For my Primary phone number, I use Google Voice. Google Voice is a smart call forwarding service that forwards calls based on the caller. This is done to allow me to be comfortable with giving my number out. This in turn is the number shown on my Contact Directory. Calls are routed based on the following calling conditions.
- Anonymous Callers: Voicemail
- Unknown Callers: Line 2 on phone
- Contacts: Line 1 on phone
Anonymous Callers are callers that intentionally block their telephone number from showing up on Caller ID screens. Since I do not block my number, I do not accept blocked callers. Such callers automatically goes to voicemail. In which case, you would need to leave your name and telephone number, and wait for me to call back. Your other option is unblock the call, and display your Caller ID.
This is the vast majority of callers. Basically, if you are not in my contacts, you are treated as an unknown caller. If I do not know your first, and last name – you do not get added to my contacts. The reason is simple, and that is I don’t want to have to figure out who I am calling back, or who is calling me. Another note, if you are outside of 412, 724, or 878 area codes, I am likely not to answer the call unless I am expecting a call from an unknown number.
Contacts are people in my Contacts. These are people I have a personal or professional relationship with. If I do not have a relationship with you, I am likely not going to keep you as a contact. Contacts will be able to ring my phone no matter the time or day. However, unless it is an emergency, call at reasonable hours.
Making Outgoing Calls
I normally don’t make phone calls, however when I do – I will choose which number I wish to call from. If I don’t want the entity to have my primary number, I will use my secondary number to call. When calling contacts, or trusted entities – I will use my primary number. Both of these numbers are using my iPhone 12 Pro.