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Are Private phone numbers out dated?

whistleswhistles Posts: 1,603Member Disability Gamechanger
I just had a private number call me. Pointless because I do not answer these- unless expected. If important they will ring back, again pointless!

If the company/ organisation really wants to talk to you they should let you know who they are in my opinion. I will be expecting them to call so will answer.

I was previously expecting a gp call back, so that private number was answered. 
But, why can't they just have an outdoing only system with a number that you can see easily is a local town code. 

Annoyingly pip rang me two days before my assessment to remind me. But it was an area code for my relatives, on missing it I feared something had happened!
The text service system had gone down that I'd asked for. 
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  • GeoarkGeoark Posts: 1,124Community champion Pioneering
    Hi @whistles at work we use business skype, we don't have any landlines. These give the number out. We also have work mobiles but it is not always desirable to let the number be seen. 

    Unfortunately it is not always possible to get local town numbers, the 03 numbers were introduced in 2007 and are not area spefic, even our landline is an 03 number. 

    As you have pointed out yourself for larger organisations the fact that they do display a local area code does not always tell you who they are before answering.

    What really annoys me is getting several calls from a  number and they cannot even be bothered to leave a voice mail. I tend to ignore these if I don't know the number, if it is important they will leave a message or write to me.

    As an individual I stood alone.
    As a member of a group I did things.
    As part of a community I helped to create change!

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  • fishingmumfishingmum Posts: 562Member Pioneering
    @whistles have you registered with the telephone preference service? They stop your number being handed out to companies for telemarketing purposes, it can take a couple of weeks for it to happen, but I no longer get these unsolicited calls from with held numbers, or business cold calling.
    You could also ask your phone company to bar with held number calls, meaning they have to dial 1470 before your number to call your house, so it tends to put a lot of companies off as A/ no one seems to use this service any more and are unaware of which number to use and B/ they don't want to call these numbers and leave their number.
    life is too short to let others make you miserable.
  • whistleswhistles Posts: 1,603Member Disability Gamechanger
    Victoriad said:
    I don’t understand what is meant by a private number...do you mean ex directory?

    The number shows up on my screen as private.
    So as in this in this case I missed the call, I didn't know who it was from to even attempt to return that call. 
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  • whistleswhistles Posts: 1,603Member Disability Gamechanger
    @whistles have you registered with the telephone preference service? They stop your number being handed out to companies for telemarketing purposes, it can take a couple of weeks for it to happen, but I no longer get these unsolicited calls from with held numbers, or business cold calling.
    You could also ask your phone company to bar with held number calls, meaning they have to dial 1470 before your number to call your house, so it tends to put a lot of companies off as A/ no one seems to use this service any more and are unaware of which number to use and B/ they don't want to call these numbers and leave their number.
    In this instance it was the surgery again. So I wouldn't want to bar anyone from calling, it's just annoying that I didnt know who it was. They text in the end. But I could have called back had I known.

    There is just the one number that cold calls and I might look into getting to block, never answered it!

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  • fishingmumfishingmum Posts: 562Member Pioneering
    @Victoriad I do something similar I start giving them all window sizes and say yes when can you do it, then state have you told the council first as it is their house. The ones for accidents, I say to them oh yes I would love to put in a claim for money and they ask me to tell them about the accident and I say I have not had one I thought you were going to give me money lol.other times I just sit the phone down and start talking to the dogs they hang up quickly lol
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  • whistleswhistles Posts: 1,603Member Disability Gamechanger
    I don't drive so I could have fun with the accident one. 
    It just grates me about the private number if it's from important people I would want to talk to. 
    Not cold callers. 


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  • fishingmumfishingmum Posts: 562Member Pioneering
    @whistles my husband now gets them on his mobile during work and it drives him crazy and due to his job and frequent destroying of phones he is not allowed anything more than a brick phone which none of them seem to have the block option so if it is not a number he knows he declines it right away.

    On the odd occasion he has not noticed and answered he goes and stands by the machinery and shouts at them I can't hear you. Sorry what was that I can't hear you then proceeds to shout at a colleague I think I might need new hearing aids. Or he sits the phone down beside the crusher and allows the noise to annoy them till they hang up. The best one he done was in the house when he started whispering " are you the voice inside my head, I wont do it again, I wont do it again I am not killing my neighbours goat" I could not stop laughing for ages but that number never phoned back. Find one that works depending on your mood, these calls can actually make your day if you play it right.
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  • fishingmumfishingmum Posts: 562Member Pioneering
    now you are giving me false hope lol, considering these people do not even know your name when they phone what can they say, besides they would be met with a carboard zombie with arrows in it at the back door, me and my pirate costume and an autistic kid who likes to tell people the should be moved to a planet where only herbivores lived who ate all the plants and now deprived of oxygen so they can suffocate, I reckon we would all get a nice holiday lol
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  • fishingmumfishingmum Posts: 562Member Pioneering
    and I don't have to do dishes omg perfect lol come on cold callers where are you now I am planning a holiday :p
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  • whistleswhistles Posts: 1,603Member Disability Gamechanger
    Victoriad said:
    Och @whistles
    Lighten your busy day with the car accident ones ....especially if you don’t drive.........wicked ;)



    I prefer the voice in my head one.
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  • whistleswhistles Posts: 1,603Member Disability Gamechanger
    now you are giving me false hope lol, considering these people do not even know your name when they phone what can they say, besides they would be met with a carboard zombie with arrows in it at the back door, me and my pirate costume and an autistic kid who likes to tell people the should be moved to a planet where only herbivores lived who ate all the plants and now deprived of oxygen so they can suffocate, I reckon we would all get a nice holiday lol
    If they don't know who I am, how will I know.  :smile:
    Is that so and so, dunno shall I ask myself. 
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  • fishingmumfishingmum Posts: 562Member Pioneering
    I must admit I do not know how he can do it with a straight face and I am crying with laughter at him doing this, still nothing and he keeps going, it is amazing how many companies start taking you off the list. I am worse with people who come to the door. I am not religious, nor do I need all these private insurances, I do not want to sponsor someone in poland for a bake sale and any other reason someone might find to come to my door, unless family or friends, that is why I have the pirate costume and am a registered pastafarian, I also keep a bottle of rum on stand by for religious knockers, and automatically do my try and convert them by offering rum lol its just about the only kicks I get living out here haha
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  • thespicemanthespiceman Posts: 4,524Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    Hello @whistles Hope I can help. Have asked Broadband provider to put a shield on my phone.

    I am partially deaf and rarely use mobile. Just for texts only.

    If it comes through landline. I know the number, expecting that call. Press a number on my phone or a key. The voice on answering tells you this by the way. If you want to answer accept press a certain number or key.

    Call comes through.

    Not wanted do not accept.

    Private numbers on mobile do not answer. If expecting certain people to ring. Have DWP and other associations or organisations on phone book of mobile.

    Always stress as well ring landline or contact Email, mobile do not . Absolute emergency only. Have to use plugs and leads to imply sound.
  • whistleswhistles Posts: 1,603Member Disability Gamechanger
    Dwp assessment reminder was an actual number, so could answer that. 
    It's the private that grate my cheese. Seems pointless. 
    Like clothes with no price. You want me to buy it, right.
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  • veritercveriterc Posts: 152Community champion Pioneering
    All this nonsense from NHS about "not selling" one's private data.  I gave a false name to 111 - a week later a call centre selling something phoned up and asked to speak to Mrs. Edwina - only time I had ever used such a name was to 111.  So yes, someone IS selling on our data.
  • whistleswhistles Posts: 1,603Member Disability Gamechanger
    veriterc said:
    All this nonsense from NHS about "not selling" one's private data.  I gave a false name to 111 - a week later a call centre selling something phoned up and asked to speak to Mrs. Edwina - only time I had ever used such a name was to 111.  So yes, someone IS selling on our data.
    That's disgusting.
    What else did they sell.
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  • jdtaylorukjdtayloruk Posts: 6Member Listener
    That shouldn’t have happened, 111 calls should be treated as private and confidential unless it’s for a feedback survey which I think you can opt out of.
  • veritercveriterc Posts: 152Community champion Pioneering
    I remember a detective at Scotland Yard, involved with IT fraud, saying that they were worried that patients were asked to give out date of birth in crowded Outpatients, then a Receptionist 'shouting' "Do you still live at ....?!  This is manna from heaven for a hacker.  So now I have a card with my DOB which I show to Receptionist.  I gather many private hospitals, if they need your DOB (they usually go by your name ) push a pen and paper across desk and ask you to write this down.  
    I think the NHS is too casual with our data - we go through hoops "because of data protection act" but there are far too many incidents if you Google this. 
  • whistleswhistles Posts: 1,603Member Disability Gamechanger
    That shouldn’t have happened, 111 calls should be treated as private and confidential unless it’s for a feedback survey which I think you can opt out of.
    You ring 111 because you are in need of medical advice and they ask you about a survey. 
    I have to say most places do this now and it's a bit annoying- chemist included!
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  • veritercveriterc Posts: 152Community champion Pioneering
    Is anyone else bemused about what this new data protection wheeze is all about?  My email inbox is full of messages asking me to confirm I want to still be on their list - all different.  But as far as I can see, any scammer based abroad can still send me umpteen emails, and there's no-one to stop them. 
  • whistleswhistles Posts: 1,603Member Disability Gamechanger
    The only people who have contacted me, are those I wish to be involved with.
    If you don't just click unsubscribe.

    Slightly ot. The postal preference service is working. Not had any junk mail addressed to me specifically.
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  • fishingmumfishingmum Posts: 562Member Pioneering
    @whistleswhen I had a fire I used to sign up for junk mail, saved buying a newspaper daily for lighting the fire lol
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  • thespicemanthespiceman Posts: 4,524Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    Hello everybody is me this new data protection do not understand any of it. All confusion.

    Another ploy to get us as a community to be customers. It is me or this could be useful to other people who could benefit it.

    For there own personal gain.

    No ideas at all. Look this morning was enough . What is happening with these agencies and advice places.

    Rang this number for CAB. Citizens Advice.  Got a pause then it started the menu of numbers.  Want this and that hang on I am saying what you are saying. By the time it ended here I am confused and brain fog.

    Once upon a time in the past. You rang a number lovely cheery voice and hello may I can I help you. Oh my god not now.  Sitting wondering why and how has it all gone down hill.

    Same questions regarding certain websites. On line advisor pleased to help you. Am waiting as the screen goes blank. Hang on where are you. ? SOS. Help.

    Get more response if I dust down a pigeon attach a message and send it off.  To the place concerned. All morning of frustrated and wasted time.

    Bring back proper customer service and a voice that is helpful and pleasant.

    Only service like that may I add is our own community support here and helplines. The real person at last.

    Every one has to match that all I can say.
  • whistleswhistles Posts: 1,603Member Disability Gamechanger
    The doctors go through a list of numbers before connecting you to reception.
    Then you are number xx in the line. By the time you do get through the appointments have all gone.  
    Solution- write to your gp and if necessary they will do a ring back. ( for me, not suggesting others do the same)

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    My phone system tells me if it's a free call or expensive one.
    I rarely use the phone anyway. 
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  • fishingmumfishingmum Posts: 562Member Pioneering
    there is a website called say no to 0870, it basically gives you the free number or a landline number for many companies always worth checking out. https://www.saynoto0870.com/

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  • whistleswhistles Posts: 1,603Member Disability Gamechanger
    Victoriad said:
    Thanks

    Why are we Brian Blessed alongside our posts.
    Preferred chatterbox. 
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  • whistleswhistles Posts: 1,603Member Disability Gamechanger
    Maybe it's meant to be? Brain. 

    🎫
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    Scope might tell us why. 
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