Are you tired of getting unwanted calls on your home phone? There are a few things you can do to make sure this never happens again.
The first thing is to go ahead and get caller-ID for your landline, it’s easy but will help you identify who’s calling before answering. You can also block numbers which is great if the person keeps calling over and over again. This way they’ll just be left with an automated message telling them that their call cannot be completed as dialed.
Find your phone’s model number
The best place to find your phone model is on the bottom of the handset. Look for this symbol: Once you find it you can match it up with one of our models below.
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Below are all the phone models we sell that will work with your landline system. Be sure to pick the one that matches your phone model.
What type of Phone jack do I have?
There are two main types of telephone jacks, RJ11 and RJ14. The number refers to how many positions the jack has. Look at the plastic tab on the side of your wall jack to find out which one you have.
If you can see a horizontal tab and one or two vertical tabs the jack is an RJ11. If it has three or four side-by-side vertical tabs, then it’s either an RJ14 or more likely an RJ45 (which we don’t carry).
Change your caller ID
You can also change your caller-ID settings so when the phone rings it doesn’t say who’s calling. Go to “Settings” on your phone or call your local phone company for instructions on how to do this.
How do I block a number?
To block a number you would need to contact your local telephone company, they can set it up to where certain calls won’t come through. Or you can always just block all unidentified numbers which will stop most telemarketers from calling your house as well as every other number that doesn’t have a name listed.
Can I use my phone system with Vonage?
Yes! You don’t have to use a landline with Vonage, you can use your phone system as long as you have broadband internet service. But if you don’t want to give up your home phone number for good, you can forward it to Vonage at a new number that is provided upon signing up.
Put your home phone on mute when you’re not using it
This will stop telemarketers from leaving a message because they’ll think no one’s home. Mute your handset by pressing the “off-hook” button on your phone and then press the “#” key simultaneously. Your line should now be muted.
Is it illegal for telemarketers to call after 9:00 pm or before 8:00 am?
Yes, according to the FCC. The Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 states telemarketers cannot call you before 8am or after 9pm unless you have given them permission beforehand.
Can I keep my home phone number when switching to a cell phone plan?
No, most cellular plans will give you a new phone number. You may want to forward your home number to a cell phone or have a second line that runs on the same account for when you aren’t at home.
Install an app that blocks unwanted calls from coming through
There are a few apps out there that will block your number from showing up on the receiver’s phone and you’ll be able to see who’s calling and decide whether or not to answer.
Check with your state’s Attorney General to see if they have telemarketing laws
Since there is one for federal, each individual state has its own laws in regards to telemarketing and when it’s okay for you to receive calls. It would be in your best interest to check with your state’s Attorney General if you’re not sure what the laws are in your state.
If someone is harassing me, can I sue them?
Yes, but only after sending a certified letter demanding that they stop calling you. If the harassment continues, then it’s time to file a lawsuit.
Unlisted phone number, what does that mean?
An unlisted phone number is a phone that isn’t published for anyone to see or call. For example, some people may share an unlisted home phone with their roommates but each person has their own unlisted mobile phone number.
What are the ways to have a Caller ID with Name blocked?
It is possible, but not completely 100% foolproof. First off, only a court order will reverse the process of having your name hidden from your phone number. Secondly, even if you do opt for an anonymous service or purchase a phone with an unlisted number, there are still ways to get your phone number even if it’s hidden. If you’re truly concerned about your privacy then the best option is not to reveal any information at all, that way no one can find out anything on you.