iPhone Calling

Why is my number blocked when I call from the iPhone?

Have people asked you why you're blocking your phone number? The iPhone can automatically turn off your caller ID when dialing out. Chances are, if your iPhone number is blocked on other people's phones this setting is engaged. To show others your phone number follow these steps:

1. Navigate to Settings -> Phone -> Show My Caller ID
2. Select ON

Now when you call, devices capable of reading the caller ID will display your number instead of a "Blocked" message.

Make and Use Alias iPhone Numbers with Burner

Now you can protect the privacy of your phone number with the iPhone app Burner. Not only can you create a temporary alias phone number that will appear as your caller ID with outgoing calls, the number will kick incoming calls to your line and/or an anonymous voicemail automatically. The numbers work with text messaging as well.

iPhone app Burner

When you're finished using the number it can be deleted forever. The developer Ad Hoc Labs explains that Burner numbers are great for "dating, job searches, short-term projects, craigslist transactions, Twitter, Tumblr, and other social media" or for any other time you don't want to distribute your real phone number.

How can I store an international number in iPhone Contacts?

Dialing an international number on the iPhone requires the "+" symbol ahead of the phone number. The Contacts app can store these numbers so they can be dialed automatically.

Create a contact or navigate to an existing contact and select the phone number field. To add "+" when storing an international phone number, touch the button in the lower left hand corner of the keypad marked "+*#". This will switch the number keypad over to symbols and the "+" sign will appear where the 0 (zero) button was.


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