Carrier Possible?: New Carrier, Less Spam

Mac'nCheese

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Ever since I switched from ATT to Sprint I have see a noticeable drop in spam calls. Is it at all possible that the drop is due to the switch or is this just a happy coincidence?
 

eyoungren

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I doubt it's due to the switch if your number is the same.

Something to note with Sprint though. Unlike the other carriers, Sprint offers true call blocking at the carrier level for no charge.

If you access your Sprint account you can go into your preferences and put any number that is bothering you in the block list. It makes it so you can neither call that number nor receive a call from the number. The blocked number never makes it to your phone because it gets cut off by the carrier.

Of all the things I hated during my time with Sprint this was one thing I actually appreciated.

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ericgtr12

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I was getting about 10 or more spam calls a day on ATT, I had moved to a different state anyway so I finally decided to change my number. It was the only way to stop them, they would come in with different numbers every time (like a slight change in the last 4 digits) so it was impossible to block. Sad that there's no real protection from this.
 
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eyoungren

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Sad that there's no real protection from this.
My protection is the same as it's been since 1995, only the technology has changed.

Before cellphones we screened calls. Once we got cellphones then came the contact list. If you are not on my contact list, I don't answer the phone. If you are a spammer and leave a VM, I delete it. Most of the spammers don't bother and those that have a legit reason to be contacting me do leave VM. I can then put them in my contact list.

I have an extensive BLOCKED CALLER contact with a silent ringtone that per iOS has also been "blocked". So, if I see said local number more than a few times it gets added to that list.

Not for everyone of course, but I have less than 10 people that I routinely communicate with and they are already in my contacts. My job is not public facing and doesn't involve having to deal with people calling me. Hence I can afford to operate this way.
 

Newtons Apple

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The iOS app AT&T Call Protect has greatly helped me stop the spam calls. The most egregious and dangerous callers are blocked by AT&T before ringing.
I use the same and it has stopped 90% of my calls. Love to go into the app and see the same number dialed my iphone 33 times in less than 90 seconds!

I hate these people! Sooner or later there needs to be some "teeth" in the laws. The Do Not Call list is a joke just like everything else the government runs! It was likely hacked years ago!
 
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