T-Mobile To Introduce New Caller ID Feature

Breaking away from the news, sales and normal rotation of stories we’ve received word of a nifty little feature T-Mobile will introduce on November 14th. T-Mobile will launch a $2.99 Caller Name Display add on feature that will allow customers to view the names and numbers of callers even if they aren’t listed in the customers address book. We’re trying to get word on what devices this will work on but we believe there is a 30-day free trial for postpaid customers.

A nifty little feature for those of who constantly receive phone calls from unknown numbers though in my case, I just let those people meet my voicemail.

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  • Mohammad

    I don’t think it’s worth it.

  • Jacob

    BB already have an app for it, I am pretty sure android have it too, why to pay an extra $2.99 every month?>

    • Dan

      Mr. numbers is the app its free and could reverse lookup

      • somebody

        android also had tethering and t-mo is charging 15 a month for it

  • moise

    I already have caller I’d by white pages. $6.99 for six months.

  • moise

    I already have caller id by white pages. $6.99 for six months with extra cool features.

  • techy2010

    Yep I send callers with unknown numbers, right to voicemail.
    If it is important, they’ll leave a message.
    If not, then I guess they won’t be reaching me.

    • Greg

      Ditto!

    • JaylanPHNX

      I always answer. That’s a golden opportunity to tell someone to $#*@ off. Wouldn’t want to miss it. :*)

    • http://twitter.com/c0rinne Corinne Mitchell

      Same here.

      And I’m unimpressed with T-Mobile because they still can’t get my name right with my caller id. My name keeps showing up wrong when I call other people. I’ve spoken to T-mobile’s reps half a dozen times already.

      • Corey

        Corinne, most of the time with caller ID issues its not with the originating carrier (T-Mobile) but with the terminating carrier (landline company) With caller ID there are multiple systems that deliver caller ID. My suggestion and from personal experience with this issue, is to call the landline company and let them know your Caller ID is wrong they can update their systems and it will update all systems that use the same caller ID system. I guarantee this will resolve it for you.

      • Deke218

        Your name shows up when you call people? When I call people they get “T-Mobile Caller” on their Caller ID.

        • http://facebook.com/chevyrockstar Chevyrockstar

          my name shows up when i call people

        • Doug

          My name shows up on a landline CID box as well

  • http://soapboxuniverse.blogspot.com/?spref=gb Mr Cker

    I would be tempted to try it depending on what features it offers.

    Stay thirsty my friends!

  • mr nutsack

    why would anyone spend their money on this ??? stick to bring out phones tmo!

  • Jymmyb

    Perfect one more tool to wach my kids or to have those annoiyng unknown numbers and report them to FFC

    • Kevin

      I think you mean to report them to the FCC, not your ‘front facing camera’ LMAO

  • Matt Hatter

    This probably in response to the apps out in the market where they can fake the number doing the calling. I remember reading about a rash of this going on where customers were getting crank and malicious phone calls and couldn’t block the numbers because it was pulling the number out of their phone books and displaying it. This is good also to block those obnoxious telemarketers who don’t understand the concept of “wasting my minutes”.

  • Rwc

    3 bucks, no thanks, voicemail is still free

  • vibrant guy

    This option is free with Sprint and Verizon.

    • pjs

      I think it only displays which city/state the call is originating from, not the actual caller’s name

  • Yyevo

    What is this, 1985? If it was free, I would take it, but I refuse to pay for something that should be free.

    • obvious

      Thanks you for proving your ignorance, have a nice day rusci!

  • santi-Go

    I’m Gettin’ It.!

  • Eric

    Guys I can tell you right now its a third party app that has been branded by tmo. It will not be a network feature. and not worth it.

  • jrcaddi

    Iphone is coming to tmobile yay:)

    • T Dawg

      Can any of you iphone lovers tell me what is so great about the iphone that makes it better than the G2, MT4G or even the Vibrant ? If you say the screen, I’ll puke.

  • BlkBear

    Unless this offers more than many apps do out there, like blocking unknown callers and sending them direct to voicemail, or allowing you to send all unknown or private numbers to Google voice or a similar service, allowing you to setup a custom message for blocked and or private numbers.

    But I think most people that hit voice mail, are smart enough to either leave a message or stop calling.

    Now I would like to see a feature that when a UNKNOWN or PRIVATE number comes in, it just does not ring at all, as a native feature of all phones.

  • Slev

    Google voice solves this for free with call screening. Easy to set up so only non contacts get screened.

  • lettinyaknow

    This will function just like their webconnect service, in that, it will not! What a waste of money.

  • lettinyaknow

    It would be nice to see tmo devote time on fixing products they’ve already released then wasting time coming up with a bs feature.

  • sean

    Lame, just let it go to voicemail, or pick up and say “call back when you unblock your number” then hang up instantly. I do that all the time.

    Dramatization:

    -Ring Ring “unknown”

    -Me picking up phone, I immediately say ” please call back with your number unblocked” then immediately hang-up

    I don’t even say hello. If it is important they will call back unblocked. If they don’t call back, then screw them, who cares. Must have not been important.

  • George

    There are tons of caller ID apps in google market already and most of them are free, i normally dont pick up calls from number i dont recognize…and plus if its personal and emergency, callers should always leave a message….
    i think what will be cool is that we can actually see the missed call while the phone is completely off after we turned it back on…but so far i don’t think any phone can do this yet..

  • Halwantsanewphone

    How about just selling really cool phones, with really great 4g service, at prices lower than your competitors! Maybe you could charge me 99 cents to make my notification light flash pink and purple!

    I be this leads to Tmo charging businesses more money to get unidentified caller id’s!

  • David L

    Google Voice is FREE…and it screens the calls so that unknown callers have to tell you who they are in order for you to decide whether you want to let the call go through or not.

  • Anand

    I think you guys are mostly missing the purpose of this feature. By “unknown callers”, they mean people calling from numbers not in your address book. For example if I get a call from “111-222-3333″ and that number is my address book as “mom”, the phone would show “mom” but if it wasn’t in my address book, it’d show “111-222-3333″ instead.

    This feature makes caller ID on your cell phone more like how it works on a land line. The caller ID information being sent by the network as the number AND the callers name.

    This is actually an optional feature in the GSM specifications called CNAM and has been there for a long time but no one in the US market actually used it (AFAIK), at least until now.

  • Symsoul

    How 1990′s of T-Mobile!

  • Heaven

    I like that idea. i will definitely add that to my plan when it comes out. I hate not knowing who is calling.

  • jason

    I agree to an extent. If someone is calling over and over you file harrasment charges with the local authorities. If its a telemarketer go to donotcall.gov. Some people are too lazy to this so this would be a good option for them.

  • T-Dog

    Good timing on this product as Telemarketers can now dial Mobile Phones as of this month.

  • derrickps3

    why can’t it just be free? hell

  • dely

    T-Dog, where have you heard that? Every source I can find states that is an urban legend. If true, I would like to read about it.

  • DatNizzle

    I’ve never understood why people just don’t just answer their phones. Useless.

    • BeerBellyBilly

      Because some people just don’t like getting calls from the FBI, IRS, debt collectors, hit men and terrorists. Oh, and mothers-in-law.

  • Joseph Singer

    If it truly is ‘unknown’ i.e. no number this service won’t help. It will also only work on phones that support caller name display. Most phones get the name from those in your contacts list and if not in the list it won’t display a name.

  • Doug

    Why do we have to pay for something that was always FREE on land line callerid? Landline CID always showed name/number unless the person was unlisted.

    And technically I think TMO already transmits name and number with the CID info when a call is incoming. It just depends on the phone to display it. I have their @home “voip” service. for those who dont know the @home “voip” service is a GSM call encapsulated in an IPSEC vpn tunnel over the internet. The phone I have attached to the tmobile voip router displays the name and number on its caller id screen.

    This router uses standard SIM cards, I can take the SIM from my cell phone stick it in the router and all my cell calls will ring to the “landline” at the house. I could also take the @home SIM and put in into my cell and all the calls to my “landline” would ring on my cell.

  • Eric

    Dude Landlines charge for Caller ID, unless its a voip line or you have it in your package.

  • firedragon64

    After speaking with a tmobile rep about this they said smartphones might not get the feature because they have third party apps for it, this feature is for basic phones like samsung gravity phones and stuff.

  • BOOST

    If you own a Symbian OS Device (Like The Nokia E73) the FREE TrueCaller app in the OVI store is worth a look. It supplies incoming AND Outgoing caller ID along with some social networking features that I did not choose to utilize. I am very selective about what applications I allow to run in the back ground due to battery drain but so far I am very happy with True Caller, and $3 dollars I will be saving each month.

  • dely

    Boost, does that include the CNAM of wireless callers as well? The T-Mobile caller ID service also provides the name of cell callers. I signed up for it just to check it out. I am not sure if I will keep it, but I wanted to see what names it provides.

  • BOOST

    I installed TrueCaller today, but have not been called from any cell numbers that are not already stored on my SIM card.

  • Nick

    Called and was told no 9700 support, wha??? Rogers 9700 supports CNAM. Would it work if I added it anyway? FYI reps are totally clueless as usual about new features, took three calls >_<

  • dely

    My rep did not know about it either, but she found it in the computer and added it with no issues.

  • Brian

    After reading the last comment, I decided to contact Customer Care who was able to add the feature to my account. She said she found out about the feature just today and will add it to her plan when she gets off of work. She told me that the first 30 days are free and that a $2.99 monthly charge will appear on my monthly statement.

  • scott

    NICK YOU ARE TOTTALY RIGHT IV BEEN WITH THEM OVER 2 YEARS NOW. I CALLED THEM EXACTLY 3 TIMES BEFORE MY ISSUE WAS FIXED. SOMEHOW THEY PUT A CALL MIN LIMIT FEATURE ON MY ACCOUNT FROM WHEN I CANCELED ONE LINE THEY NEVER TOOK IT OFF. NEEDLESS TO SAY I HAD NO IDEA WHAT IT WAS AND MY PHONE STARTED TELLING ME THAT I WAS ALMOST OUT OF ANYTIME MIN AND IM LIKE OKAY WTF I HAVE OVER 300 MIN LEFT. SO I CALLED AND THE IDIOT TOLD ME HE WOULD GIVE ME BONUS MIN AND A CREDIT AND THAT IT SHOULD START TO WORK. OF COUARSE NOT!! SO I CALLED AGAIN. THIS TIME THE WOMAN SAYS OH WE NEED TO SWITCH YOU TO ANOTHER TOWER AND WHEN I DO THIS ITS GOING TO DROP THE CALL. TURN MY PHONE OFF AND ON AND HAVE A GOOD WEEKEND. WELL OF COUARSE SHE DIDNT OFFER TO CALL BACK AND IT DIDNT WORK. FINALLY THIRD CALL!!THIS TIME THE MAN WAS KIND AND NEW EXACTLY WHAT THE ISSUE WAS. I DONT KNOW WHY THEY ALL DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO. ITS SO ANNOYING