Have you had to have your phone number changed to an unlisted number?

@lalav1 (1056)
United States
December 29, 2006 9:15pm CST
I had to change my phone number only once to an unlisted number due to someone harrassing me. I was dating someone at the time who had an ex-wife and 3 kids. We were getting close to breaking up at this point as his ex started calling me at work. Plus some of his drunk relatives called me up as well. I called the phone operator and asked if I could get an unlisted number. The first thing she asked me is if I was being harrassed by someone on the phone, I told her yes I was. She said they usually charge for an unlisted number, but because it was the first time for me, she would not charge me. I thought that was really nice of her. Boy, did that tick off the ex-wife and surprised my boyfriend, he was willing to take a lot more from her than I was.
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• Canada
4 Jan 07
Not yet, but almost. I was harassed by some unknown people. Good for you for changing your number, and showing that BF you weren't going to take his crap...and howcome his ex-wife had your number anyway?
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@lalav1 (1056)
• United States
7 Jan 07
Not many people had cell phones back then and sometimes she would would call with a concern or information about their kids.
• Canada
31 Dec 06
yes had my number made private when i kept getting phone calls from a lady who said she new me and i was her daughter. it was really creepy especially when i live at home with both parents and have proof that they are mine. i told her she was nuts and my name eand everything but she keot calling. so i had to change my number to an unlisted one
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@lalav1 (1056)
• United States
7 Jan 07
She sounds nuts too me.
@krizz420 (4389)
• Canada
31 Dec 06
Ya my mom dated this guy for awhile a few years back and when they broke up he got really mean so we moved and had to change our number 5-10 times at least.
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@lalav1 (1056)
• United States
3 Jan 07
Sounds like he was a phone stalker.
@yorb24 (2181)
• United States
31 Dec 06
I've never had to do that before. It sounds like his ex has some major problems. Calling you at work? and then his relatives too? What is he doing, passing your number around to everyone? That's really strange. At least now your number is changed and you won't have problems anymore.
@msqtech (15226)
• United States
9 Jan 07
I think that the only way is to screen calls and you dont need unlisted for that
@meljessxena (2317)
• Australia
31 Dec 06
yeah i keep my mobile unlisted and only give it to the peolpe that i know, and well i have had to change my number a few times because the people i gave it turned on me, and well soon i change it then they cant annoy me
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@lalav1 (1056)
• United States
3 Jan 07
Good for you.
• United States
30 Dec 06
I did one better than that. It got to the point where people were calling and to make a long story short, i didnt like the people who were calling. I changed the number, they still called, made it private, still called. Come to find out a insiderr on the family kept given them the number. So i did one better, i disconnected the phone, and got cell phones. This way i could control the people calling, the incoming calls, and people that i didnt want to call, i could black list them, or just set the phone to restrict all incoming calls that i didnt approve. So good luck. I know i had to work to put a stop to it.
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@lalav1 (1056)
• United States
3 Jan 07
Good for you. You gotta do what ya gotta do, right.
@Melizzy (1381)
• United States
30 Dec 06
Was it the three kids or the jealous ex-wife that finally made you wake-up and dump the guy? With three kids, his child support probably took most of his paycheck. Try to avoid wives and children. Life is to short to be bothered by such as that.
@lalav1 (1056)
• United States
3 Jan 07
There were lots of reasons. I loved his kids. Didn't care for his extended family, who spoke both english and spanish, but chose to speak in spanish at all family functions. Also there were too many family functions, every weekend! You're right, life is way to short to be bothered like that.
@kareng (7980)
• United States
30 Dec 06
I have but not for the reasons you did. My husband used to work in law enforcement. We would get calls from people we knew and some that we just merely knew who they were. They would want various things...can you send a unit over here, a ticket fixed, what would you do if...., sort of things. I got tired of being woken up at night and had the number unlisted. It has worked out fine. I'm glad you put a stop to the harrassment.
@lalav1 (1056)
• United States
3 Jan 07
That would bother me.
30 Dec 06
Once one of my housemates kept getting calls from someone she used to work with who had a grudge against her. I think he must have had a crush on her though she said not. One night he ordered three pizza deliveries to our house that we didn't want! So we changed the numbers and he gave up. I think he must have been a bit unwell in the head.
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@lalav1 (1056)
• United States
3 Jan 07
He sounds like kind of a nut bag.
@caramello (4381)
• Australia
30 Dec 06
We have had an unlisted phone number for quite a few years now and it is the best thing we could have done, having experienced prank calls at all hours in the morning, an irate ex-girfriend of my sons, and those calls at meal times from people trying to sell you something. Do not miss it one bit!
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@lalav1 (1056)
• United States
7 Jan 07
I'm with you. I love unlisted phone numbers and answering machines so you can screen your calls. The phone ringing is almost always an interruption.
• United States
30 Dec 06
Yes, in fact I have had an unlisted number for many years. I would get calls at all hours of the day and it really annoyed the heck out of me. I didn't mind paying the extra for the unlisted number. It was worth it to have less calls and know that the ones I did receive were from people I wanted to talk to.
@lalav1 (1056)
• United States
3 Jan 07
Yeah, it's great. I hated salesman calling.
@kstanley7 (1172)
30 Dec 06
what the hell???? No one should have to go through something so pathetic as that. no offence but come on, an ex constantly calling, then calling your work ? I'm sorry but I have to enquire how old is she.... 11 ?? because shes acting like one. are you still with this guy, and are the calls still happening ?
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@lalav1 (1056)
• United States
3 Jan 07
No, this was years ago and she only started calling towards the end of the relationship and it took only one time of her calling me at work and at home for me to change my number. She was really ticked off about that,lol.
• United States
31 Dec 06
We have our phone unlisted and only give it out to people we want to give it to like family and very few friends. Now our son gave the number out all over the place so I use my answering machine to screen the calls as well as my caller ID. Most of the people he gave it out to have stopped calling since no one answered or returned their calls.
• United States
31 Dec 06
Yes, my phone number is unlisted for about 3 years now. I got very tired of solicitors calling me all hours of the day trying to sell something. I haven't had any harrassment problems though. I have been dating around but very careful who I talk to, but I guess I could have problems like you have gone through. I just try to be careful.
@kgwat70 (13396)
• United States
31 Dec 06
I have never had to do that and am sorry that you went through the experience of someone harrassing you. I would have done the same thing as you. Telemarketers were the only ones harrassing me when I had a landline phone. If I get a landline phone again, I will make sure mine is unlisted as well.
@pendragon (3354)
• United States
30 Dec 06
If i had my way, I'd change it every few years just to throw everyone off,lol.I have had stalkers though,and i just dealt with it instead of changing anything, now i wish I had.
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@UcoksBaBa (802)
• Indonesia
30 Dec 06
I will replace the number of my telephone when I was often telephoned by the unclear person or the person that I did not recognise, but I will inform my closest friends, that I replaced the number of my telephone with that was new, but if you were in the situation like that was good in place of the number of your telephone.
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@sharone74 (4839)
• United States
30 Dec 06
Yes I have had to do that. It is a pain in the tush because when you unlist it then the people that you forgot to give the new number to can't call directory assistance and get it! You can loose a lot of friends this way and it is a pain because it is not your fault that you have to change it which can lead to resentment.
• United States
30 Dec 06
yes, so many times:)
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@sunita64 (6474)
• India
30 Dec 06
Well yes once someone was calling my sister, we never knew the person so instead of unlisted number we got one phone with caller Id facility so that we may report the abuse to the phone authorities, For caller Id phone also some extra charges are there, but that solved the problem, first we never picked the phone and also reported.
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