Can I block a number on the iPhone?

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  1. snowydog macrumors 6502

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    As the title says - anyway to block a number from texts or calls?

    :eek:
     
  2. Mrbobb macrumors 601

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    Assign them a silent ringtone that's all u can do.
     
  3. snowydog thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Awh that's rubbish :(

    Ah well .. I'll do that MrBobb
     
  4. lordofthereef macrumors G4

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    You can have your mobile provider block it. Also, there are jailbreak options.
     
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  6. robdam1001 macrumors 6502a

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    iBlacklist (Jailbroken)

    I have AT&T block Spam callers
     
  7. Mrbobb macrumors 601

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    U have to EXACTLY tell us how to do that, because if this works, we can all collectively put those pesky political robo-calls to bankruptcy!
     
  8. lordofthereef macrumors G4

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    It's quite easy. You call AT&T and give them the number. They actually charge for the service, but I had a number bothering me nonstop about extending the warranty on my car. They were able to see that I was getting multiple calls a week and happily blocked it for me for free.
     
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    step one Jailbreak
    step two install iBlacklist
    step three enjoy your new, silent phone.
     
  11. hexonxonx macrumors 601

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    get a Google Voice number and give everyone that # instead of your real #. Then, when you get calls that you want to block, you can do it through the Google Voice website. They will hear a message saying that your # in no longer in service when the blocked caller tries to call you.
     
  12. abz1981 macrumors 65816

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    This is the one feature I hope that comes out on ios7. Not all carriers offer a block service. So hope apple expands on do not disturb and bring this out. To block sms and calls. With out the need to jailbreak.
     
  13. dictoresno macrumors 601

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    FYI, verizon has both paid and free number blocking. for free, you can log into yout myverizon account online and block up to 5 numbers for free for i think 90 days. or you can subscribe to an add on feature that offers unlimited blocks.
     
  14. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    This will never happen. The cell carriers make too much money for Apple to cut them off like that. It's been several years since the original iPhone and Apple's never gotten around to this, I don't think they ever will. DND, a messed up and poorly thought out feature that only works if your iPhone is locked is the best we will get from Apple.

    OP, lots of people have reported issues with iBlacklist. I have it, but I don't have it installed any more. What I use is RingerX VIP which is another JB tweak. It allows me to assign ringtones to groups (not just individual contacts). This allows me to have a BLOCKED CALLER contact to which I add every phone number I don't want to hear from. RingerX VIP has that contact set to completely mute and ignore any calls from that contact. The only notification I get is if they leave a VM.

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    Sprint does not charge anything to block at the carrier level. And you can block as many numbers as you like for as long as you like. I've had a few numbers blocked for more than a year or so. You can do it easily right from your account on their website. Just set it and leave it, you don't have to think about it anymore.
     
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  16. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    I have Call Bliss and it does work. But, Call Bliss relies on DND. And DND does not work when your iPhone is unlocked, which means Call Bliss does not work when your iPhone is unlocked.
     
  17. avanpelt macrumors 68020

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    Apple did it to the carriers with iMessage; and the carriers likely make much more money on SMS than they do on call blocking.

    There's no reason Apple couldn't/shouldn't implement incoming call/text blocking on the device level. I, for one, hope we see Do Not Disturb become much more robust in iOS 7.
     
  18. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    I can see your point there, but iMessage doesn't replace SMS/MMS. If Apple had rolled out iMessage with the intent to completely replace SMS/MMS and make it so you never had to use your carrier for this ever again that might be a point. But, of course iMessage, while it can be used solely for messaging did not replace SMS/MMS and can't be used with those who don't have an iPhone or iPod Touch. And there are still iPhone and iPod Touch users who do not use iMessage for whatever reason.

    The same with DND. It provides a way to avoid annoying calls and text messages, but it does not replace carriers call blocking. While I certainly hope Apple improves upon it and I will be very happy if I'm wrong when iOS 7 comes out, right now I just don't see it.
     
  19. avanpelt macrumors 68020

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    No, iMessage doesn't completely replace SMS; but I know 95+% of the messages I send and receive are iMessages. That has to have hurt the carriers' ability to sell unlimited texting plans for $30 a pop to those that don't already have a plan that has unlimited texting bundled in. I have a Verizon Share Everything plan and I wish I could drop it down to 200 SMS messages a month and shave $20 off my monthly bill. Unfortunately, they don't give me that option.

    Apple wanted to create a messaging experience for its customers that was unique compared to what the carriers can provide. Everybody else who's not an iOS user has to use only what the carriers offer for SMS.

    Apple could/should take the same stance with DnD. They can create a better experience for their customers than what the carriers can provide in terms of giving the user more control of who can reach them. Everybody else who's not an iPhone user will have to stick with managing call blocking via their carrier's website.
     
  20. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    I don't really know what to say to that. We've had an unlimited text/data plan from Sprint since Christmas of 2008 and before that it was a Fair & Flexible plan that had us at 1000 shared text messages per month. Before that, we didn't text so we've never paid seperately for text messaging.

    If you are saying unique, in that Apple handles it, well OK. But, the only difference I have ever seen between iMessage and standard text messaging is the fact that the color bubble changes from green to blue.

    I can count on two hands the number of people I iMessage. Except for my sister and a few friends, most of those people live outside the US. In that regard iMessage is great because it's saved me on international texting charges which my unlimited plan does not cover. I don't have a lot of people I iMessage because most of the people I know don't have iDevices. One person I know has an iPod Touch and could use iMessage, but doesn't.

    I also have a Google Voice number and the ability to use Talkatone for free texting, which I have done in the past when I was using my iPhone 3GS as a backup phone (it's WiFi only).

    My point is that if Apple was to truly threaten the carriers with iMessage they would have found a way to completely replace standard text messaging to any phone (iDevice or not) using iMessage. They didn't because doing that would have cut the carrier out completely and they can't do that and still sell iDevices.

    I don't disagree with you. But Apple is all about more control to Apple, not the user. I would love to be wrong, I would love Apple to fix DND and make it a true call blocking feature at the phone level. I just don't see that happening though.
     
  21. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Seems like iOS 7 will address the issue: there's now call, message, and FaceTime blocking.
     
  22. SFStateStudent macrumors 604

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  23. Pug72 macrumors 6502a

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    Phone
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    Tap the circled blue exclamation mark on the right
    Scroll to bottom
    Tap "Block this caller"


    I'm sure this is not new.
     
  24. SFStateStudent macrumors 604

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    Not new it's been around since iPhone 4S I believe...
     

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