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Old Feb 21, 2013, 06:09 PM   #1
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Blocking Calls/Texts From Coworkers

So I have a problem that has been ongoing. I work with a few girls who constantly annoy me in terms of always asking to switch/change shifts. Before you judge, I played their game for a long time with no complaints. Now it's just become expected and annoying on their part. Same goes for my boss. I want to block them completely from texting and/or calling my cell. When they text me I want them to get an error message back that the text could not be sent. That way I can just tell them I'm having issues with my service. They aren't smart enough to figure out that I'm lying to them. I also want their calls to be blocked. If it helps I have an iPhone 5 on Verizon Wireless. Thanks for any and all help.
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Old Feb 21, 2013, 09:25 PM   #2
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There's nothing on your phone that can do that. You can disable iMessage easy enough. Maybe even disable texts as well via your carrier, not sure. But without jailbreaking, theres nothing that will auto respond to them that tells them there was an error.

Try the jailbreak forum, they might help out some.


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Old Feb 21, 2013, 09:57 PM   #3
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^^^Like you, I don't know of anything in the stock store that could do what the OP wants. My only suggestion is to turn on Airplane mode or Do Not Disturb. Good luck OP.

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Old Feb 21, 2013, 09:59 PM   #4
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Like you, I don't know of anything in the stock store that could do what the OP wants. My only suggestion is to turn on Airplane mode or Do Not Disturb. Good luck OP.
Thank you, sir. I'm gonna play around with the phone and see what I can do.
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Old Feb 21, 2013, 10:03 PM   #5
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Thank you, sir. I'm gonna play around with the phone and see what I can do.
If that doesn't work, what next? Eventually, you will need to stand up to them and tell them "No, I can't switch shifts with you. I have already made plans based on the original schedule and can't/won't change them."
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Old Feb 21, 2013, 10:12 PM   #6
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If that doesn't work, what next? Eventually, you will need to stand up to them and tell them "No, I can't switch shifts with you. I have already made plans based on the original schedule and can't/won't change them."
We'll see. I'm not really sure. Not to get too far off track here, but a few are single mothers who have a TON of self-created drama in their lives. Kids and the whole nine. I'm an understanding person, so I bit the bullet for awhile. Now it appears my kindness is being taken advantage of. My boss is just as bad. I have to eliminate them from my life and do so in a gentle way as so my work situation doesn't get anymore awkward than it already is. I'm planning on going to another facility when they have an opening, and I mentioned it to someone in passing and it spread around like a forest fire. So now they're trying to squeeze every last bit of juice from the orange so to speak.
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Old Feb 21, 2013, 10:13 PM   #7
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... Co-worker WAA! story snip...
Have you tried "Do not Disturb"? Also, call Verizon to see if you can blacklist the number.
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Have you tried "Do not Disturb"? Also, call Verizon to see if you can blacklist the number.
I was thinking that. My intention wasn't to whine, I just thought there might be a simple solution to the problem. Thanks for the tip, however.
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Old Feb 21, 2013, 10:18 PM   #9
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Just say you can't. Make up something.

After a couple times, they'll learn not to ask anymore.

Maybe the problem is you really don't have anything better to do; so find something to do. Get a hobby and tell them you have things scheduled and can't change. Doesn't matter if it's your boss or your best friend. Once in a while, sure, but you can't do it all the time.

Another solution is you should start asking them to do shift changes with you.
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I was thinking that. My intention wasn't to whine, I just thought there might be a simple solution to the problem. Thanks for the tip, however.
Its not a shot at you, I just hate a huge block of text when I quote, so I shorten it. The small sentence just relates to the text in general to remind me what happened (or I quoted).

That aside, you can try to jailbreak and search in Cydia for blacklisting apps. I know there is definitely an app in Cydia that allows you block certain numbers. However, I don't know if the other person hears "Ring, ring... until voicemail" or if they are presented with "You are blocked" style message (or number not accepting calls; either one).
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We'll see. I'm not really sure. Not to get too far off track here, but a few are single mothers who have a TON of self-created drama in their lives. Kids and the whole nine. I'm an understanding person, so I bit the bullet for awhile. Now it appears my kindness is being taken advantage of. My boss is just as bad. I have to eliminate them from my life and do so in a gentle way as so my work situation doesn't get anymore awkward than it already is. I'm planning on going to another facility when they have an opening, and I mentioned it to someone in passing and it spread around like a forest fire. So now they're trying to squeeze every last bit of juice from the orange so to speak.
Understandable. However, there are polite ways of turning people down. Not to mention, that there are always going to be people who try and take advantage of you. Learn to stand up for yourself now, otherwise, this sort of situation will surely happen to you again.

Good luck.
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I remember iblacklist could do something like that but I dont think its been updated for years and doesnt work on the new JB.
But there must be something like an autoresponder or something that gives them a busy signal.
But again, if they just call you caller id blocked it will go through.
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Old Feb 21, 2013, 10:31 PM   #13
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Understandable. However, there are polite ways of turning people down. Not to mention, that there are always going to be people who try and take advantage of you. Learn to stand up for yourself now, otherwise, this sort of situation will surely happen to you again.

Good luck.
Absolutely. Believe me, I've said no to them before. But then they whine to my boss, who in turn comes to me and tries to lay a guilt trip on me because they apparently have more responsibilities than me. Yeah, whatever. I'll figure something out. The iBlacklist app sounds like what I need . Thanks Juiced.
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Pretty sure you can call verizon and have them block the numbers. They may charge you a monthly fee to do this though.
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Old Feb 21, 2013, 10:43 PM   #15
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Pretty sure you can call verizon and have them block the numbers. They may charge you a monthly fee to do this though.
It's Verizon. Of course they will lol
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Trap Call is a subscription service I've used a couple of times ($4.95 / month) that is designed to unblock blocked phone numbers, but another feature is that you can blacklist phone numbers. Turning this feature on when you want will give them a "number disconnected" message.

Also, are the texts being sent SMS or are they sending to a messaging e-mail address, e.g., 1234567890@txt.att.net? AT&T allows you to blacklist and whitelist who can send you text messages from an app / PC / etc. On AT&T I'm not sure that you can block an actual SMS. Maybe Verizon has similar or better features.
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Pretty sure you can call verizon and have them block the numbers. They may charge you a monthly fee to do this though.
OP, you can block up to five (I think) numbers from calling you for 90 days for free by going into your account on Verizon's website. I believe you go into Safeguards and then Call Blocking or something like that.

The catch is that the blocks expire after 90 days and you'll have to re-add them. If you want a permanent block or you want to block more than a handful of numbers, you'll have to pay Verizon a monthly fee for "premium" blocking.
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OP, you can block up to five (I think) numbers from calling you for 90 days for free by going into your account on Verizon's website. I believe you go into Safeguards and then Call Blocking or something like that.

The catch is that the blocks expire after 90 days and you'll have to re-add them. If you want a permanent block or you want to block more than a handful of numbers, you'll have to pay Verizon a monthly fee for "premium" blocking.
Awesome. Gonna check that out in the AM. Five is exactly the number I need to block. Thanks very much.

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Trap Call is a subscription service I've used a couple of times ($4.95 / month) that is designed to unblock blocked phone numbers, but another feature is that you can blacklist phone numbers. Turning this feature on when you want will give them a "number disconnected" message.

Also, are the texts being sent SMS or are they sending to a messaging e-mail address, e.g., 1234567890@txt.att.net? AT&T allows you to blacklist and whitelist who can send you text messages from an app / PC / etc. On AT&T I'm not sure that you can block an actual SMS. Maybe Verizon has similar or better features.
Gonna check into it. Thanks for the response.
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I remember iblacklist could do something like that but I dont think its been updated for years and doesnt work on the new JB.
But there must be something like an autoresponder or something that gives them a busy signal.
But again, if they just call you caller id blocked it will go through.
iBlacklist works great on my jailbroken iPhone 5. According to the developer it works just fine on any iPhone running any firmware version. More info http://www.iblacklist.com.br/
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iBlacklist works great on my jailbroken iPhone 5. According to the developer it works just fine on any iPhone running any firmware version. More info http://www.iblacklist.com.br/
Oh good, hope that solves the OP's problems then.
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Oh good, hope that solves the OP's problems then.
Do I have to jailbreak to use it though?
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Do I have to jailbreak to use it though?
Yes, it requires a JB.
Download the latest evasi0n if you want and give it a shot.
Its a very nice little hack that will save you some troubles.
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Yes, it requires a JB.
Download the latest evasi0n if you want and give it a shot.
Its a very nice little hack that will save you some troubles.
I appreciate it.
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That option to block up to 5 numbers on the VZW site worked like a charm. Couldn't have happened any sooner, either. No more annoying calls from people I wish I'd never met in the first place!
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So I have a problem that has been ongoing. I work with a few girls who constantly annoy me in terms of always asking to switch/change shifts. Before you judge, I played their game for a long time with no complaints. Now it's just become expected and annoying on their part. Same goes for my boss. I want to block them completely from texting and/or calling my cell. When they text me I want them to get an error message back that the text could not be sent. That way I can just tell them I'm having issues with my service. They aren't smart enough to figure out that I'm lying to them. I also want their calls to be blocked. If it helps I have an iPhone 5 on Verizon Wireless. Thanks for any and all help.
I had a similar situation. I have a 4S non-jailbreak. I created by own auto-response. Every time I received a text I copied and pasted the same auto-response, "undelivered message 2/21/13 11:28pm #72839394" something like this. Even if they texted and I couldn't auto response right away, I still sent that auto response message.

When they'd called my cell#, I'd sent that same message. They did, however, confront me on it. I played dumb and said it must be a new feature my service network is doing when I don't get messages. They will have questions about it, but just pretend you know nothing. If they have the same cell provider as you, refer them to the provider for questions on it. They eventually stopped and I had my peace.
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