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Cell phone question

Preemptively, in my own defense, I assert that I'm not a total technophobe. I don't know how this would work because I've lived in cell phone dead zone for eight years, so my phone is usually turned off and floating around my car somewhere. I guess I may have to admit to being phone-phobic. I loathe talking on the phone and avoid it at any cost.

So here's my question, to keep my phone phobia from showing in my fiction:

If someone calls you for the first time on your cell phone from their cell phone, does their name come up in the caller I.D.? Or would you just see "cellular call" (like I do on my caller I.D. at home) or "New York Call" or something like that?

I have a character from one state calling a character from another state, both of them on cell phones. I guess I want to ensure that it's realistic for the first guy's name to pop up on the second guy's cell. If not, I'm thinking the second guy would have to store the incoming number an add a name to it in his phone's memory. But that seems like a lot of explaining for something that's really very minor.



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Jul. 3rd, 2009 02:32 pm (UTC)
When people call me who are not in my phone's memory, they come up as the number only. I don't get a name unless I've saved the name into my phone already.

It also doesn't tell me where the number is from, or whether it's a cell or land line.

Hope that helps... :)
Jul. 3rd, 2009 02:34 pm (UTC)
This is good - he could notice it's not his area code and then say "I saved the name" or something like that, and then the next time a call comes in it would display the name. Yay! Not to over-explainey.
Jul. 3rd, 2009 02:49 pm (UTC)
My phone displays the name if it's a big business, like Enterprise or and insurance company. Otherwise it just comes up a phone number or unknown caller.
Jul. 3rd, 2009 03:37 pm (UTC)
I think it depends on both the phone and the service provider. My old phone (a Motorola) would show regular caller ID information IIRC, but my iPhone shows only the number unless I already have a name associated with that number in my phone book.

If they've been in the same physical place at any point in time, the one guy could put his name and number into the other's phone, either with permission or when the second guy wasn't paying attention....
Jul. 3rd, 2009 03:59 pm (UTC)
if the number's been saved in the phones' address book/contacts, you'd get the name, otherwise, every phone I've ever used has just shown the number. (Caveat - UK context)
Jul. 3rd, 2009 08:54 pm (UTC)
I just get the phone number if it's someone whose name I don't already have saved in my phone. I've gotten random calls from New Jersey and Delaware. I recognize the area codes for those states.

If I get a call from someone I'd call back or want calls from, I add the person's name to my phone's address book.

My phone is an AT & T one. I've never had caller ID. Hope that helps. :) I can elaborate as much as you want me to.

Jul. 4th, 2009 09:44 am (UTC)
It seems to be the exception rather than the rule for a caller ID on a cell to work without something having been programmed first. Thanks for the answer! Nothing worse than minor details pulling readers out of a story.
Aug. 4th, 2009 08:02 am (UTC)
If it's a cell to cell call, it will only show the number. If it's a landline that's not blocked, it will show the normal caller ID designation for the number. If it's blocked, it will show "blocked" or "anonymous."
Aug. 4th, 2009 08:07 am (UTC)
Ah! This makes more sense... That would be why cell phone calls only say "cellular call" on my landline, too. Thank you!
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