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  1. #1 How to physically remove caller ID from my phone system? 
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    Hi:

    How do I completely remove the caller ID systems from the landline telephone system in my house?

    Caller ID decreases my privacy. I don't want to block, scramble, or otherwise modify my caller ID -- I just want the entire hardware systems that make up my caller ID gone -- without voiding my landline services. How do I do this?


    Thanks a bunch,

    GX


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    You can prevent the person you call seeing who is calling, on either a permanent or per call basis. Details depend on your phone company.

    Sounds like you want more than that though. But the phone company needs to know your ID so they can charge you.

    The only secure way is to buy a number of cheap cell (mobile) phones and prepaid SIM cards, and use each one for one call only. Expensive but completely private. (Make sure you buy them from different stores in different places and on different networks.)


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    Also make sure to ask for small, unmarked bills as ransom.
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    I don't have much sympathy for you. Whenever I get a phone call with the caller ID blocked, I simply do not answer the phone. The caller's privacy will be perfectly well protected. They just won't be talking to me, that's all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Green Xenon View Post
    Hi:

    How do I completely remove the caller ID systems from the landline telephone system in my house?

    Caller ID decreases my privacy. I don't want to block, scramble, or otherwise modify my caller ID -- I just want the entire hardware systems that make up my caller ID gone -- without voiding my landline services. How do I do this?


    Thanks a bunch,

    GX
    Other than using Strange's cellphone idea, it is kind of impossible. As has been said the phone company needs to know your ID both for billing and legal reasons. You can have your number and your listing registered as private, meaning the information won't display for other people.. There is one problem however, other people can add a service that trumps your privacy. When you call, what will happen is and automated system will inform you that the call can only be connected if your surrender your identity by pressing 1. Meaning it's largely impossible to guarantee your anonymity from a landline... Unless you do something crazy illegal, like wire yourself into somebody else's line and just use their's.

    And while the cellphone idea is truly badass, payphones might be a less expensive alternative.
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