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How do you block phone numbers?

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TigerSSMac Calculating status...
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Jul 14, 2008 10:23 AM
I have this idiot calling multiple times a week at all times. Nobody is there if you answer and there's no way to get them to stop. I have the number (301 882-9976) and they're some collection agency back north (I've been debt free for 10 years). It's outright harassment because I can't talk to a real person and tell them where to get off.

Called at&t and they said this is a Apple issue. Some phones have the ability others don't. So does anyone know if there's a ability to block a number from even ringing, or even have the phone answer and read a custom message to them telling them to remove the number from there list, allowing me to sleep in peace. I'm starting to miss my afternoon siestas.

Until then I'll add a address book entry and do a custom zero volume ringtone. Of course it doesn't help as I have vibrate on as well, nor will it help if I'm on the other line and switch over without looking.

Thanks for any help. Still on hold with Apple 25 mins in...
iPhone 3G, MacPro Xeon 2.66's (retired: SE/30, IIci, Q800, 8500, 9500, G3, G4, G5 2.7s), Mac OS X (10.5.4), 10GB Ram, 3TB, some externals, eyeTV hybrid, AirPort Express etc...
  • gdgmacguy Level 6 Level 6 (18,405 points)
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    Jul 14, 2008 10:29 AM (in response to TigerSSMac)
    Apple will be of no assistance to you. Blocking numbers is done via the phone company. You'll need to call AT&T for that.
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5), iPhone
  • Matthew Morgan Level 7 Level 7 (22,420 points)
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    Jul 14, 2008 10:33 AM (in response to TigerSSMac)
    If you know the number and can put it in your contact list and then assign a ring tone that's silent.

    You'll still receive the call, but at least your phone won't ring.

    http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-9676441-1.html?hhTest=1

    Matt
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  • BHEAR Calculating status...
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    Jul 14, 2008 11:44 AM (in response to TigerSSMac)
    att is right... they cannot block the number from calling you... but apple cant either... try that link the other guy gave you... other than that maybe you can turn a call fowarding thing on for just that number... i used to have a phone that i could do that on... dont know if the iphone can or not...
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  • Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (39,340 points)
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    Jul 14, 2008 11:51 AM (in response to TigerSSMac)
    Hi TigerSSMac;

    Since you appear to know who the business is, why not attack from the other direction by turning them in to the Better Business for harassment? Back in the good days before cell phone, I had a very similar problem. Once I called BBB all of the calls stopped.

    Allan
    tiger
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  • One Apple a Day Calculating status...
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    Jul 14, 2008 11:53 AM (in response to Allan Eckert)
    who is BBB ?
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  • Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (39,340 points)
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    Jul 14, 2008 11:55 AM (in response to One Apple a Day)
    Hi One Apple a Day;

    BBB = Better Business Bureau

    Allan
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  • Jamey Hochadel Calculating status...
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    Jul 14, 2008 12:54 PM (in response to TigerSSMac)
    Sign your cell number up on the Federal Do Not Call list. www.donotcall.gov
    Once you have been on the list for 30days, report them every time they call, they wont last a week. I know it's not an immediate solution, but it will work in the long run. I've had the same problems in the past with the auto dialer collection agency looking for someone who is not me. Apparently I have a number that someone a few years ago had and they must have skipped on alot of debt. I get a new company about once every month or two. All the same thing, a recorded message saying if I am so and so, then I need to call them back at some number, that noone ever answers. I don't even bother anymore and just report them right away.
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  • JMaine Calculating status...
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    Jul 14, 2008 1:45 PM (in response to TigerSSMac)
    Hey Man-

    AT&T has this feature called Smart Limits. Its kind of like Parental Control for yourself. Its 4.99 a month. You add the number to the list and it blocks them from calling you along with receiving text from that number. I've been using it, trying to get rid of a crazy heifer. IT WORKS & WORTH THE PENNIES. -JM
    MacMini, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • Matthew Morgan Level 7 Level 7 (22,420 points)
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    Jul 14, 2008 2:27 PM (in response to TigerSSMac)
    Turns out that's no the link I meant to post.

    It's this one:

    http://blog.ringtonefeeder.com/2008/05/28/47/

    And I post this for others who may be wondering how to go about it. Since you already know how, you may ignore it.

    Forgive me for attempting to be of any help to you in the first place, it won't likely ever happen again.

    Regards,

    Matt
    Dual 1.8 GHz G5 2.5 GB RAM/MacBook 2.16GHz 1GB RAM/iSight,/iPod nano/iPhone, Mac OS X (10.5.2), ATI Radeon 9600, AirPort Extreme, AirPort Express
  • bewindo Calculating status...
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    Aug 5, 2008 8:02 AM (in response to BHEAR)
    Why not offer a software to block some incoming calls on the iPhone?? A shareware already exist for that purpose but is not sold in the iTunes Stores... why? Do I need to "unlock" my iPhone to be able to use a software blocking calls? It is called MCleaner. Why can't we find that app in the Store?? Here in Canada, Fido can't block calls like At&T. So if you have unwanted calls, you cannot do anything except to put a silent ringtone! I want that my iPhone stop to vibrate when there calls (telemarketing) try to reach me.
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  • gordymac Level 1 Level 1 (95 points)
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    Aug 5, 2008 12:01 PM (in response to TigerSSMac)
    AT&T is at issue here, not phone manufacturers. After all, it's their network. The problem is that they won't do anything until they are forced to--like thay had to do with landlines.
    Quicksilver '02 933, Mac OS X (10.4.11), iPod 5G/4G/Original/AppleTV/iPhone 3G
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