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I have an iphone.....is there anyway I can block an "unknown" caller id?

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Is there a reason why you want to block "unknown" callers? In my experience they can be from legitimate sources that might have good reason to contact you.
 

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Why not just let it go to Voice Mail and pick it up later?

I've found caller-id on mobiles is hit and miss. Sometimes shows, sometimes not.
 

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I think the ability to block unknown callers is a valid concern. I wish I could do it with my phone.

As deim says, if you don't want to be identified then why should I answer or check my voicemail.

More importantly, there could be some legitimate safety concerns for women being harassed etc.
 

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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.
 

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Hospitals are required to block their ID.
Yup, and they're not the only industry.

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.
 

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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.....

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In Winnipeg @ the hospital I work at it is one main number for any out going calls on any of the exchanges the hospital has. So if you know the number (which I do) you can answer or ignore!!
 

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Any time I've had calls from either staff or patients at hospitals, it's varied from "Unknown" to "Private". Always "Unknown" on the cell...

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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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