How To Block Phone Numbers On Comcast Voice Service
Use Comcast’s phone service? If so, you can block incoming calls by their caller ID number so that telemarketers, charities, and even bill collectors who use one of the loopholes to get around the Do Not Call list stop bothering you.
While the feature isn’t heavily advertised, my understanding is that it is available for all Comcast cable telephone customers. Blocking phone numbers is still necessary thanks to all the creeps using loopholes in the Do Not Call laws to keep calling you, and this great time saving strategy is free and easy on several phone company’s service. If your phone company doesn’t offer it, consider switching to their more user friendly competitors.
I was thrilled to find this service after Google bought up Grand Central and then just let it rot on the back burner. I used to use GrandCentral to create phone numbers to give to organizations and then you can customize your incoming calls to go straight to voicemail or get blocked, or whatever. But, since Google just bought the service to keep it from growing instead of because it wanted to do anything with it, it hasn’t allowed new accounts in quite some time. The Comcast blocking isn’t quite as good as GrandCentral’s is and it isn’t online, but it works and I can once again make sure computerized robots and people doing a “survey” stop bothering me once and for all.
Comcast’s Block Incoming Calls From a Specific Number Feature
To use this awesome feature, pick up your phone and dial *60. You’ll get a computerized menu that starts with Option 1 which is to turn the service on (and then off should you choose). Once you have turned it on, listen to the prompts until you get “Add number to your block list.”
Now, just dial in that annoying fundraiser that keeps calling, or the charity that calls you every two weeks to “update” you and then asks for more money just because you donated to them once. Even better, dial in the number of that stupid automated phone call for a bill collector that is for someone that doesn’t even live at your house!
To really make this effective, combine it with the Call Screening feature to block all anonymous incoming calls. That way, you will always see the number you need to block in your caller ID.
Oh, and here is a quick tip, go ahead and add 000-000-0000 as your first number. Some shifty or downright fraudulent marketers and other dirt bag callers will set there end to report all zeros as their caller ID number to get around you knowing who is calling. Oops, too bad guys, you lose, that is already blocked.
I add every number that calls and hangs up without leaving a message. I don’t know what they want, but if they can’t even give me the courtesy to leave a message, I probably don’t want to hear it.