I no longer use a home phone (cell phone only), but when I had a home phone I could buy a caller ID box. It would identify the number and name of the person calling. My cell phone only identifies the caller if it's in my address book. Granted, I am a laggard and don't use a smart phone. My cell phone always displays the number calling me but never the name.The only way I can find to get true caller ID on a phone is with an app like this article says:http://www.pcworld.com/article/202628/whos_calling_android_app_promises_true_caller_id.htmlI find this to be ridiculous. Why do I have to buy an app to get real caller ID on a cell phone when my land line had it 20 years ago with a 10 dollar caller ID box? I think my basic cell phone should give true caller ID. why is that such a difficult request?
As a fellow cell phone user, I share your frustrations in the lack of caller ID and not knowing who is calling me.
Perhaps our phone service providers just want to save money by not investing in this valuable service for us.
It would also require different phone service providers to share information (i.e. the names) of their customers with each other, and they are not usually very good at sharing information with each other as they are in competition with each other.
The other problem with this is what if a person has two phones - how would you which phone number they were calling from, for example.
So far, the phone service providers have not come up with a good solution for your very good request...
Have you tried the smart phone app I provided in the link? Does it solve the problem?
I have not tried this particular app, but it is the most promising one I have seen, and it comes with a 7 day free trial: http://www.privacystar.com/
12+ years experience installing and repairing electronics.