Currently Being ModeratedJan 22, 2013 10:34 AM (in response to Healthynut)
Because such an app can't actually "block" anything. Text message spam is illegal in the US. Report it to AT&T. Report unwanted telemarketing calls, especially robo-calls, to the FCC at www.donotcall.gov.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 24, 2013 7:37 AM (in response to KiltedTim)
Reporting it to AT&T, along with 75 cents, will get you a local call on a payphone. Reporting it to the FCC is no more effective - at least not immediately effective, which is what I want/need.
You can get an app on Androids that allows you to block incoming calls from any number(s). Why are such apps not available for iPhone?
Currently Being ModeratedJan 24, 2013 7:51 AM (in response to Healthynut)
Because, for security reasons, iOS apps are "sandboxed" and cannot interact with other apps outside limits set by Apple. A 3rd pary app would have to have access to the incoming call which I suspect Apple limits. Generally, all this is done for security. iOS is far more secure than Android where such app interactivity is allowed.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 24, 2013 8:41 AM (in response to Healthynut)
I have Verizon. I've never received a second spam text from a number I've reported to Verizon by forwarding the text to SPAM (7726). AT&T uses a very similar system with the same number. Is that how you're reporting the spam texts? I forward the text, I get one back that asks for the number the spam was sent from. I reply and it's done.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 24, 2013 8:47 AM (in response to Healthynut)
as stated apple don't allow apps a so close to the hardware control on ios that apps can
have "virus/malware" behaveiour
Currently Being ModeratedJan 24, 2013 9:28 AM (in response to Healthynut)
Get your number changed or have Google Voice manage it... GV has nice spam filtering and message management.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 24, 2013 11:55 AM (in response to Meg St._Clair)
Meg St._Clair, yeah, I tried the 7726 thing, but if it works at all, it takes time. Meanwhile, the junk texts keep coming. I think I'll try the Google Voice route. It's just a shame to have to use a third party when Apple ought to be able to solve something so simple.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 24, 2013 11:59 AM (in response to Healthynut)
You can block numbers but unfortunitly you can't block a phone number from iMessaging you.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 24, 2013 12:21 PM (in response to Healthynut)
It's more complicated than it sounds, if Apple allows an app to intercept calling/sms, then that can be abused to evil proportions. So for now, just be careful who gets your real number.
I hope that iMessage management will be an iCloud feature one day.
Another perk about GV, I give my Google Voice number out every chance I get, I have more control over the number, and no one will ever know the difference It's on my website, facebook, and also to the dreaded family member who won't stop talking, I have had to fake low battery, call myself from another phone to make valid reasons to get off the phone politely.