CLI Caller Display - Information and Advice
This page contains information on CLI, caller line identity.
What is CLI?
CLI is a service supplied by most phone providers, whereby your phone number is transmitted when you make a phone call. With a CLI-equipped phone (most mobiles have CLI), you can see who's calling before you answer.
This page also supplies details of how to get the convenience of CLI in your home, and not just on your mobile.
If you're looking to use Caller Display on your home phone line, you'll need to have your phone supplier enable this for you. If you're with BT, you can order this service online from www.bt.com/selectservices, or call the customer services number on your bill. The cost is £1.75 per month, and this is reduced if you have another Select Service, such as call waiting, call sign, or call diversion.
Note: As of September 2005. Many domestic users can now get CLI for free - see www.bt.com/btprivacy/
Some examples of CLI products
CLI and SMS phones
A range of phones now support SMS text messaging
as well as caller display. This allows you to send and receive text
messages to and from your home landline - giving you the ability to
use SMS text messaging without a mobile phone. There are a range of
home phones that can now do SMS text, including some digital cordless
The BT Relate SMS handset (pictured) has a 3 line text display, new message indicator, stores 100 numbers, and is available for under £30 from www.shop.bt.com
A cordless phone adds a whole load of convenience, they're fairly cheap, and best of all, the newer range of digital cordless DECT phones don't suffer from the interference that old analogue cordless phones did. Many of the phones starting from the £40 mark come with Caller ID display, and the more expensive ones include answerphone, or the ability to store a name with the number, so you see a name when a call comes in.
a BT Studio Digital Cordless,
priced £55 from Argos, with a 10 number log, 14 hours talk time and a 50 metre indoor range
| This small unit from BT shows if you've received new calls, stores
the numbers of up to 40 calls received, shows the number of new calls
received since you last viewed your calls list, displays the time,
lets you dial selected stored numbers at the touch of a button without
picking up the handset, and tells you when the batteries need replacing
This and other models are available from the Accessories section at www.shop.bt.com
TrueCall - Filter nuisance calls
Sick and tired of nuisance calls disturbing your evening? This gadget, featured on the BBC Dragon's Den show, filters out unwanted calls, while letting your friends and family through. You can also use it to record phone calls and screen "number withheld" callers.
Picture Display on mobile phones
See a picture of who's calling on your mobile with a Series 60 phone such as the Nokia
N96, Nokia 5800 or Nokia
N97. You can add
a thumbnail picture of your friends (these phones can import JPG photos,
or you can take a picture with the built-in digital camera). When
a call comes in, the phone identifies the number, looks for the contact
in the address book, then displays the name and photo. Nifty!
Talking Caller ID boxes
Forget having to rush to your Caller Display phone to see who's calling, these two AML boxes read out the caller's details, and store date and time for those missed calls.
time the phone rings when you're watching TV, there's no need to get
up and miss your favourite show only to find it's someone trying to
sell you double-glazing.
The TV Messenger connects your video and telephone and, if you have a caller display phone, it will display the caller's name and number on your TV. The caller directory can store up to 40 names and numbers, the Caller Log will store up to 99 calls, and it's even compatible with call waiting. See who's calling on your TV screen - you'll need CLI enabled (a small charge by BT)
Around £35 from Prezzybox
- 1471 - Check the number of the last person to ring you. Add a "3" to call the last number
- 141 - Dial before a phone number to withhold your number
- 1470 - Dial before a number to allow your number to be sent even if your network normally withholds your number
- Pathway - Suppliers of a range of home and business CLI logging equipment. Log calls to your PC
- BT Codes - Useful list of special BT short codes
- BT Text - Information on getting text messages on your landline phone
- Q. How do I
check who last called me?
A. Dial 1471. A voice will read the phone number of the person that last tried to call you. This works unless a caller has chosen to withhold their number. This is a free service supplied by BT. If you choose to return a call by pressing '3', you'll be charged 7.5p
- Q. What else
does 1471 offer?
A. Pressing "3" allows you to return a call. This will cost you 7.5p
- Q. How do I
change whether I withhold or transmit my phone number?
A. You can choose to send or withhold sending your phone number on a per-call basis using the codes on this page.
There's also the option to withhold sending your number on a permanent basis for all calls, by contacting your phone provider.
- Q. How do I
know if my CLI is turned on or off?
A. The easiest way to check, is to place a test call, and then use 1471 from the phone that you dialled, to see if your number was withheld or not. You could try a test call to your home, work or mobile number, or call a friend and ask them to try a 1471 when you hang up.
- Q. I'm worried
about giving out my number to people. Can I stop junk calls?
A. If you want to give out your number to people, but want control of how they use the number, consider getting a SkypeIn number from www.skype.com for a small one-off fee, to protect your main home number, and to screen unwanted calls - Calls get diverted to your PC or to voicemail.
- Q. My mobile
only displays the number of a caller, not the caller's name.
A. This happens if the phone address book or SIM memory has the same phone number in twice - the phone can't make the decision, so defaults to showing just the number. The fix is to ensure that only one number is visible - perhaps you have someone's number in for their partner too, or perhaps you've set your handset to view address details from the phone's memory as well as from the SIM Card (which may also contain the number). Taken from our Mobile Phone FAQ
- Q. How do I withhold my number on an Ericsson T68i?
A. In Phone Book, highlight the number you want to call, Press the Option button (the smaller one between "1" and "YES"), select option 3. "Hide my number". Alternatively, dial 141 before the number.
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