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  • zaklee Level 1 Level 1

    So all of the phones that have this functionality running Android are in violation of Federal regulations?


    And AT&T is saying that they can't block these calls on the cellular system even though they do allow blocking them on landlines?


    I think that AT&T was giving you a line...

  • Drdata1967 Level 1 Level 1

    Actually I thought Oz had been misinformed too . But I googled "FCC  mandate no blocking if unidentified callers" and I was quite surprised . It seems that AT&T is telling him the truth


    See for yourself, I got multiple hits from phone carriers discussing this very topic


    And it indeed seems to be an FCC mandate . I'm really quite surprised about this. But this is all relatively omit in that Apple could easily still allow us to block those calks legally . I use Vonage for my home and business lines and I very much do have the option if blocking un identified numbers . So while there might indeed be an FCC mandate , Apple supplying a feature in their software that would allow their dump summers to have the choice if blocking those calls would in no way violate that mandate at all.  While the mandate seems to discuss that you must legally supply people and companies with the ability to make private un-unidentified calls, I see nothing that would prevent anyone legally from giving a software/hardware  company like apple the ability to extend a choice to it's users as to if they wanted to accept those calks, or block them and send them to voicemail .


    Indeed since Apple is not a carrier , but even Vonage , who *is* a carrier ( though a VOIP carrier ) obviously can if they want to extend this ability to their clients


    If Apple were thinking about us their customers, more than other big business first, obviously they could do this .

  • Meg St._Clair Level 9 Level 9

    Drdata1967 wrote:


    Actually I thought Oz had been misinformed too . But I googled "FCC  mandate no blocking if unidentified callers" and I was quite surprised . It seems that AT&T is telling him the truth


    See for yourself, I got multiple hits from phone carriers discussing this very topic


    None of the links that search pulled up that I reviewed (about the first 10, so there might be some that  missed) indicated that carriers were not allowed to block unidentified callers. A couple of them stated quite the opposite. And nothing fromt the FCC popped up in that search. Verizon Wireless offers, as a paid service the ability to block unidentifed calls.


    Without combing through FCC regulations, I can't absolutely verify that the AT&T rep is mistaken. But I wouldn't consider an them an authoritative source.

  • sherylkc Level 1 Level 1

    Thanks, Marc.  I think this will work well enough for me as my unwanted calls only seem to happen very early in the morning.

  • miz_mdk Level 1 Level 1

    @OzVander Amazing. I wondered what these callers got out of repeatedly calling people who don't pick up.


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  • Skunkito Level 1 Level 1

    So wouldn't it be better to try and cure the disease rather than the symptoms?  Clearly this is an issue that annoys and effects everyone,  wouldn't it be better to try and get legislation which bans telemarketeers gaining your personal number and using it?   I live in the Netherlands and have never had a non authorised telemarketeering call.


    There will always be a workaround to technical solutions,  ban the practice and solve the problem. 


    ADDS - Google is also your friend ed-to-know/

  • Lawrence Finch Level 8 Level 8
    Mac OS X

    The US has laws that cover this. First, it is illegal to place telemarketing calls to ANY cell phone. It is also illegal to place automated recorded messages to ANY phone, cell or otherwise. And there is also an "opt out" list ( that anyone can sign up for, and it is illegal to place any telemarketing call to a number registered on the list.


    However, the bad guys just break the law, because it is almost impossible to trace them. And even if they get caught the fines are less than the profits they made with their malfeasance.

  • anjo108 Level 1 Level 1

    Yes With android there are several free apps you can install to do the job. I thought that could be possible with IOS 7 apps.... but didnt find it yet

  • mar-tin Level 1 Level 1

    Hello All,


    Albeit late, but I created a 2 step trick to beat the stubborn intruders/ "No Caller ID"/ Restricted/"ex's"/Stalkers/ etc people who keep disturbing us on our iphones...which i would love to share...


    Simply, 1. Create a contact with the name No Caller ID.

               2. The same way you block callers whose numbers you have/know, block this contact called No Caller ID.




    It has been months and i am yet to be called by these people who were a nuisance.



  • CelebrityDNA Level 1 Level 1

    This has been posted before and I have tried it.  Didn't work for me.  Read thru this thread, you'll see that it didn't work for lots of people.


    I think you were just lucky that they haven't called you since you did that.

  • mar-tin Level 1 Level 1

    I should have proof-tested my 'assumption'...You should have seen the look on my face when I added #31#My Number only for it to go through...I will however not relent..

  • Brady Johnson Level 1 Level 1

    I also get these calls.  I recently switched from an Android to iPhone.  I never got those calls on the Android, but the very day that I set up my iPhone I started getting multiple "no caller id" calls, as well as calls from "91-06" and from more standard phone numbers with distant area codes.  The iPhone cal block the ones that have actual phone numbers, but does not offer that option for "no caller id" calls.  I called Verizon and they claim that they "can't" do it because the technology doesn't exist.  This is a different line than it seems AT&T is giving.


    I have found a solution though.  After getting increasingly annoyed at the phone continually ringing and having to silence it, I started answering the calls and immediately hanging up.  For each number that I did that with the calls stopped immediately.  They began again a few weeks later and the same approach worked again.


    I checked Verizon to see if I was being billed for anything and I'm not.

  • canoecanoe Level 1 Level 1

    Could it be true that Apple just doesn't give a hoot about its users? We know that:This is a reported problem almost since the beginning of the iPhone; carriers will not address it; and it is doable. So where are you, Apple? If you are really here to support your users, DO IT! LISTEN TO US! If you will go go court against the government to protect users' privacy, why won't you give us this trivial fix to boost our privacy? If you have a year when the best you can do for improvements is to fiddle with the size of the phones again, what about a real splash - give us this fix! NOW!

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