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Call screening can be as simple as watching your caller ID and picking up only the calls you want. With newer technology, it can also be through the use of a sophisticated new feature offered by most service providers.
A feature available for residential subscribers offered by many phone companies, including AT&T, is call screen. Also called call block, it allows you to dial *60 after receiving an unwanted call to make sure that calls from this number are blocked in the future.
You can also press #12 (for AT&T services, other carriers may have a different method) and enter up to 10 numbers that you pre-select as blocked numbers.
If you receive harassing phone calls, this is one way to stop them. This is also a good way to stop telemarketers from reaching you.
Callers receive a polite, yet firm message telling them that you are not receiving calls from this number.
Some service providers have made this feature part of a comprehensive privacy package.