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The CenturyLink home phone is a great service that you can pair with your internet plan to get the most out of the services offered by CenturyLink. And if you think you don’t have any use for a home phone, then think again, because this is not just your regular home phone service. The CenturyLink home phone comes with several features making it the perfect companion for communication.

However, we know that there could be only two reasons you are on this page, reading this blog. Either you have signed up for the CenturyLink home phone service or you are considering whether it is worth it. Whichever your reason is, today’s blog will talk specifically about the call blocking feature for CenturyLink home phone and how you can block any unwanted calls you might receive.

We all know how annoying it is to get unwanted calls from scammers, fraudsters, and even prank calls. It is even more infuriating when you get calls from people you have or want to cut out from your life. While this is something that is not much of a problem when it comes to cell phones, with landlines, it can get a bit tricky.

The good news is that CenturyLink home phone comes with a blocking feature so you can free yourself of those annoying calls on your landline as well. How do you do that? There are several ways to do it. Let’s go through all of them in some detail to get a clearer picture.

Use the Calling Features Provided By CenturyLink

Whether it’s a scam call or a computerized telemarketing call, you can use the CenturyLink calling features to block these calls. To activate this, just call the CenturyLink Update Center by pressing *78 or just call 888-(area code)-8052. Note that you can use this number for all areas, except certain areas in the states of Minnesota, Iowa, Oregon, and Arizona. The number that you can use in these certain areas for these states are given below:

  • For the area code 952 or 763 in Minnesota, you can call the number 888-612-8052.
  • For the area code 641 in Iowa, you can call the number 888-515-8052.
  • For the area code 928 in Arizona, you can call the number 888-520-8052.
  • For the area code 971 in Oregon, you can call the number 888-503-8052, whereas for the area code 458 in the same state, call the number 888-541-8052.

Do note that you will be asked for a security code the first time you call. In that case, just enter 1234 as it is the temporary code. Later on, you will need to change the security code for safety reasons. This security code will help you manage various calling features on your account.

Anonymous Call Rejection

This feature helps you block any anonymous calls and calls from private numbers as well. If, for example, a salesperson were to call you and his number is blocked, they will hear a message stating that their call will not be accepted as it has been blocked. If they wish to get through to you, they will need to hang up and then call again, but not before pressing *87. After they do this, their call will get through to you, but you will be able to see their name and number for this one call. Of course, then the choice is up to you whether you want to pick up the call or not.

While this feature is available in every area where CenturyLink WiFi or internet services are available, there are some differences. In some areas, the anonymous call rejection comes with caller ID, while in others, it comes without. In that case, you will need to place an order for it separately. Moreover, when you first install it, it is turned off by default, so, to turn it on, press *77 on your phone. You will hear two beeps once it turns on.

Note that this feature will only help you block anonymous and private calls, however, if the caller is out of the area, unknown, or cannot be classified for whatever reason, he/she/they will not be blocked by this feature.

The Call Rejection Feature

With this feature, you will be able to block any specific numbers like the people you don’t want to hear from again. You can enter the list of phone numbers that you want to block and let the feature do its work. How does this feature work? Read below:

  • Create a rejection list where you add the phone numbers you want to block.
  • When a blocked caller tries to call you, they will hear a pre-recorded message stating that you’re not accepting calls.

One thing to note about this feature is that you will need to order it and then add it to your account. And once you do add it, it will be turned off by default and you will need to turn it on by dialing *60. If, at any point, you need to switch off call rejection, just press *80.

The maximum limit of numbers that you can block with this feature is 10. If you upgrade this feature and get the Enhanced Call Rejection, you will be able to block up to 25. Keep in mind that Enhanced Call Rejection is available in certain areas only.

If you forgot to put a number in the rejection list or didn’t remember the number itself, you can add it to the list right after you get a call from that number. Just after the phone has stopped ringing, pick up the receiver, press *60, and then follow the recorded instructions.

Do Not Disturb Feature

The Do Not Disturb feature, much like its name suggests, blocks any incoming calls from 10 pm to 6 am. This is for all seven days of the week and there are no exceptions to this feature. However, you are able to customize the timings for the call curfew. To add this feature to your landline, you will need to reach out to CenturyLink customer service. After adding the feature, you can manage it by dialing *78 from your phone. This feature may induce a recurring charge on top of a nonrecurring charge based on your state of residence.

Other Ways to Block a Call

Let’s look at some other ways one can block a call. These techniques are not included as features associated with CenturyLink home phone, rather these are some general but effective methods that can be used by CenturyLink WiFi users.

Make Use of the Do Not Call List

To use the National Call Registry, you will need to add your number to the Do Not Call list that the Federal Trade Commission manages. This service is 100% free and once your number has been on the list for about 31 days or more, you will stop receiving calls from telemarketers. However, this is not complete immunity, rather it’s like a filter. The businesses that the government recognizes as legitimate will still be able to reach you occasionally.

You are also likely to receive calls from charities, political organizations, or any companies that you have purchased from in the last 18 months. If you have given written permission to some companies for contacting you, then they will be able to do so. So, you should read carefully when you are signing something while shopping or signing up.

Use a Call Blocker Device

You can use a device such as V5000 Call Blocker, which helps you to block nonsense calls. You can block any call on the spot even, thanks to this device. There are already about 5000 numbers added to the device’s memory that are just nuisance callers. Additionally, you can block up to 1500 callers or numbers.

The Final Word

There you have it! Now you know exactly what to do to block an unwanted or spam call. It isn’t very difficult now, is it? And in fact, it’s quite handy, especially with all the spam calls, or telemarketing calls you receive. While there is no need to buy every feature mentioned here, if you want to get the most out of a landline, it would be ideal. CenturyLink home phone, after all, comes with quite some features itself, and that also either free of cost or for a low fee. Some of these features are voice mail, call tracing, call waiting, etc. So, what have you decided?

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can you block phone numbers on CenturyLink home phone?

Yes, you can block specified numbers or anonymous and private calls using a CenturyLink home phone service. To block anonymous and private callers, you will have to activate the anonymous call rejection feature. And if you want to block specified numbers, you will need to activate the call rejection feature.

Does *77 block calls?

By pressing *77, you are actually activating the anonymous call rejection feature for your CenturyLink home phone. With the anonymous call rejection, any calls from a private number or anonymous calls will be blocked.

What do I dial to block a number for CenturyLink Wi-Fi?

CenturyLink offers multiple features so that their user can block any unwanted or scam calls. Depending on which types of calls you are looking to block, you will need to dial something different.

  • For anonymous and private call rejection, dial *77 to turn on the feature.
  • For specified number blocking or call rejection, dial *60 to turn on the feature.