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The phone does not show caller ID, just "Private Caller" or

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The phone does not show caller ID, just "Private Caller" or "Out of Area." My previous Panasonic model showed the caller's name. What should I do to fix this?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Phone Systems
Expert:  Nathan replied 1 year ago.

Hello, I’m Nathan, and I’ll be assisting you today. My livelihood depends on your positive feedback, so your satisfaction is my highest priority.

Sorry to hear you’re having trouble, David.

Can you tell me a bit more about the problem please:

1) If you have multiple handsets (within the same system), does this happen with all of them?
2) Are there other phones or even a fax, outside of this system but on the same line? If so are they working properly?
3) Is this a landline from the local phone/cable company, or a VOIP service (vonage/magicjack/etc)?
4) Do you have dsl service on the same line?
5) Full model of the phone(s) (printed on sticker on the base usually)

6) Does this happen with ALL calls (try testing from your own cell phone, etc)

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Comcast telephone service. All four phones do the same thing. KX-TGEA20. All calls.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Tried it from my ell phone. Says "Out of Area."
Expert:  Nathan replied 1 year ago.

That is the handset model, I'd need the model of the base.

More importantly, do you have any other phones (or even the old system) that you can test to see if they will display cid?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No other phones. Just a minute Ill get the base model #KXTGE260
Expert:  Nathan replied 1 year ago.

This could be a line problem or a panasonic issue. It is more likely a line problem though, as there is no setting on the pansonic that would prevent it from working. You could confirm that by testing another phone or even the old one if you still have it.

Next step is to call comcast and ask them to reset the line or confirm that you have active cid service on the account.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thanks. I'll call COMCAST.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
What happens to the credit card info I sent?
Expert:  Nathan replied 1 year ago.

That card is used as the payment for my support here. You are paying for my time and efforts to diagnose and explain the problem, not all issues can be resolved immediately online, and in cases like this where a line fault is implicated, I can only diagnose that for you and explain how to resolve it through your carrier.

After you speak with comcast, if you need further help, you can follow up with me here.

If you have any other questions, just let me know. Otherwise, please rate my service; hopefully I have earned 5 Stars. I also invite you to contact me directly with any future support needs at and ask for Nathan.

Thank you, ***** ***** a good day,



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Expert:  Nathan replied 1 year ago.

Do you need more help with this, David?