Is there a way to block one number for free?

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Is there a way to block one number for free?

Is there a way  to block one number for free?I do not want to pay for a monthly service but I am getting harrasing calls from 1 specific number.

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pyc wrote:

Is there a way  to block one number for free?I do not want to pay for a monthly service but I am getting harrasing calls from 1 specific number.


Unfotunately not.

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I don't understand why not, except it's a money-maker!

 

Home phones have a feature now that allows blocking of numbers without having to use ATTs paid service.

 

 

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spd2demun wrote:

I don't understand why not, except it's a money-maker!

 

Home phones have a feature now that allows blocking of numbers without having to use ATTs paid service.

 

 


That is a really good question!

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I totally agree with this request.  The phone # I received from AT&T was previously owned by someone who doesn't know how to pay their bills.  I continue to get phone calls from credit services asking for Valerie.  Since AT&T provided the number, I think it is only fair that they offer 'free' blocking. 

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Each time we upgraded phones recently with Family Talk, mysteriously, each number would start getting scam calls from the same numbers!  How can that be a coincidence?  The fact we've had the numbers for years, but after new phones, we all get the spam calls?  Makes me suspicious that someone is giving out info. Smiley Mad

 

I was surprised to find that iPhone doesn't have a way to do this since they're the only phone that refuses to allow carriers to install their apps.

 

It's really becoming a problem, especially for those who don't have unlimited minutes!

 

I keep getting calls for Rashida who hasn't paid her bills either! Smiley Mad

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there used to be, in fact there still might, be phones that have their own call blocking feature.  you just had to add the offending phone number into your phone's address book and then block them from there.  i don't know whether all manufacturers have now removed this very useful and absolutely necessary feature.

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spd2demun wrote:

Each time we upgraded phones recently with Family Talk, mysteriously, each number would start getting scam calls from the same numbers!  How can that be a coincidence?  The fact we've had the numbers for years, but after new phones, we all get the spam calls?  Makes me suspicious that someone is giving out info. Smiley Mad

 

I was surprised to find that iPhone doesn't have a way to do this since they're the only phone that refuses to allow carriers to install their apps.

 

It's really becoming a problem, especially for those who don't have unlimited minutes!

 

I keep getting calls for Rashida who hasn't paid her bills either! Smiley Mad


interesting that you've had the same phone number for years, yet get calls for strangers on your new phones.  we experienced that phenomenon when a family member changed their no. online, and had to subscribe to Smart Limits to stop it.  (we were told that there are no more new phone no.s just recycled ones, but that the no.s are unused for at least 6 mos before being reassigned.  how could that be? the callers were asking about current issues, not old 6-mos ago issues!  *sigh*)

 

did you do your phone upgrades online?  could they be reading your browser activities?

*paranoid*

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The recycling of phone numbers depends on the demand for numbers in any given state/city, most are up to 6 months, but can be as little as 15 days in some area's (LA and NY for example.)
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I would say not
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‎09-30-2015 1:39 AM

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Options for blocking calls can be found here as well as detailed information about Smart Limits here. If you have further questions or concerns about these options please send a Private Message to us with your account number and contact number and one of our managers will be happy to assist you. 

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And I received dozens of calls and texts looking for "Joey" when I got my phone number. I STILL get the occasional call for that same person! Obviously, AT&T is at fault since they provide the numbers and so, they should a also provide free number blocking services for numbers that just don't stop calling. Oh and about out retiring numbers for a period of time before giving them out to new customers? AT&T is run by a bunch of scum bags.

 

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Bottom line, we should not have to subscribe to a paid service to block calls.  Newer home phones ('memba those?) have the option to block numbers that have called, and it doesn't cost a thing!

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I, like many others here have had harassing phone calls come in from a prior owner of our number and even though it's nice to have a service that can block 30 numbers, most of us do not need anything close to that and shouldn't have to pay to block a handful.  Verizon allows you to block up to 5 numbers for free.  Why don't you?

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‎09-30-2015 1:39 AM

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Smart Limits is a great feature that blocks unwanted calls and number on the account level, however, many popular smartphones now offer call blocking as well.

 

iPhones with iOS7 now includes call blocking option, to activate:

 

In the FaceTime or Phone app, you can go to Favorites or Recents.

  1. Tap the Info button next to the name or number you wish to block.
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the card and tap Block this Caller.
  3. Tap Block Contact.

To view or modify your blocked numbers, go to Settings - Phone - Blocked

 

 

Nokia Lumia phones with Windows Phone 8, recently released GDR2/Amber OS update added a new setting option called phone + SMS filter (you might need to download an Extras+info app from the WP Store).

 

1. Go to Phone app and find a number you wish to block.

2. Press and hold it for couple of seconds.

3. Tap "Block Number"

 

To view or modify your blocked numbers, go to Settings - phone + SMS filter

 

 

Samsung Galaxy phones with Android OS have a feature called "Auto reject list", it allows you to block individual numbers or all Blocked numbers:

 

1. Start by hitting Phone > Menu > Call settings > Call rejection.

2. Select "Auto reject list".
3. Add any number you wish to block.

 

Most Android phones have similar features, here is a good article that covers many popular Android phones.

 

Dmitriy

 

 


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