T-Mobile Caller ID on Landline Phones?
December 15, 2010 3:21 PM   Subscribe

Using cell phone with T-Mobile and wondering - do names and the number show up on a landline Caller ID?
posted by Gerard Sorme to Technology (11 answers total)
Quite often, the caller ID name for people who call me using cell phones does not have the caller's name, but rather something generic such as "KNOXVILLE TN" or "BELLEVUE WA" or "CELL PHONE OH" (the exact wording probably depends on the carrier). I originally thought this was only for prepaid phones, where the carrier might not actually know the name of their customer, but it seems to be most cell phones these days.
posted by kindall at 3:36 PM on December 15, 2010

I have a pay-as-you-go T-Mobile phone, and my landline ID says "Cellular Call".
posted by lankford at 4:12 PM on December 15, 2010

I just called my landline from my T-Mobile phone and the caller ID said "Cellphone, PA" and then the number. (I'm in Pennsylvania)
posted by NoraCharles at 4:44 PM on December 15, 2010

With a NON pre-paid T-mobile phone that my employee uses, her name and number show up on my office landline phone when she calls in. It's possible this varies in other parts of the country depending on what switch they're using or where the account was originated. T-mobile, like most carriers, is a patchwork quilt of old regional cell companies they bought out. I'm in Alabama.
posted by randomkeystrike at 5:08 PM on December 15, 2010

It's probably an even split on how I see it show up.
posted by jerseygirl at 5:20 PM on December 15, 2010

It varies. My old T-Mobile postpaid account would display my name and number on my landlines. But when I'd call my mom's landline in another state, it would display something like CELL PHONE, TX whether I called her from TX or not. My landline was SBC/ATT and my mom had CenturyLink or or whatever the hell the landline company is called there.

Time has passed and I'm not a T-Mo customer or have a landline so I can't check anymore.
posted by birdherder at 5:20 PM on December 15, 2010

Mine used to show my name (the primary) for all of the numbers on our family plan within the state. I think it put something dumb like "Blocked Caller" outside the state. I too have moved on to another provider, but that was the case as of a couple months ago.
posted by togdon at 6:02 PM on December 15, 2010

Mr. Numberwang and I have T-Mobile. I am the primary name on the account. When he calls home on his cellphone, caller ID displays my name and his cellular number.
posted by That's Numberwang! at 7:19 PM on December 15, 2010

I have the same experience (with a slight variation on the theme) that Numberwang posted.
posted by ElDiabloConQueso at 8:19 PM on December 15, 2010

Response by poster: Thanks for the answers. It sounds like there is not a yes/no answer but more like maybe/maybe not. Thanks again!
posted by Gerard Sorme at 10:13 PM on December 15, 2010

I just called my office phone from my t-mobile phone, and it displayed my name.
posted by jrishel at 7:25 AM on December 16, 2010

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