Finding out withheld numbers?

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  • BravoGolf Moderator 6 Nov 2006 14:45:04 12,747 posts
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    Hi chaps, does anyone know of a method to find out on ones mobile phone what the withheld number is?

    Like either software on the phone or call forwarding or summin
  • smoothpete 6 Nov 2006 14:46:33 31,581 posts
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    AFAIK there is no way. If it was a nuisance call scenario you might be able to get something done, otherwise it's unlikely i'm afraid
  • Fat-Boy 6 Nov 2006 14:47:19 4,300 posts
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    I think the only thing you can do is contact your network and inform them that you've been receiving nuiscance calls from a withheld number. But even then, they may not inform you of the number.
  • BravoGolf Moderator 6 Nov 2006 14:48:46 12,747 posts
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    Darn :) Not really nuisance calls as such insofar that they lasted only a day and weren't malicious or anything but nonetheless wanted to find out who it was.

    Provider won't tell me :-D
  • Fat-Boy 6 Nov 2006 14:50:47 4,300 posts
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    They're probably marketing calls from either your provider seeing if they can 'help' you, or from another network (usually '3') touting for your business.

    If it was anyone important they'd leave a message wouldn't they?
  • brokenkey 6 Nov 2006 14:51:35 7,090 posts
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    apparently, if you take the sim out of the phone, and put it in another phone, it will show the withheld number on your calls list.

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  • smoothpete 6 Nov 2006 14:53:06 31,581 posts
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    brokenkey wrote:
    apparently, if you take the sim out of the phone, and put it in another phone, it will show the withheld number on your calls list.
    I seriously doubt this works but I'm happy to be proved wrong
  • BravoGolf Moderator 6 Nov 2006 14:55:52 12,747 posts
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    Ohhh, will try that! Left my phone at home today, will check it out tonight.
  • brokenkey 6 Nov 2006 14:56:11 7,090 posts
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    smoothpete wrote:
    brokenkey wrote:
    apparently, if you take the sim out of the phone, and put it in another phone, it will show the withheld number on your calls list.
    I seriously doubt this works but I'm happy to be proved wrong

    Try it - I've never bothered myself but one of the sales people here told me they use it all the time.

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  • smoothpete 6 Nov 2006 14:57:01 31,581 posts
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    I really don't think that works, the SIM doesn't care what phone its in. The call ID info is filtered by the company, not the phone, so it never actually reaches you therefore wouldn't appear on the SIM no matter what you did with it.

    I think.
  • Fat-Boy 6 Nov 2006 14:59:15 4,300 posts
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    Surely your "Received calls" list is stored on your phone not the sim card?
  • smoothpete 6 Nov 2006 15:00:17 31,581 posts
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    Fat Boy wrote:
    Surely your "Received calls" list is stored on your phone not the sim card?
    Sim usually, depends on the handset
  • brokenkey 6 Nov 2006 15:01:14 7,090 posts
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    smoothpete wrote:
    I really don't think that works, the SIM doesn't care what phone its in. The call ID info is filtered by the company, not the phone, so it never actually reaches you therefore wouldn't appear on the SIM no matter what you did with it.

    I think.

    No actually the number is passed with a flag on it saying "do not display - for Withheld users.

    Number Unavailable is different

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  • smoothpete 6 Nov 2006 15:02:16 31,581 posts
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    Hmmm. Ok, sounds plausible
  • Gland 6 Nov 2006 15:04:53 78,479 posts
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    I'm suprised there aren't phone hacks to get around it. Withheld numbers are frankly creepy and shouldn't be allowed in any way, shape or form.

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  • UncleLou Moderator 6 Nov 2006 15:08:40 35,718 posts
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    Dirtbox wrote:
    I'm suprised there aren't phone hacks to get around it. Withheld numbers are frankly creepy and shouldn't be allowed in any way, shape or form.

    I have a mate who is bit paranoid and always withholds his number, yet won't answer the phone if someone calls him and he can't see the number.

    Almost ruined our friendship with arguing about these double standards. :p
  • Vroom 6 Nov 2006 15:10:56 4,644 posts
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    LOL, i have a friend who won't answer his phone unless he knows the number either. (and its not BG, yet ;o))

    Vroom

  • jellyhead 6 Nov 2006 15:11:59 24,350 posts
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    If a call comes in as a number or withheld then you'd better leave me a message. I never answer calls that aren't in my phonebook.
    I don't withold my number though.

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  • Gland 6 Nov 2006 15:12:28 78,479 posts
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    I normally hang it, they can leave a message that'll I'll also ignore if they like.

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  • Fat-Boy 6 Nov 2006 15:12:29 4,300 posts
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    I'm the same: Withheld Number = No answer from me. If it's important they'll leave a message.
  • smoothpete 6 Nov 2006 15:13:44 31,581 posts
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    I always pick my phone up, to whatever number. Don't really see the point of having it otherwise
  • jellyhead 6 Nov 2006 15:15:32 24,350 posts
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    smoothpete wrote:
    I always pick my phone up, to whatever number. Don't really see the point of having it otherwise
    I'm not lonely enough to feel the need to speak to everyone. :)

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  • smoothpete 6 Nov 2006 15:21:58 31,581 posts
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    jellyhead wrote:
    smoothpete wrote:
    I always pick my phone up, to whatever number. Don't really see the point of having it otherwise
    I'm not lonely enough to feel the need to speak to everyone. :)
    :'(
  • skuzzbag 6 Nov 2006 15:24:46 5,651 posts
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    Fat Boy wrote:
    I'm the same: Withheld Number = No answer from me. If it's important they'll leave a message.

    Same here. We also ignore our landline phone unless we are expecting a call from someone.


  • jellyhead 6 Nov 2006 15:24:53 24,350 posts
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    don't worry smoothpete, it's only because of the voices in my head. ;)

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  • BravoGolf Moderator 6 Nov 2006 15:31:04 12,747 posts
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    brokenkey wrote:
    smoothpete wrote:
    I really don't think that works, the SIM doesn't care what phone its in. The call ID info is filtered by the company, not the phone, so it never actually reaches you therefore wouldn't appear on the SIM no matter what you did with it.

    I think.

    No actually the number is passed with a flag on it saying "do not display - for Withheld users.

    Number Unavailable is different

    Ah ha, so there's got to be some way of removing that flag!
  • ScoutTech 6 Nov 2006 15:44:52 2,425 posts
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    If it works like the wired phone the number is held at the final telephone exchange so can be retrieved from there but the number never travels to your phone, just the witheld flag, so can not be revealed at all. I would expect that the mobile system works the same in that the call center removes the number and sends the number witheld flag to the phone.
  • Deleted user 30 August 2008 21:12:53
    My old mobile phone used to ring them back. Never had that since.
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