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#4910 by azism
Wed Mar 18, 2009 7:38 am
What is the difference between "Out of Area" calls and anonymous calls (which are blocked). I know that I have received several "Out of Area" calls that are people I know. Plus I have received calls listed as "Private" (which happened to be someone I know).

What is the difference between "Out of Area", "Private" and "Anonymous" calls?
#4940 by thively
Wed Mar 18, 2009 11:12 am
I found these from different site:

# If a caller is using Caller ID Blocking, the caller’s number will appear on your Caller ID display screen as “No Data,” “Anonymous,” “Blocked,” “Private,” or “P.”
# If a caller is in an area that does not have Caller ID technology or the call is routed through machinery that is not equipped with Caller ID technology, a message reading “Out of Area” will appear on your Caller ID display screen.

Here are a couple of sites:
http://www.privacyrights.org/fs/fs19-cid.htm
http://www.gci.com/forhome/calling/feat ... llerid.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caller_ID

Also, in cases where the caller ID name is NOT available but the number is, you'll get different results. Sometimes "out of area" is a result of a call from another area code or state where only the number is available, no name.

I also see "cell call". This is the result again of number only with no name, but the system knows it's from a cell carrier. A good example is you get "cell call" from verizon wireless customers because verizon wireless only transmits number, not name.
But AT&T mobilit transmits the name + number, so you get name/number instead.
#4945 by azism
Wed Mar 18, 2009 11:51 am
Thank you. I thought this were all the same, but I guess not. Following your links had some interesting information.

Next thing is what to do about calls that come in from (supposedly) 000-000-0000 according to the caller ID. I was hoping the blocking would take care of that problem.
#5047 by thively
Thu Mar 19, 2009 11:55 pm
One of the ooma mods said he filed a bug report on not being able to block 000-000-0000. saw it mentioned in another thread. so hopefully that will be possible eventually.

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