When my wife’s friend Val phones, it always says Frnk Main on the telephone. So when I see Frnk Main I know it’s Val. Today the phone rang and I saw Frnk Main and I gave the phone to my wife. She said hello and then she said to me. “It’s not for me. It’s Matty.”

It was Matt Maiocco. “I didn’t know it was you,” I said. “It didn’t have your name.”

“Did it say, ‘Frank Main?’” he asked.

“Yeah,” who’s Frank Main?”

“I don’t know.”

So I have two questions for Zohn readers. Who is Frank (Frnk) Main and why does that name show up on some phone calls?

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  1. glenellen

    Because maybe he does not want his real name on caller ID ? I do like Frank Main better than Blocked Call, Private Caller, California, Santa Rosa, ect.

    June 18th, 2011 4:57 pm

  2. Stan

    I have that caller ID that shows up on the phone AND TV. Never noticed a F.Main. I think its peculiar to your ATT? somebody figures thats a good way to get you to answer…and ATT obliges. More money for them.

    June 18th, 2011 5:53 pm

  3. Albert Park

    Do you know anyone in Frankfurt am Main in Germany? Just asking….

    June 18th, 2011 10:15 pm

  4. mendozaline

    Frnk Main is the name of a telephone system switch. It stands for Fremont-Newark Main switch. I suspect that both Val and Matt have either some kind of caller ID blocking, or are both using some kind of VIOP (voice over internet) service. The caller ID that pops up on your phone is the name of the telephone switch. Whatever the reason for Frank Main, it is a crummy result and the engineer who designed it is a flop.

    June 18th, 2011 11:13 pm

  5. htwaits

    We have an OOMA Internet phone and no AT&T service at all. My wife’s cell phone calls are ID-ed as San Mateo. When I call home, I’m Los Altos. Our cell phone accounts were both setup in Palo Alto. One son’s cell phone calls are Frank Main. None of our kids or grandchildren are identified by name.

    We do get some calls that are correctly ID-ed. Maybe most of us are doing something wrong.

    I’m assuming that’s not the first time Matt has called you. If this is the first time he has been ID-ed as Frank Main, that’s interesting. Maybe Matt has a new cell phone account.

    I hope you told him to terminate the lockout. :)

    June 19th, 2011 12:06 am

  6. CohnZohn

    mendozaline, thanks for the info. this is very interesting, but how in the world do you know this?

    June 19th, 2011 7:10 am

  7. D. Devil's Advocate

    mendozaline, sounds like it’s just a software glitch, and maybe nobody’s ever said anything to the right person about it, so nobody knows to fix it. Most people are probably like LC, wondering “WHi’s Frank Main?”

    June 19th, 2011 9:52 am

  8. htwaits

    The plot thickens. Our youngest lived in Fremont when he got his current cell phone account. I converted Frnk Main to Frank Main because that’s how our OOMA pronounces it.

    Now why do two cell phones purchased in Palo Alto identify themselves as Los Altos, and San Mateo?

    June 19th, 2011 3:01 pm

  9. Dave T

    Kind of bizarre if you ask me. Then again I don’t have a land line any longer, only my mobile (yes I am odd, I say mobile instead of cell, as they are no longer actually cellular phones, they are digital communication devices) and if I get a call and don’t have the number programmed, I just don’t answer. If important, can leave a message and I will call you back. If not, then well, I did not need to talk to Frank, Billy, Bob or Shirley…..
    Just my take.

    June 21st, 2011 3:48 pm

  10. Nancy

    I’ve been wondering about this Frank Main that appears on our phone bill. However, it hasn’t been on recent bills, I assumed the poor fellow died! Mendozaline gave a good explanation of what it is about. He must work for the phone company. Frnk Main only appears on our office phone bill (not our home phone) and we do not have Caller ID at home or at our office.

    November 17th, 2011 2:03 pm

  11. Alice Main

    I just happened on this (while googling my husband) and thought it was funny. His name is Frank Main.

    December 21st, 2012 1:25 pm

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