How to Block a Phone Number From Calling Me on a Land Phone

by Thomas McNish

Receiving unwanted calls is an unfortunate byproduct of having a phone. Its not uncommon for your phone number to be available to many people, even if it's unlisted. Just because your phone number gets into the hands of a telemarketer or prankster doesn't mean you have to put up with it, however. There are a few different ways of blocking incoming calls, each with varying cost and effectiveness.

Visit the website for the National Do Not Call Registry (see link in "Resources"). This will block unwanted telemarketers from being able to call your home phone number. Note that it might take up to a month for the unwanted calls to cease.

Get a Caller ID and Caller ID service. This will display the name and number of the person calling you, allowing you to either accept or reject the call without ever having to answer the phone.

Purchase an "inbound call blocker." This tool connects to your phone and requires that everyone who calls you enter a special code before his call will be forwarded to your actual phone. All other callers will be blocked. You must give the code to anyone you want to connect with.

Use call blocking. Dial "*60" from your phone, followed by the 10-digit phone number you ant to block. From this point forward, that number will be blocked. When that caller dials your number, he will either receive a busy signal or an automated message telling him that his number has been blocked.

Speak with your phone service provider about signing up for a privacy manager service. This requires all callers who don't have phone numbers (such as "out of area," "private" or "unavailable") to enter a special code or record their name before you'll even hear the phone ring. When you pick up the phone, you'll be prompted to either accept or reject the call, or send it to voicemail.

About the Author

Thomas McNish has been writing since 2005, contributing to and other online publications. He is working toward his Associate of Science in computer information technology from Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Fla.

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