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Old 06-30-2013, 02:16 PM
 
Location: Southern New Hampshire
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I've had an iPhone for the past 4 years, and I like it a lot, EXCEPT that there is no app for completely blocking calls from certain numbers (as in telemarketers). Instead, I have to get the call (I NEVER answer calls from numbers I don't recognize), wait for it to end (they virtually never leave a message), then go online to look up the number, and then (if applicable) add it to my ILLEGAL CALLS contact (which has a silent ringtone attached to it). So the next time that particular number calls, I don't hear it, but of course it still shows up in my "Recents" list.

OK, I know maybe this shouldn't be a big deal since I never hear the call after the first time (and often not the first time, since I usually forget to turn the ringer on!!), but it still bugs me because it seems like a BLOCK feature should be a very, very basic feature on any phone, smart or not.

AT&T offers a service to block certain calls, but you have to pay for it every month AND I think the limit is something like 30 numbers -- all in all, pretty useless. I even tried youmail, which sounded like it would work, but it had so many glitches that I gave up on it.

Are there phones with apps that can completely block certain numbers from EVER ringing through (e.g., by giving those numbers the "this number is out of service" tone)? Thanks in advance.
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Old 06-30-2013, 02:27 PM
 
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Sprint allows you to block 50 numbers for free.

Ooma has a really neat "community blacklist" feature. If you participate in the community blacklist, then it automatically blocks numbers that a good portion of the community has flagged as telemarketers.

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"as you and other Ooma users add numbers to your personal blacklists and mark them as sources of various "phone spam," Ooma aggregates that information to keep the community blacklist as up-to-date as possible. After confirming that widely-blocked numbers are legitimate sources of spam, Ooma adds those numbers to the community blacklist, saving other people the trouble of ever receiving an unwanted call from those numbers."
Personal and Community Blacklists | Free Internet Home Phone Service | Ooma
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Old 06-30-2013, 04:17 PM
 
Location: Southern New Hampshire
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Sprint allows you to block 50 numbers for free.
Alas, 50 numbers would not be enough. My ILLEGAL CALLS contact has well over 100 numbers.

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Ooma has a really neat "community blacklist" feature. If you participate in the community blacklist, then it automatically blocks numbers that a good portion of the community has flagged as telemarketers.
That sounds like something I would like ... if it worked for cell phones! Looks like it's for Internet calls?

Thanks for trying, I appreciate it! Anyone else?
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Old 06-30-2013, 06:05 PM
 
Location: Ocala, FL
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I use a free application called YouMail and has a free add-on called WhoAreYou. Great tool. Not only does it have an advanced caller ID, it also allows you to block phone #'s and identifies many known SPAM phone #'s.

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Old 06-30-2013, 09:36 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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I use an App called Blacklist, which answers and then hangs up on them, without ringing, and saves a record of it.
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Old 06-30-2013, 09:58 PM
 
Location: Southern New Hampshire
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I use a free application called YouMail and has a free add-on called WhoAreYou. Great tool. Not only does it have an advanced caller ID, it also allows you to block phone #'s and identifies many known SPAM phone #'s.
Um, see my OP please. I mentioned YouMail ... did not work for me at all (WAY too glitchy and their customer service couldn't help).
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Old 06-30-2013, 10:14 PM
 
Location: Southern New Hampshire
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I use an App called Blacklist, which answers and then hangs up on them, without ringing, and saves a record of it.
Is your iPhone jailbroken? (Mine isn't.) I couldn't find anything called Blacklist (just that word) in the app store on my phone. There's something new called Call Bliss, though, that I found by accident while googling ... I am hoping that will work ...

Thanks for the replies -- I will rep everyone I can!
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Old 06-30-2013, 10:43 PM
 
Location: Ocala, FL
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Karen,

Nowhere in the original post did you mention YouMail, that's why I posted my suggestion. Unless you mentioned it in another thread, I was unaware.
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Old 07-01-2013, 05:50 AM
 
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I couldn't find anything called Blacklist (just that word) in the app store on my phone.
That's because it's an Android app, why that was suggested for someone using an iPhone I have no idea

The Android platform has an almost un-ending choice of blocking apps.
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Old 07-01-2013, 10:20 AM
 
Location: Southern New Hampshire
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Karen,

Nowhere in the original post did you mention YouMail, that's why I posted my suggestion. Unless you mentioned it in another thread, I was unaware.
Um, in the third paragraph, second sentence of my OP, I wrote:

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... I even tried youmail, which sounded like it would work, but it had so many glitches that I gave up on it.
I guess you missed that. I rep'd you anyway last night -- I DO appreciate when people are trying to be helpful.
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