Most of the time, I only provide one telephone number. This number is known as my Primary Number. Also, for when the need arises, I have a secondary number. This number is provided as an alternative, or when it may not be in interest to give the Primary Number. Both numbers have a dedicated .tel address which provides additional resources if the need arose.
The telephone number of +1 412 2532956 is my primary telephone number, and is issued to most people. It is also the only number I will accept SMS with. This is because due to resources, it is not easy for me to receive SMS from the secondary number.
This phone number has been in my possession for about 15 years and was initially with Grand Central. At the time, it was intended for forwarding. When Google gave it more capabilities, it became the number I will provide to everyone. As an app first for RIM OS, then onto Android allowed me to display the primary phone number as my regular number, I stopped using Anonymous Calling when calling from the cellular phone.
Rules – Primary Line
Anonymous callers (those that block their number) will not ring my phone. Instead, they will go straight to voicemail, and even hear a greeting that informs them they are reaching voicemail because of anonymous calling. In a similar situation, any caller identified as SPAM, or I personally blocked will go to voicemail.
People in my contacts will ring my home phone from the hours of 7AM – 8PM, and my cellular phone anytime that the phone is not in Do Not Disturb mode. This mode is set automatically at bedtime, and while I am asleep as well as anytime I have an appointment.
Callers I consider as very important will ring my home phone, and my cellular phone at any time. This group is identified with a star in the Android Contacts app, and typically only people that it will be appropriate to ring me not only when I am asleep, but in an appointment will ring.