Block numbers

Smithy1802

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Jan 2, 2012
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Hi, if my iPhone 4 is not jail broken and I have iOS5 is there a way to block certain numbers in my contact list for both calls and texts?

I have tried using a blacklist app on the app store and...surprise, surprise...doesn't work

Help here would be much appreciated.
 

jedolley

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Sep 18, 2009
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If you have Sprint you can manage the block call list from your Sprint.com account.
 

Smithy1802

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Jan 2, 2012
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Unfortunately I don't have sprint or verison. Might have to give calling t-mobile a go. Thanks for the advise. Would be useful if I could do it myself on the phone...hope apple incorporate this in the next update.
 

verwon

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Jul 26, 2011
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Unfortunately I don't have sprint or verison. Might have to give calling t-mobile a go. Thanks for the advise. Would be useful if I could do it myself on the phone...hope apple incorporate this in the next update.
Doubtful, since it hasn't been included since the original.
 

roxxette

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If you ever think about jailbreaking theres a very good app for it "iBlacklist" .
 

Smithy1802

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I thought about jailbreaking but I'm unsure as it will invalidate the warranty. I don't really know much about jail breaking them neither. Can I still use all my current apps and will all the current features on the phone still work such as cloud? Also will it still sync with iTunes etc the same?
 

roxxette

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Regarding ios 5 , the only 2 options that stop working are the OTA update and ibooks the last being always fixed with a patch. If you consider taking the jb step pls read everything properly and dont be afraid it can be reverted with a simple restore.
 

thatoneguy82

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Jul 23, 2008
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Unfortunately I don't have sprint or verison. Might have to give calling t-mobile a go. Thanks for the advise. Would be useful if I could do it myself on the phone...hope apple incorporate this in the next update.
Do you have T-Mobile or planning to go to T-Mobile because of this situation?

If you're on AT&T, activate the feature "Smart Limits" for $4.99/mo. You can block 30 numbers on their site as well as a whole lot of other things. I've actually tested the block. It's a recording that's says that the caller isn't accepting calls right now. And the BEST thing is that BLOCKS text messages at all. It auto responds saying the same thing that it does when you call. It's a great feature. And it's a great way to let people know you've blocked them.
 

Smithy1802

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Jan 2, 2012
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Do you have T-Mobile or planning to go to T-Mobile because of this situation?

If you're on AT&T, activate the feature "Smart Limits" for $4.99/mo. You can block 30 numbers on their site as well as a whole lot of other things. I've actually tested the block. It's a recording that's says that the caller isn't accepting calls right now. And the BEST thing is that BLOCKS text messages at all. It auto responds saying the same thing that it does when you call. It's a great feature. And it's a great way to let people know you've blocked them.
I'm already on t-mobile uk, that feature sounds pretty cool though, I'll probably have to put up with a few unwanted calls and texts
 

iceterminal

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May 25, 2008
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What I've done is create a contact called "Do Not Answer". Then I've assigned it a silent ringtone. So if they call I never hear it. After awhile, about a week or two, they stop calling altogether.

Its cheaper.
 

Givmeabrek

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What I've done is create a contact called "Do Not Answer". Then I've assigned it a silent ringtone. So if they call I never hear it. After awhile, about a week or two, they stop calling altogether.

Its cheaper.
Excellent idea! I like that. :cool:
 

Apple Key

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Jan 4, 2012
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I've always wondered the same thing.

The lack of customization on the phone's most basic settings makes them seem so archaic.

We should be able to manage a blocked calls list directly from the phone UI. It's really a wonder that home phones don't do this as well.
 

Soulman

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Dec 16, 2006
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My old Motorola...

What I've done is create a contact called "Do Not Answer". Then I've assigned it a silent ringtone. So if they call I never hear it. After awhile, about a week or two, they stop calling altogether.

Its cheaper.
I did that years ago with my razr v3 and currently... that faint "ding" is also pretty inert.
 

Calidude

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Why are you guys only discussing workarounds instead of ALSO discussing the fact that Apple should have included call blocking as a standard feature since iOS 1.0?

This revolution in phones should have come with unprecedented user control over our phone calls, and Apple should have been the first to do things like make the phone work for the user instead of having the user "call the carrier" or make the user have to resort to things like silent ringtones.
 

Smithy1802

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Jan 2, 2012
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Well said calidude. Can't really believe that this function isn't standard on all phones now
 

old-wiz

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Mar 26, 2008
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What I've done is create a contact called "Do Not Answer". Then I've assigned it a silent ringtone. So if they call I never hear it. After awhile, about a week or two, they stop calling altogether.

Its cheaper.
I would probably call it "annoying twits".

Anyway, I'm pretty sure the blocking has to be done at the carrier level.