Do you have Caller ID with your Cell Phone?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 DRE# ER40011786


Ever wonder who is calling when you are unable to answer the phone?   I know I receive no less than 20 solicitation calls each week!  If the person is calling from a home phone, the number usually comes across with a name, but the cell phones do not.



When I bought my new Samsung 7 in October, it came with a free service for a short period of time to try.   I REALLY liked it.   It is called Name ID through T Mobile, and is only an additional $4.00 on my monthly bill.


What I like most, is the calls that truly are spam.   I got one this morning that said Scam or Fraud, so obviously, I just let it ring.  Sometimes it says Suspected Spam, and again, just let it ring, and never do they leave a message.


An appraiser called this morning, and their name came across as ID, just love it!  Plus is easy to find the number in the recent calls, as it has a name with the number, you don't have to guess.  This gives me a reason to answer or not.    


If you have this option through your phone provider, you should check it out!




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  1. Gabe Sanders 03/14/2017 11:50 PM
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April Swenson
Coldwell Banker Ocean Shores Brokers - Ocean Shores, WA
CRS and Managing Broker - Ocean Shores Real Estate

Thank you for sharing. This seems like a really neat tool. I am always Leary of any call that doesn't come from WA, OR, ID or CA.

Mar 04, 2017 10:16 AM #70
Alyse "Aly" Sands
Village Real Estate Services - Nashville, TN

This has become a huge problem for me. I don't know if I'm answering a sales call or a lead.  Just yesterday I downloaded a free app called Hiya that's supposed to filter out spam callers.  I didn't realize that the caller ID feature on T-Mobile would help with this.  If the app doesn't work I'm going to add it at your recommendation.  

Mar 04, 2017 10:45 AM #71
Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Hallmark Realtors - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

We always answer unrecognized numbers because it could be a client, and then, if we discover it's a robo-call, we block the number for next time. Clever robo-callers, however, have managed to use a new phone number each time. Would caller-id help?

Mar 04, 2017 11:14 AM #72
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire


Great tip for you are very fortunate to only get 20 per week. I had one AH solicitor call 5 times in an hour, cheers cvc

Mar 04, 2017 11:18 AM #73
Morgan Evans
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY

Great option you have with the caller ID, very useful, especially like you mentioned with the amount of spam calls we get every week.  I think 80% of my calls are probably spam and telemarketers.  

Mar 04, 2017 11:43 AM #74
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
your real estate writer

Since there's no cell service in our mountain valley, I don't use a cell phone - but I would love it if my land line caller ID gave the names of people calling from cell phones.

I still might answer when I didn't need to do so - because I never know the names of potential customers. I had a spam call yesterday that gave the person's name. Oh well, hanging up is easy to do.

Mar 04, 2017 12:07 PM #75
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I learned a lot from your post and the comments. Thanks for sharing.

Mar 04, 2017 05:18 PM #76
Alexander- Slocum
Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington - Vancouver, WA
Realty Team- Vancouver WA Real Estate

Hi Joan, this is a great service and we'll check to see if our carrier provides this.  Great comment coming in too.  Thanks!  John and Kat

Mar 04, 2017 06:19 PM #77
Noel Mayer

Joan Cox,

Thank you for sharing this information. A valuable service that's becoming more of  necessity now a days  to avoid unwanted calls  

Mar 05, 2017 04:00 AM #78
Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi Joan... I just got a new Samsung Galaxy 7, as well, but didn't pay for their service. Have been using a free one called Hiya on all my Samsungs to-date and it does much of the same... identifies potential spam before I pick up. And very accurately, as well. I'm horrified by the number of daily calls I get that are now spam... and now they are also moving to texts.

Mar 05, 2017 04:57 AM #79
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

I was not aware of this service, so thank you for sharing.

Mar 05, 2017 05:03 AM #80
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Area Real Estate

Looked it up & it didn't get the best reviews on Android.

Mar 05, 2017 01:57 PM #81
Sharone Ferrell
Houston, TX

Google Voice is a good option to filter spam calls.  There's a feature you can select which requires your callers to announce themselves  prior to you accepting their call.  At least for me, anyone calling to sell me something will normally hang up because they don't want to announce themselves.  In addition to Google Voice,  I use the free YouMail app on my cell phone, which provides a caller ID feature.  You have the option of selecting canned voicemail messages or you can create your own, even for spammers.  One of the voice messages states "You've reached a number that has been disconnected or is no longer in service".  Let's just say I use this option quite often.  :-)

Mar 05, 2017 04:09 PM #82
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I have been on a path the last year or more to block those scam and solicitation calls. I have done such a good job I have it down to just 2 or 3 a day ringing through.

Mar 05, 2017 06:18 PM #83
Diana Dahlberg
1 MONTH REALTY - Kenosha, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

I Love Caller ID!  I am very quick to block scammers and solicitation from vendors and people wanting my money.  The more consistent we are with this the better.  It takes a little time in the beginning, but in the long run it will save you time not answering the phone on wasted solications.

Mar 05, 2017 06:43 PM #84
Corinne Guest, Managing Broker
Barrington Realty Company - Barrington, IL
The Best in Buyer Representation

Free, and hi this is Julie, your Google listing expert.......Block.

Mar 06, 2017 07:14 AM #85
Sham Reddy
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

I let them all go to voicemail, if I don't identify the caller or the number does not ring a bett, or if I am not expecting a call from that party at that time

Mar 07, 2017 05:08 AM #86
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Love this feature.  Did not know it exists, but apparently it's for TMobile subscribers.  The comments above are very helpful, Google Voice I'll definitely check out.  Thanks!

Mar 13, 2017 10:10 AM #87
Randy Haller
Flagship Housing LLC, Select Realty, Brian Davis Properties LLC, Domestic Funding LLC - Rochester, NY
Real Estate Entrepreneur, Broker, Fund Manager

This post changed my life.  Thanks Joan.  Just started using the app Hiya per Nina's post.  Works great.  Doesn't get the caller ID for all calls...but almost...especially for other agents.  Now I know who's calling in advance. 

Mar 14, 2017 08:54 AM #88
Mick Michaud
Distinctly Texas Lifestyle Properties, LLC Office:682/498-3107 - Granbury, TX
Your Texas Lifestyle is Here!

I get the # showing up but nothing indicting who or why.  Sounds like a useful service.  I may get it if the spam calls pick up.

Apr 02, 2017 06:03 AM #89
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