So Yeah, *67 (star 67) Doesn’t Work Anymore

Some friends and I were arranging an exotic dancer for a friend’s going away party and learned the hard way that *67 doesn’t work to block your number from cell phones anymore. It won’t show up as “restricted” or “private caller” it shows up now as, well, you.

My friend who’s in the real estate business, who says he commonly calls clients using *67 and explains that he’s calling from a different location was mortified.

I’ll admit that i’ve made a few star 67 calls in my day.

Anyone know when this changed or why?

So yeah, the way we found out is that a few of the calls turned into prank calls and somehow (?!) the exotic dancers and their eminemy boyfriends called back.

Then we tried calling each others phones.

This sudden knowledge made the room feel like a Raymond Carver story, as if all of us were sitting at the glass breakfast table in silence, a bottle of cheap vodka in the center, tumblers all around, the 5am sun starting to shine through the window, and a feeling like we all lost our way somewhere.

Well, mostly Arash and Steve had that look about them.

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71 Comments on “So Yeah, *67 (star 67) Doesn’t Work Anymore
  1. I just used my Sprint phone to call my brother’s T-Mobile and it worked.
    I haven’t looked into it but I’m sure there’s a way to unblock any blocked number and I know that you can trace a call even if it shows up as private/unknown.

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  2. I tried *67 from my Spint phone and then called it back using my Vonage Phone and both shows Unknown Caller. So *67 is working in some areas. I have a friend who bought a prepaid phone card but when he calls the card number and then dials the number he wants to speak too, the Caller ID shows the original number he dailed from. You would think that the person he is speaking with would get the caller ID from the Prepaid Service number. I guess there is on way to prevent that except *67 if it works in his area?

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  3. #33# works too if your *67 number doesnt work. hahah it’s new as of like the beginning of 2007, for anyone who doesnt know… there a couple others aswell but im not sure what they are. your welcome :)

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  4. This is why *67 didn’t work when you tried it:

    “It is imperative that you are aware that there are certain cases when blocking your number will not work. For instance, if you call a toll free number (I.E. 800, 866, 877, 888, etc.) your caller information will be automatically displayed to the toll free recipient. The same applies for Emergency services (I.E. 911, the fire department, etc.), who are able to not only see your number, but also your address and the location from which you are placing the call.”

    http://www.losangeleschronicle.com/articles/view/58059

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  5. I know *67 works for me, but I was just informed that the person I call when I used this feature can see my phone number on their monthly phone bill! Say it isn’t so!

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  6. Hi, the reality is… In most cases, it works, meaning if you want to call your friend anonymously, chances are it will work. But the telephone networks are capable of providing the information anyways. I have a virtual phone number that receives calls and I’ve tried to hide my number by dialing *67, but it always knows the number I’m calling from. Anyone who calls me and leaves me a message also leaves me a phone number automatically, no matter if they want to or not :).

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  7. still works for me…just called a cingular cell from my nextel and said private call.

    @Ron
    the phone bill only displays the numbers that were dialed out, the phone bill does not show who called only who you called. If that person that informed you, called your #, then that is why it is displayed on that persons phone bill.

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    • That’s not true people that call you can be displayed on your own bill depending on the plan and company you have. Some companies also allow you to display all calls on your bill. This service was created to prove telemarketing problems which are illegal on cell phones in most states.

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  8. I am still recieving Star 67 phone calls. I have gotten four today. Is there anyway to unrestrict the restricted numbers?

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  9. *67 also only works if the telecommunications company(s) that carry(s) your phone call has what is called CLI restriction in its signaling. The problem is, your call may hit several different ‘networks’ and one of those may in fact strip the restriction and pass CLI anyway…but they aren’t really suppose to

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  10. @Amanda

    call your carrier. they can set it up so that you will not receive the blocked calls at all. The calling party will receive a message that your phone will not accept calls from blocked or restricted numbers.

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  11. *67 doesn’t work for toll-free numbers, because the receiver pays for the call, and hence they are entitled to see the number.

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  12. Toll-Free numbers are entitled to see the ANI (the number you are calling from) since they are paying for the phone call (hence, Toll-Free). Local or Long-Distance direct calls that you will pay-for using your cell minutes – just dial *67 and then the Area Code and the phone number. The recipient of your call will see UNAVAILABLE or PRIVATE CALLER or UNKNOWN CALLER.

    NEVER, NEVER,…. never try to use *67 with ANY Emergency Service because they WILL FIND YOU! Your Info will show no matter what you press (ie- they will then have your name & number, cell phone carrier, and your address). They can also quickly Triangulate your position between the Cell Towers you’re near as they think that you may actually be in harm’s way, acting as if your call is a matter of Life and Death. Bad stuff. Don’t do it!

    Anyway, you CAN still use *67 before the phone number you are dialing from your cell phone when dialing regular numbers (will see UNAVAILBLE, etc).

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  13. you idiots need to learn your shit. it works same as always just not with 911,112,etc

    go smoke some more marijuana and fuck a whore tonight

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    • dude calm the fuck down , your the one who need’s to chill and smoke!!!…..jeasus imagine if I asked a real ?. Take a roxy and come on get happy!!!!! Not all people who ask fucked up questions are stupid and high. “i’m sorry I did’nt know you were so perfect…..well time to roll a fatty. thanks dave it’s been a pleasure. remember “IF YOUR NOT LIVING ON THE EDGE, YOUR TAKING UP TOO MUCH SPACE!!!!!!!(LOL)

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  14. Call the phone service provider and have them check the function for you. This is a function that is set on the phone companies equipment (via a computer terminal). It is possible they have this function shut off on your particular account by mistake or ANOTHER REASON (but they will never admit it).

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  15. Yeah, star 67 doesn’t work for my T-mobile cell phone anymore either as of the last few weeks. I had to figure that out the hard way as well

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  16. B”H
    ‘Anybody know what legal recourse I have for a threat from an unlisted caller left on my answering machine? The cops are too bureaucratic to answer me over the phone.

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  17. um yea i just used *67 and it didnt work, i feel like an asshole. I used it from my tmobile iphone im not sure what service the number i called was on. I just made a total idiot out of myself, wtf!!!

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  18. I am looking for a list of all the (*) star-numbers. I know that there is star-67 for blocking your number from the caller id of those you call, and star-82 for unblocking your number, so that you can call ppl who block ppl who block their phone numbers, when they have them as restricted. As well as star-66 so that the your phone will ring with a special ring when the number that you just called, which is busy, is no longer busy; as well as star-69 which gives you the most recent phone number that called your number.

    But, I remember seeing a list, like seriously, ten years ago, that had at least nine or ten different star-numbers on it, along with a description on it for each star-number. I think I called my phone company and had them send it to me. And I might try that soon but, the company that I am with now is filled with representatives to stupid to understand this concept, honestly.

    Can anyone give me a list of what they are or the correct url, to a web page, that will that will help me understand this?

    Thanks,
    Morpheus

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  19. my one question is….

    who are all of you dishonest shits who make all these calls with the need to have your number blocked? what the fuck is wrong with you people? what kind of shit are you doing that requires you to try to block your number??

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    • Not all of us are dishonest. In my case, the person being called is living with an an abusive parent who spent her life beating the crap out of this kid physically and now that she can no longer do it physically, she does it emotionally. She hates me because I encouraged him to go away to college which she didn’t want him to do and he listened to me so at least he is not home all the time. Seeing as how she has already threatened me and I had to change my cell number, I am not about to reveal my number when I call him on his visits back to the city (I try not to but it is the only way we could ever connect). So I will use *67.

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      • SORRY BUD!! i WAS ABUSED TOO. gIVE ME FIVE MIN. WITH THAT BITCH AND TRUST ME SHE’LL CHANGE HER TUNE. YOUR FRIEND IS LUCKY TO HAVE YOU!! GOOD LUCK , ILL SAY A PRAYER FOR HIM,(OK BEFORE ALL YOU GUY’S THINK IM SOME RELIGIOUS FREAK, NOPE, BUT THERE COME A TIME WHEN PRAYER’S CANT HURT),ANY FUCKEN C–T WHO DOES THAT TO HER OWN BLOOD, WELL LET ME SAY KARMA’S A BITCH!!!!!

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    • MAYBE YOU GUY’S MISUNDERSTOOD ME, I’M THE ONE WHO’S GETTING THE CALLS THAT SAY UNKNOWN, NOT ME TRYING TO BLOCK MY #!!!!!! GET IT NOW SWEETIE!!!!!NOW BACK TO MY FATTY AND MY BLUES (AAH)

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  20. back in the day when we all used dailup and things to log onto bbs’s when the internet wasn’t really around.. well.. i had bought a modem that did caller id as well.. when someone called using star 67 all it did was append a P in front of the number that was supposed to instruct the hardware (your phone or modem or cid unit) to display private.. but my modem just displayed P8155551212.. that is.. until i gave it a flash upgrade.. oops.. then it only displayed private..

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  21. In response to ABE’s posting on 02 Sept 2009, 10:07AM…

    While I cannot speak for all those individuals who use *67 to prank call others, I can assure you that there are quite a large number of us who work in the social service field WHO MUST block our numbers when calling clients (especially when the phones are not supplied by our agencies) as to avoid calls at 3AM telling us that their child just came home past their curfew and what are we going to do about it.

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  22. I think some phone networks have some sort of deciphering program. I used *67 calling an 800 number and they KNEW who I was. Then I tried calling from my home to cell and it did work. I’m calling the phone co. to find out what gives.

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  23. Ok here star67 does work and it comes up as private caller but the person can just dail star69 and then call you back. so becarful

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  24. you guyz know that any body can see this includeing the cops right and some of you have your first and last names on this witch can make it extreamly easy to track u just reminding u byeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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    • IT’S ALL GOOD IM ONLY FUCKEN AROUND , THEY’RE MORE THAN WELCOME TOO COME OVER. I’M A OLD LADY JUST TALKING I’M NOT THAT STUPID OR STONED!! THANKS FOR LOOKING OUT PEACE

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  25. I believe it does work. I’ve just experimented by calling some of my own numbers to see if it still works, it does. There are some servers that won’t let you through unless you try to identify yourself as protection/

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  26. Uhhh duh fuck face…it does work. I think you need to learn your shit bitch fuck. Put that in your juice box and SUCK IT!!!!!!!!

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  27. *69 is not able to I.D. a blocked (*67) call anymore,
    due to legal action taken…at least in the 14-State Qwest region. Be careful, though, because technology can fail at times. A pre-paid calling card, which does work on in-town calls, will cause the 800 access number to be displayed, rather than your own number. This Caller I.D. cat-mouse game is quite a challenge at times. We sometimes need privacy for legit reasons.

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  28. Never prank call Sony. I gave them a fake number an he is like: so you number is (and he says my real number) and I hang up and turn my phone off

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  29. It DOES NOT work. I *67 Home Depot, my bank and a credit card, The response… “I see you are calling from a number on your account so lets get started.”

    You should watch the movie The Big Hit with Marky Mark & Christina Applegate Trace Buster Buster…

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