If they want to hide their name from me, then I don't want to talk to them...
Not sure about iPhone, but for Android there is a number of call-blocking apps. I am using Call Block from Mr.Number - free and works very well.
There is one anomaly that might be of interest. Hospitals are required to block their ID. Apparently someone in the privacy legal network decided it could be invasive if a call was seen to be coming from a hospital, e.g. patient doesn't want others to know s/he in undergoing medical tests/treatment. I think it's a stretch and I'd certainly want to know if my doctor was calling with test results or if someone close to me was in emergency, but the lawyers decided to lean the other way.
Letting blocked ID calls go to voicemail seems, to me, the wiser choice.
I screen calls all the time. If it's a # I don't recognize, I let it go to voicemail. If they don't leave a message, then it's not an important call and I'll Google the # to see who called me.
But I've learned that "unknown" callers can be very important calls. Let it go to voicemail if you want, but to flat-out block them might not be in your best interest. That's all I will say on this matter.
I know that with landline calls, "Unknown" in theory comes from areas without the data stream for call display. "Private" shows up when a number is intentionally blocked, either by on-demand blocking or permanently blocked, as Hugh mentioned. On Rogers Paygo, I've either had a number, or "Unknown" in the case of those numbers that have been around quite a while. And of course, 1-8xx numbers of telemarketers, who should have known better.....
I work at a hospital, and the number is blocked.
I guess your justification makes a slight amount of sense (not knowing someone is undergoing medical treatment)
But honestly, why would anyone assume that's the reason at first?
Personally, my first assumption would be "someone I[or the person whose phone it is] know is in the hospital and needs to get a hold of me[or person whose phone I'm looking at]"
Working at the hospital and having applied to other hospitals, it's a pain to just see "unknown" when they could easily put "Hospital for Sick Children" "Sunnybrook" "Lakeridge Health" "Rouge Valley Health", etc. With the main switchboard # attached.
That gives you zero patient information, aside from the fact that the hospital has your # on file, which could be for any number of reasons (the most common being the one listed above) and allows you to identify if a call is important or not.
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