REALLY flirt with guys she
doesn't even know who call her, like, what is that girl thinking? And
at Lindsay's party she threw such a fit because Lindsay was using
Jeremy's cell phone and YOU KNOW Jennifer really likes Jeremy but just
won't show it because Jeremy isn't cool enough for her and she goes
out with Trevor instead even though Trevor is really mean to her and
cheats on her ALL THE TIME and she's so stupid she doesn't even see it
right in front of her, like when Trevor was making out with Morgan -- I
swear this is true -- at Amanda's house right in the living room in
front of everybody, Morgan has like no shame and is the WORST slut in
school, worse even than Jennifer's older sister, remember her, she got
sent home for wearing her blouse too tight and her parents came back
and, like, yelled at Mr. Green the principal to mind his own business
and then he got REALLY mad told them she was three months pregnant
which was supposed to be a big secret but everybody knew it ...]

Since you are getting many calls for an old number it wouldn't pay to
track each one down. In some cases old numbers are reassigned too
quickly. One way to avoid that problem is to request a number in a
new exchange, or better still, a new area code which your area might

If you are getting repeated abusive anonymous calls, there is Call
Trace. *57 (1157 for rotary users). This cannot be blocked. The
phone company gets the number in a special unit. You may have to pay
a fee for this. For repeated abuse calls, the phone company or police
will deal with it.

Pat mentioned some other *dial options to screen calls, but note usage
varies in some areas and there may be a fee to use them.

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