WideProtect: Call Blocker

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  1. valerii macrumors member

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    Hi everyone!

    I've been developing Call Blocking application for iPhone, and I'd like to know any thoughts about it:
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wideprotect-call-blocker/id1171024059

    The main idea is blocking phone numbers using prefixes, so you can block entire area code, for example, or block prefix of your own number to prevent spammers spoofing your number.
    The app is using CallKit features, and there is an iOS constraint about count of numbers to block, so now maximum is 20 millions numbers.

    I hope that the app will be usefull for you!
     
  2. valerii thread starter macrumors member

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    New version (2.8) is published, now it allows adding prefixes without country code, and processes Contacts list even faster!
     
  3. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    So this app would also ensure that I receive no LEGITIMATE calls from anyone around me either then?
     
  4. valerii thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes, if you want it and if you define needed prefixes.
    As I know, there are some spammers, who is spoofing your own number (for example +1 222 333-4444) and making calls from numbers like +1 222 333-4440, +1 222 333 4448 etc. So you can define prefix '+1 222 333-44' to block them.
    If you enable option 'But allow numbers from my Contacts', you will receive calls from known neighbors.
     
  5. valerii thread starter macrumors member

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    New version (3.0) is published several days ago, now it supports iOS 11's feature - blocking SMS/MMS from unknown senders. The app is marking them as spam for all prefixes, defined in the app.
     
  6. AwayB4 macrumors newbie

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    I thought to try your app because of the "prefix" ability. I will give a feedback soon...
     
  7. valerii thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks, I hope it will help you!

    By the way, new version (3.2) is adapted for iPhone X screen.
     
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  9. valerii thread starter macrumors member

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    I am glad to hear that! Thank you! :)
     
  10. sslade6752 macrumors member

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    Can it be set to block unknown caller or blocked caller I’d phone numbers?

    This is one of the features the iPhone had.
     
  11. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

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    iPhone had such features?
     
  12. valerii thread starter macrumors member

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    No, this app is blocking only incoming numbers from defined prefixes.
    For blocking unknown callers please take a look at this link, probably it will help:
    http://osxdaily.com/2016/11/10/block-unknown-callers-no-caller-id-iphone/
     
  13. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

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    That would block quite a it more than actual "Unknown" or "No Caller ID" callers. Another approach, if it works, might be somewhat better for that:
     
  14. Mad4clay macrumors 6502

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    Trying out your app. I'll keep you posted as to how I like it. Hoping it works for me.
     
  15. valerii thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks! Sure, let me know about results.
     
  16. Alps7 macrumors newbie

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    --- Post Merged, Jan 29, 2018 ---
    Hi- I just purchased and setup your app to block one prefix (410) from Outlook SMS calendar notifications and it is not working as texts continue to arrive as of this morning.
     

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  17. valerii thread starter macrumors member

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    Hi, could you check iPhone settings to be sure that you have enabled SMS blocking? It's under 'Settings' - 'Messages' - 'Unknown & Spam' (see attachments).
    Thanks!
     

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  18. Alps7 macrumors newbie

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    I'm concerned about enabling as the warning states that verification codes and other personal/sensitive information will be shared. Is this required in order for your app to work?
     
  19. valerii thread starter macrumors member

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    You know, it's interesting warning from iOS, because in spite of the app internally has access to SMS text and sender number (to decide should it be blocked or not, for example by keywords in the text), it can't share this info at all - it can't save it to settings, it can't send it over Internet etc. It made testing a bit harder, but it's good for user privacy. :)
    And yes, the app should be enabled here to work.
     
  20. Alps7 macrumors newbie

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    So I'm not interested in comprising my security/privacy. Would you issue a refund?
     
  21. valerii thread starter macrumors member

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    Probably I explained incorrectly... Don't worry, no one human can read your SMS/MMS, because it's not sent from device. Also my app is not analyzing text, only 'sender phone number'.

    Anyway, unfortunately I have no technical ability to refund, but you can ask Apple to do it, take a look at this manual:
    https://www.imore.com/how-to-get-refund-itunes-app-store
     
  22. Mad4clay macrumors 6502

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    I did have two calls come through from my blocked prefix a couple weeks ago. Not sure how, but it hasn't happened again since then. I like the app.
     
  23. valerii thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you!

    Calls may come through if you sometimes use DND mode (or DND while Driving) - in this case blocked calls appear silently on home screen and in 'Recent' list.
    I have created bug report but still waiting for answer from Apple...
     
  24. Mad4clay macrumors 6502

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    Thank you, I bet your right about that.
     
  25. Alps7 macrumors newbie

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    App doesn't work to block SMS from Microsoft Outlook Calendar reminders.
    --- Post Merged, Feb 7, 2018 ---
    Confirmed your App does not work to block Microsoft Outlook calendar SMS reminders.
     

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