Cell Phone Tips

Tips & Warnings

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  • If you are receiving harassing phone calls, contact your cell phone carrier directly and notify them of the situation. Carriers will sometimes block individual numbers in this scenario for free.
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  • The iPhone allows you to set ringtones for contacts. If you create a contact called "Blocked" you can add as many numbers to the contact as you want and set the ringtone to silent. This will allow you to easily ignore calls without having to block them. 

 

 

Trying to get rid of an ex or clingy friend? Just want to keep telemarketers from calling you all the time? You can use the iPhone app iBlacklist to create a list of blocked calls for your iPhone. Blacklisted phone numbers will not be able to send you either phone calls or SMS text messages, so you can continue to use your iPhone in peace. Customize your phone's reaction to blacklisted numbers and adjust the filters for your blacklist, as well.

 

How to Block a Call on an iPhone

The iPhone has no built-in features to block phone numbers.

There exists no way to block a number directly through the iPhone; however, a number can be blocked through the cell phone carrier. AT&T users can block phone numbers by signing up for AT&T Smart Controls for $4.99 a month per line. Verizon users can temporarily block up to five phone numbers per phone on their account. The block lasts 90 days, but it can be renewed after expiration, according to Verizon Wireless.

 

Instructions

  1. Blocking a Call Through Verizon
    • 1 Sign in to your Verizon Wireless account.
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    • 2 Hover your cursor over "My Services" on Verizon, then click "Spam Controls."
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    • 3 Insert the phone number you wish to block and click "Apply."
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  1. Using AT&T
    • 4 Log in to your AT&T account.
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    • 5 Click the "My AT&T" tab.
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    • 6 Hover your cursor over "Wireless" and select "Smart Limits."
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    • 7 Click "Order Now" to add the service. After adding the service, you will be automatically sent to the Smart Limit's page.
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8 Click "Block Numbers." Enter the phone number and click "Submit." The service allows you to enter up to 30 numbers.