How to Block Private Callers on a House Phone

by Maya Walker
Old telephone image by Nenad Djedovic from

Anonymous Call Rejection can be used to prevent private callers from calling your house phone. When a call is placed to your home from a blocked number, a message informs the caller that you are not accepting calls from blocked numbers. Callers must unblock their numbers and call back. Your phone does not ring for blocked calls when the feature is active. Most phone companies charge for using Anonymous Call Rejection.

Step 1

Contact your home phone provider and request to add Anonymous Call Rejection to your phone plan. The customer service representative can provide you with the date the feature will be active.

Step 2

Pick up your home phone and listen for the dial tone.

Step 3

Press "*77" on your phone's handset.

Listen for two quick beeps and hang up the phone's handset and the feature is activated.


  • Anonymous Call Rejection can be deactivated by dialing "*87" on your phone's handset.


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  • Old telephone image by Nenad Djedovic from

About the Author

Maya Walker began writing professionally in 2008. Her articles have appeared on a variety of websites, covering technology, personal finance, music and health topics. Walker is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in English at Stephen F. Austin University in Texas.

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