[Solved] Wireless Caller displayed instead of phone number

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If you are wondering why you are being displayed “Wireless Caller” instead of the phone number on multiple instances when you receive a call from an unknown number, this is the article for you.

In the course of this article, we shall discuss why “wireless caller” is displayed instead of phone number and if there is a way to fix it.

Robo Callers

Robo callers are one way for phone companies and other carriers to make money. Since most (or all) phone companies make money out of calls, these robo callers are of interest to the carriers.

This is why the carriers often do not block these robo callers, especially if you remove the carrier’s premium call filtering services.

But what exactly is a robo call?

A phone call that is made using a computerized autodialer to deliver a prerecorded message as if it were coming from a robot is referred to as a robocall. Robocalls are frequently connected with telemarketing and political phone campaigns; nevertheless, they can also be utilized for the purpose of providing public service or making announcements regarding emergencies.

Auto-dialing software is utilized by numerous enterprises, including those in the telemarketing industry, in order to send prerecorded messages (such as appointment reminders, booking details, and so on) to millions of end customers. Some automated calls will play a customized audio message in order to give the impression that it is a real person calling. The use of the service has also been linked to an increased risk of fraud.

One way to get around this problem is by installing a call/spam call filter such as YouMail because most carrier call filters do not work well to stop robo calls.

One major drawback of these filters is that you may be able to block only one number which may not solve the problem since robo callers call from different numbers.

Thus, when you choose to go for Call Filters make sure that you choose a smart Filter that can detect spam calls and robo calls and block them automatically for you, instead of showing them as “Wireless Callers”.

Unregistered Callers

As per AT&T, in this thread, you may get the “Wireless Caller” display on your screen instead of the phone number in case the phone number is not registered with AT&T. Altnertivelt, as per AT&T, unregistered callers may also be displayed by the region they are calling from, instead of “Wireless Caller”.

Although this can sound absurd, the fact that AT&T only shows the phone numbers of those who are registered with the carrier (using the number they are calling from) can be frustrating.

Currently, there is no workaround for the same since you can not change carrier settings for the same.

However, you may reach out to the AT&T customer service (or any other carrier you’re facing this issue with) to get support (the services and response may not be very reliable as seen in the above thread, though).

Summing Up

If you were thinking that the “Wireless Caller” is a phone problem, you can rest assured that it’s not since it is a carrier problem. Your best bet to get around the issue would be to install spam filters if most of these “Wireless Callers” are robo callers for you.

If it’s the other way around, that is, if your carrier displays “Wireless Caller” for phone numbers that are not registered with the said carrier, all you can do is contact the carrier’s customer support. If like most times, the carrier executives do not respond, your best bet is to install a third-party Caller ID application that really works and make it the default app for making calls and identifying calls (you would still require your carrier to make calls).


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