How to Block 800 Numbers

By Laura Payne

Receiving unwanted phone calls from 800 numbers is one of the irritating results of having a telephone number. The phone always seems to ring right in the middle of dinner or during a favorite television show. Now there is a way to put an end to these calls for good. Blocking calls from 800 numbers can be done over the phone or online through he National Do Not Call Registry.

Registering by Telephone

Call 1-888-382-1222 from the phone number that is to be registered. When calling from a touch tone phone follow the computer prompts. When calling from a rotary phone stay on the line to wait for an agent's assistance with the registration process.

On a touch tone phone, select the preferred language by following the prompts. Press "1" for English or "2" for Spanish.

Follow the next prompt to enter the phone number by pressing "1." Now enter the 10-digit phone number including the area code. After entering the phone number the registration will be confirmed by the system.

Repeat the above steps to register additional phone numbers. Up to three phone numbers may be registered but each call must be made from the individual phone number that is being registered.

For added assurance that the registration was successful, the same number (1-888-382-1222) can be called back to verify that a number is on the registry.

Registering Online

Go to Donotcall.gov and click on the "Register Now" button.

Enter the area code and phone number in the appropriate fields. Up to three phone numbers can be registered. Cell phones may also be registered.

Enter an email address in the appropriate field and then re-enter the email address to confirm.

Double check to be sure the proper number or numbers have been entered and to make sure the email address is correct. If everything looks good, click the "Submit" button.

Go to the email account and look for a message from Register@donotcall.gov. There will be one message for each phone number to be registered. Open the email and click on the included link and the registration will be complete.

About the Author

Laura Payne has been freelance writing for several online publications in her free time since 2006. She holds a Master of Arts in linguistics from Wayne State University and a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Oakland University. Payne teaches linguistics classes at both universities on an adjunct basis.