Depends on whether it is a local call or not.
For billing purposes, all long-distance calls, whether incoming or outgoing, are tracked and billed. (Just not neccessarily to you. If pressed, I can explain the exciting world of inter-telco billing to you, but I would have to be pressed hard.)
Practically speaking, local calls are not. Maaaaaan, think of the size of the database :eek:!!! The guys in the Central Office also told me that they don’t know of a single telco in North America that does track incoming local calls, but apparently the Brits do.
Oh, and that’s for straight conventional residential phones. Cell phones, on the other hand, record all incoming, outgoing calls whether they are local or not. Gotta bill you for your air time, after all. Business phones, you might be able to get a PABX box that would do it…
Depending on what telco you are dealing with, they may or may not be helpful with this issue. Most, if not all, of the larger service providers will insist on the *57 and going through your local gendarmerie or cop shop route.
Ours…officially, for the public, see above. [sub]IRL, since we’re a small provider and know many of our customers, we can occasionally be ummm convinced to be of assistance.[/sub]
Detective shows…hmmphhh. Betcha it’s the same show that has Windows NT running on an iMac.