13 Replies Latest reply: Dec 6, 2012 2:31 PM by Meg St._Clair
okiejack Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Is there any good way to block calls?  The gov. No Call List does not seem to be very effective. 


iMac (27-inch Mid 2010), Mac OS X (10.6.4), also iPad & iPhone 4s
  • 1. Re: why no good call blocking app?
    roaminggnome Level 10 Level 10 (90,775 points)

    Because apps cannot have access to the core functions of the iphone.

  • 2. Re: why no good call blocking app?
    okiejack Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks, roaminggnome

     

    When a telemarketer calls the first time, I create a contact with a name "Tm #" with # being sequential.  If an existing telemarketer contact calls, Double click the iPhone and it disconnects without an ATT charge.

     

    Would an app designed to recognize the contact and, if the first two characters are "Tm", do the double click for me, need to have "access to the core function of the iPhone"?

     

    If not, such an app would be as good for me as a call blocker.

  • 3. Re: why no good call blocking app?
    Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (38,425 points)

    AT&T offers call blocking services. Contact them.

  • 4. Re: why no good call blocking app?
    okiejack Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks Meg,

     

    AT&T wants $7.50 per month and have a limit of the numbers blocked.  An iPhone app working off of contacts would be much easier.  I already have 14 telemarketer numbers to deal with ... none of which were solicited by me.

     

    So, back to my question:  would such an app described need to "access the core function of the iPhone"?

  • 5. Re: why no good call blocking app?
    paulcb Level 6 Level 6 (19,060 points)

    So, back to my question:  would such an app described need to "access the core function of the iPhone"?

    Yes.  TM's are easy to handle... if you don't recognize the caller, don't answer.

  • 6. Re: why no good call blocking app?
    KiltedTim Level 8 Level 8 (37,815 points)

    Put yourself on the national Do Not Call list and start filing complaints with the FCC at donotcall.gov for every call you get.

     

    To answer the question, yes, such an app would require access to the core functions of the phone and would pose a security risk. Do not expect Apple to open up the APIs necessary to implement that functionality.

  • 7. Re: why no good call blocking app?
    Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (38,425 points)

    The Do Not Call registry can take a while to work. If you've just signed up, it might take a couple of months before the rate of calls slows down.

  • 8. Re: why no good call blocking app?
    Ralph Landry1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,520 points)

    The do-not-call registry is a partial answer becase the telemarketers are not supposed to be accessing cell phones to begin with, but some do, and there are so many loopholes in the do-not-call regulations that a great many get through and filing a complaint is pointless.  Anyone who you have ever done business with and charitable organizations are exempt.  Anyone you have ever done business with is a very nebulous category, all you have to do is buy something on-line, in a store and they have you.  If you buy in a store and are required to put your phone number on the check, if you use a check, they have you.

     

    All of that said, file a complaint, if it holds up they will get a fine of $29,000 per violation.

  • 9. Re: why no good call blocking app?
    iPhone_Warrior Level 3 Level 3 (640 points)

    okiejack wrote:

     

    I create a contact with a name "Tm #" with # being sequential.

    If you are creating them in a contact then google 'iphone silent ringtone' then set that tone for each TM#.

  • 10. Re: why no good call blocking app?
    okiejack Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    This sounds like the most practical solution.  I don't have a silent ringtone but do have "swoosh".  Since my hearing isn't very good anyway, I won't hear it unless my phone is close and the room is quiet.  Also, I turned vibrate off on those "Tm" contacts.

     

    Thanks to all who offered suggestions!

  • 11. Re: why no good call blocking app?
    imagary Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Then, why not provide that function so that no app is needed? In my opinion the call blocking is a must, unless some identity theft has paid apple a desent amount of money to prevent it from adding th funtion.

  • 12. Re: why no good call blocking app?
    iPhone_Warrior Level 3 Level 3 (640 points)

    True call blocking is done at the carrier level. Even if there was an 'app' the call would still be received on the phone. So if you don't want to use the carrier to block the call(s) google for a silent ring tone.

  • 13. Re: why no good call blocking app?
    Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (38,425 points)

    Submit your feedback directly to Apple using the appropriate link on the Feedback page:

     

    http://www.apple.com/feedback