How You Can Block a Phone Number Calling You - and Why You Should

Dec 18, 2012 17:16:22Posted by John Skorick, MyAKA Founder & CEO

How You Can Block a Phone Number Calling You - and Why You Should

Those who are old enough will remember the days when, around dinner time, the house phone would begin to ring incessantly. Telemarketers always seemed to pick this hour to try and make sales, but since landlines (and family dinners) are on the decline these days, it's a less common occurrence. However, it's not uncommon to receive a call from a telemarketer on a cell phone, and such calls can come at any time of day or night. If this sounds familiar, then you may be wondering how you can block a phone number that's been calling you constantly. Here's some advice on how to go about that, as well as a few other reasons why you may want to get a second mobile number:

The 'Do Not Call' List
The U.S. government offers a free service that effectively blocks your number from all telemarketing calls. The National Do Not Call Registry, established in 2003, is managed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and is completely free to use. You can register online or by telephone, and within 31 days you should see the calls coming in from telemarketers come to a halt. You can register up to three numbers, which means if you have two numbers on one phone, you can put them both on the registry.

Other Annoying Calls
Unfortunately, telemarketers aren't the only people who might abuse your phone number once they've gotten their hands on it. Some people are plagued by calls from business associates when they're off the clock, and others find that someone they met while dating online or through a service like Craigslist uses their number for malicious purposes. If this is the case, the best way to block your number is by adding a second set of digits. This will allow you to give your personal number out to only friends and family, and you can use the additional phone number when dealing with colleagues or online acquaintances.

Cell phones are meant to be a convenience, but like any piece of technology, they come with some unexpected - and annoying - drawbacks. Fortunately, with the help of the FTC and the ability to add a second number to your device, you can finally put an end to the irritating, unsolicited phone calls.