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Caller ID Numbers

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  1. I’m entering a number to validate as a Caller ID but my phone never rings.

  2. I’m entering a number to validate as a Caller ID and my phone rings but it doesn’t accept my 6 digit code.

  3. I’m entering a number to validate as a Caller ID but I see “Twilio Error: Account not allowed to call…” my number.

  4. Can I have my name show up to people I call rather than the Caller ID number?

  5. People I call see a strange name on their phone’s display – why?

Questions & Answers

I’m entering a number to validate as a Caller ID but my phone never rings.

To add a number as a Caller ID that number must ring to a phone directly when it is dialed. It cannot be handled by any type of automatic answer, such as an auto-attendant. If your desired Caller ID number is answered automatically then you must temporarily configure it to ring directly to a phone you can answer while you are validating it as a Caller ID. Once you have it validated you can change it back to the original configuration.

I’m entering a number to validate as a Caller ID and my phone rings but it doesn’t accept my 6 digit code.

First of all, make sure you’re not using the speakerphone when you are entering the digits. That can cause echos that cause the digits to not be transmitted correctly.
If that doesn’t resolve it then the problem is usually caused by the carrier who provides service to the phone you receive the call on – they are not passing your 6 digits correctly.
There are a couple approaches to try.
1 – The quickest solution is to forward the calls on that phone to ring at a second phone which is on a different service provider.  Then try adding the Caller ID number again. This time the second phone should ring and you can enter the digits.  Once the Caller ID is authorized you can remove the forwarding.
2 – If #1 is not possible then the alternative is to engage Twilio support to trace your Caller ID authorization attempts. They will collect data and then contact the service provider for the phone number you are trying to authorize.  They can usually get that service provider to correct the issues in their network that is causing digits to send incorrectly.  Send an email to support@turbodial.biz if you need to use this approach.

I’m entering a number to validate as a Caller ID and my phone rings but I see “Twilio Error: Account not allowed to call…” my number.

This typically happens because you did not include your country code when you typed your number. For example, for numbers in the U.S. you must enter the number starting with +1.

Can I have my name show up to people I call rather than the Caller ID number?

There are two cases to consider.

First, for a number you own and obtained from another carrier such as your mobile phone carrier or your company’s local phone service provider, your name or company name can show up when you use that number as a Caller ID. If that is not happening then you should consult with the carrier from whom you obtained the number.

However, for numbers you acquire in turboDial (that is, Twilio numbers) you cannot have your name or company name displayed. Only the Caller ID number will be displayed when you use a Twilio number as your Caller ID. See more information from Twilio here.

People I call see a strange name on their phone’s display – why?

This can happen when you acquire a number in turboDial and then use it as a Caller ID.  The name displayed on a phone when a call arrives is called the “Caller Name” display.  That data is displayed by the phone provider for the person receiving the call, and that phone provider retrieves it from a nationwide “Caller Name Database” which is called the CNAM Database.

The CNAM Databases are not always accurate. For example, when someone gives up their phone number the name associated with that phone number may not be immediately deleted from the CNAM Database.

So, if you acquire a number in turboDial, if that number had been recently assigned to someone the CNAM Database may still contain the data associated with the previous user.   It may take a few weeks for the old data to be removed.

If you are having this problem you may decide to give up the phone number and acquire another one.

Here is Twilio’s comment on this problem:

Determining the calling name (in the United States) is the responsibility of the called party’s (callee) terminating carrier e.g: AT&T / Sprint etc. For each call, they will do a look-up to a CNAM database to determine the name that is currently registered to the caller’s number. Not all carriers reference the same database — there are several CNAM database providers, and the terminating carrier will typically contract with one of these providers for CNAM service. The caller ID or CNAM database entries are displayed on recipients phones based on the query that the recipients network does to their own version of the CNAM database it is because there is no central CNAM database you can have scenarios where when you call an AT&T number it displays caller ID X but when you call a Sprint number it displays caller ID Y as they both may use two different databases. Getting them updated can sometimes be a long and intricate process, there are services that can do CNAM updates on your behalf but they can be expensive.

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