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MetroPCS Adds Caller ID to Incoming Cell Calls

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Oct 16, 2008, 9:41 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Today MetroPCS announced a new service for its customers that allows them to see the identity of callers even if the callers are not in their contacts list. Screen-it displays the calling party's name on a subscriber's wireless phone. This will let people screen their calls more effectively when an otherwise unknown number calls. MetroPCS says it added the service to further convince people to use their wireless phones as wireline replacements. Screen-it will be included with select wireless packages starting this month and will be an option available to add to other plans.



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Oct 16, 2008, 9:49 AM

With the current situation...

and people tightening their spending, some will definitely cut their landlines and keep only their cell phones, to save money.

So, in a ways, this would probably have net effect now.
To be honest, I am kind of shocked that this hasn't been a standard feature all along.

Oct 17, 2008, 5:14 PM

You miss one little thing...

In theory, this is a nice concept. In reality, it has many many flaws. The biggest is this: MetroPCS stated they are doing this in hopes of more people ditching wireline for wireless. That's all well and good, but stop and think about it for a moment. Wireless numbers have no directory and no name associated in MOST cases...and you will simply see "Wireless Caller". Verizon Wireless for one does not publish the name associated with the number and for a time Sprint showed the account holder name. What if it's not the account holder who's calling? OOPS! Oversight huh? So thank you MetroPCS for introducing a service to help eliminate wireline customers and then make your new service useless 😁
doesnt have to be account holder that calling in.
atleast u have a idea where the call is coming from.
T Mobster

Oct 16, 2008, 12:44 PM

Ummmm, why didn't anyone else think of that?

These giant companies could've done it....but they don't want to spend the extra cash to make it happen. It's pretty sad when a low end regional carrier like metro pcs steps up to the plate and makes such a ingenious move. the price is kind of steep but then again compare their CID rate to at&t's....i don't see any difference except that you can take your metro phone along. 😎
Steep price? It's only $2 a month.
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