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Old 08-22-2006, 08:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Do you answer calls from numbers you don't recognize or numbers that come up on caller ID as "unavailable"?

I kind of have a fear of unknown phone numbers (i never answer) and was wondering what the "norm" is for answering these kind of calls.

Actually I am beginning to absolutely hate my cell phone...i freak out when it rings, i feel guilty if a friend calls and i just put it in voice mail...i feel like i can never escape people sometimes....
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Old 08-22-2006, 08:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Nope. And I rarely answer them on my phone if they're not in my phone book even if I think I recognize the number.
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I rarely answer unknown or private numbers unless they're on my cell.
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I tend not to answer numbers I don't recognize. There are certian people that may be calling my house that I really don't want to talk to.
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The phone calls are almost never for me, unless it's my dad, that's the only time I pick it up. I usually keep my ringer off all the time anyway, since the noise always startles me. My mom never picks it up unless she recognizes the number, which is really annoying because we have to sit there listening to the phone ring, and somtimes even if it is people she knows it will say "unknown number".
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Old 08-22-2006, 09:11 PM   #6 (permalink)
 
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No, because it usually ends up being a salesperson.
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Old 08-22-2006, 10:43 PM   #7 (permalink)
 
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I answer every call no matter what because I'm paranoid that it might be really important.
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I don't answer ANY calls.

Apparently someone called for me a few days ago. My brother handed me the phone to speak to this person; I don't know why, because he knows that I avoid everyone. On the other end of the line was a man whose native language was obviously either Hindi or Urdu asking me if I wanted to consolidate my loans into one easy payment. So.. there you go. That was the first time in numerous years that I've spoken on the phone to someone of no relation to me.
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I don't have caller ID, and don't answer the phone unless I'm expecting a call. If it's important, then they can leave a message, and I call them back.

When I did have caller ID, I never answered numbers I didn't know.
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I never answer the phone when my caller ID says unknown name/unknown number or any 800 numbers call they are almost always telemarkers.

But I'll answer the phone if there is no name and a number I don't recognize.
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Nope, unless I know the number, then I don't pick up the phone.
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My parents number comes up as unavailable so I have to pick up. I don't get any telemarketers anymore since using the telemarketer call screener.
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if it's unavailable or restricted then I don't answer.
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Very rarely, if I'm expecting a call at a certain time and it shows up as "Unavailable" sure I do.

I live in a small(er) town, my last name is unique, I get calls for my exes ex wife, bill collectors, I can't convince them I'm not her......so, I just don't answer.
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I don't have a cellphone or caller ID on my house phone.
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Default Re: Do you answer "unavailable" caller ID calls?

I don't have caller ID, so every call is a surprise just like in the old days!
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I never answer them because they are usually people asking me to donate money to this or that, or calling to collect money from the woman that had my number 4 years ago. No thanks....
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How do I block calls from coming in? I want to stop a mortgage company from calling me with their recorded messages!
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No, because they're always those telemarketer-type people. Argh, I get SO many each day.
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