Let’s be real. Home phones are falling to the way side. Many people don’t even have one anymore, opting to use their cell phone as their main line. But, what’s the one thing to miss about land lines? Caller ID.
Well, T-Mobile has taken an edge advantage over its competitors and added the first Caller ID for mobile phones. The new feature launches today and is powered by Cequint.
Let me ask you this: when you get a call from a number that is not programmed as a contact in your phone, do you wish you knew who it was before you answered? Maybe you don’t even answer the call because the caller is not identified. T-Mobile plans to change that scenario.
Now, to be clear, we’re not talking about recognizing contacts who’s phone numbers are manually programmed into your mobile phone (everyone has that feature). We’re talking about a program that identifies the name and location of an incoming call that is unbeknownst to you. What’s even cooler is if you chose, you can simply click a button and that contact information will be stored in your phone.
At first glance, the mobile phone Caller ID seems great, but after taking a closer look, there seems to be a few kinks in the system. First of all, the program can only give the name of incoming calls from landlines. Incoming calls from mobile phones will provide only the city and state, not the caller’s name. Second of all, T-Mobile will be charging extra for the service ($3.99/month). And thirdly, since Verizon Wireless withholds the names of their customers, the Caller ID will not display those names when calling a T-Mobile device.
This raises the question of whether it is even worth paying for the Caller ID, when you can look up the name corresponding to a land line online. If the service doesn’t provide Caller ID for mobile phones, which are more difficult to identify yourself, is it worth it?