How to Block 800 Numbers

Tired of receiving telemarketing calls and wish to put an end to this daily disturbance? Are you looking for some solutions regarding how to block 800 numbers? If yes, then read on and find some useful tips related to blocking 800 numbers from calling you.
Techspirited Staff
Last Updated: Sep 6, 2018
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Are you sick and tired of receiving about a ton of '800 number' marketing, business or insurance calls all day long? Many times you come home tired from work and find your answering machine filled with these '800 number' calls and do not leave any voice messages behind.
And yes, the computer or the person who continues to give you calls does not understand the term 'time difference'. Thus, these calls continue to harass well into the night.
This makes you wonder how to block '800 numbers' from calling my home phone. These people or preprogrammed computers always call from a new number, making it impossible to block each call individually on your home phone or cell phone. There is one simple way that you can try to block these numbers from harassing you.
What are 800 Numbers?
The 800 numbers are toll-free numbers that many companies have to address issues of their customers. The toll-free numbers are referred to as '800 numbers' in North America. The 800 number is the area code like 888 that is in use since 1995. 877 and 866 are also in use in the United States.
Calls to these toll-free numbers are paid by the companies, so the caller, that is the customer does not have to pay money for these calls. The same companies do call the customers using the 800 numbers for mass marketing. Thus, sometimes different companies keep calling customers all day long trying to sell or market their services or products.
Block 800 Numbers from Calling My Home Phone
In order to block these telemarketing calls, one needs to register their home phone number with the National Do Not Call Registry. This service is operated under the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The Do-Not-Call Improvement Act of 2007 became a law in February 2008.
Under this law, telephone numbers that are placed on the National Do Not Call Registry will remain so permanently. Thus, there are over 157 million phone numbers placed on this Registry. This gives Americans a choice about getting their numbers registered and blocking telemarketing calls disturbing them at home.
Under this act, you will no longer receive any unsolicited calls from telemarketing companies. However, you will receive calls from or on behalf of a charity organization, political organizations as well as telephone surveyors. You will also receive calls from companies with whom you have an existing business relationship.
They can call you for 18 months after you make a purchase with them. However, if you choose to place the company under do not call list, they have to respect your decision. But, how does one go about blocking the 800 numbers from their home phone? Let's find out.
In order to block 800 numbers from calling your home phone, you can visit the 'Do Not Call' website. Here, you will get information related to the service. You can click on the link on the left hand side of the page that says, 'Register A Phone Number'.
When you click the link, you will be guided to a new page. The page provides you with instructions about registering your number. One can enter three numbers along with your email address on this site.
Once you register your home phone number, you will receive a message from the 'register@donotcall.gov'. This email address will contain a link that helps you complete your registration request. After you confirm verification, you won't be plagued by 800 numbers any more, if your number remains on the registry for 31 days.
Apart from online registration, you can even register by phone. You need to call '1-888-382-1222' (TTY 1-866-290-4236). This is the number for National Do Not Call Registry.
You will be asked to press '1' on your phone's keypad and then register your cell phone number. You need to type your home phone number with the area code. Your number will now be registered for blocking unwanted telemarketing calls.
Block 800 Numbers from Cell Phone
If you are getting these 800 number calls from cell phones, you need to follow the given instructions. Either visit the online website for Do Not Call or call the phone number. Register your 10 digit cell phone number and block these callers from calling you on your cell phone.
If you still receive calls from companies after registering your number for at least 31 days, you can file a complaint. Either visit the ftc.gov website or call the toll-free numbers 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357); TTY: 1-866-653-4261. Hope the information helped you put an end to the irritating, unwanted calls from the 800 numbers.