Block INCOMING TEXT Messages

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Block INCOMING TEXT Messages

Is it possible to block incoming text messages?

There are some jokers, who have my number and keep messaging me random crap jokes, that I don't wanna read.

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Master

Re: Block INCOMING TEXT Messages

Call Customer Service (611) from your phone and ask them to "restrict texting".

 

This means you can't send out either.

 

It's all or nothing.

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Not so. There's SMART LIMITS FOR WIRELESS. $5 per month, or $4.99, I forget, but you can restrict up to some-teen numbers from contacting you. You can do a lot more than that, but this is the most relevant part of the feature right now.

Just know that Customer Care CANNOT configure it for you. It's pretty simple to use, though. You just need to have registered your account online, have the feature provisioned on the line you want to set restrictions on, and you're golden.

 


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Message 3 of 21
Master

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Mister Xiado wrote:
Not so. There's SMART LIMITS FOR WIRELESS. $5 per month, or $4.99, I forget, but you can restrict up to some-teen numbers from contacting you. You can do a lot more than that, but this is the most relevant part of the feature right now.

Just know that Customer Care CANNOT configure it for you. It's pretty simple to use, though. You just need to have registered your account online, have the feature provisioned on the line you want to set restrictions on, and you're golden.

 

Good point.

 

I always forget about SmartLimits...because I think paying recurring fees for blocking specific incoming texts is such a scam. It should be free.

Message Edited by Zandora on 07-10-2009 05:56:16 AM
Message 4 of 21
Master

Re: Block INCOMING TEXT Messages

I agree on the text blocking should be free.  Or even a feature of a plan.Maybe a person can block so many numbers from calling or texting..

 Also.. Try "YOUMAIL" for blocking phone numbers

 

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Why should anything that people want be free? The whole purpose of capitalism is to find a need, and to fill it at an acceptable price. If the majority of people don't mind, then you've a success on your hands.

I'd recommend skipping text messaging and going with email instead. You can do a lot more with unlimited data, and the best part is, you can use more than 160 characters in a message.

Buuuut, if you talk far more than you SPEAK, I can see how SMS messaging would be important. Some LG phones, and most Samsung phones allow you to block calls and messages directly on the device, but I haven't determined yet if this affects your billing at all.

 


I am an AT&T employee and the postings on this site are my own and don’t necessarily represent AT&T’s positions, strategies or opinions.
Message 6 of 21
Master

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Mister Xiado wrote:
Why should anything that people want be free? The whole purpose of capitalism is to find a need, and to fill it at an acceptable price. If the majority of people don't mind, then you've a success on your hands.

I'd recommend skipping text messaging and going with email instead. You can do a lot more with unlimited data, and the best part is, you can use more than 160 characters in a message.

Buuuut, if you talk far more than you SPEAK, I can see how SMS messaging would be important. Some LG phones, and most Samsung phones allow you to block calls and messages directly on the device, but I haven't determined yet if this affects your billing at all.

Because the recipient cannot control who sends the text messages. And if the recipient is not on unlimited, these SPAM text messages cost $ that AT&T unjustly enriches themselves upon.

 

I'm all for capitalism.

 

If incoming is not free (I'm ok with that), then there has to be a FREE mechanism for consumers to STOP/BLOCK spam messages that takes money out of their pocket without their control, without PAYING AT&T to stop it.

 

In the current scenario, the consumer EITHER pays for unwanted texts OR the consumer pays AT&T to BLOCK/STOP unwanted texts. This is not a consumer-friendly practice. In the current policy, the consumer has NO recourse whatsoever. This is an unfair business practice. That's why BLOCKING unwanted texts has to be free.

Message Edited by Zandora on 07-12-2009 10:09:11 AM
Message 7 of 21
Professor

Re: Block INCOMING TEXT Messages

Get a Google Voice account and start giving that number to people instead of your real number. From Google Voice you can block calls and text messages. Tell the people who are sending you the messages you have a new number and give them your Google number... when they start sending it there, you will be able to block it.
Message 8 of 21
Master

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guandalf wrote:
Get a Google Voice account and start giving that number to people instead of your real number. From Google Voice you can block calls and text messages. Tell the people who are sending you the messages you have a new number and give them your Google number... when they start sending it there, you will be able to block it.

 

Good solution going forward...but once a person has the "real" number then those msgs can't be blocked (unless you use SmartLimits or 3rd party software).
Message 9 of 21
Teacher

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Zandora wrote: 

 

In the current scenario, the consumer EITHER pays for unwanted texts OR the consumer pays AT&T to BLOCK/STOP unwanted texts. This is not a consumer-friendly practice. In the current policy, the consumer has NO recourse whatsoever. This is an unfair business practice. That's why BLOCKING unwanted texts has to be free.

Message Edited by Zandora on 07-12-2009 10:09:11 AM

Not true.  We're in America.  We have a flock of lawyers willing to press charges for emotional distress caused by individuals who continually harass AND we have a flock of lawyers willing to pounce on AT&T for refusing to aid in the stopping of harassment.  Last time I checked we have lawyers that'll do anything for a quick buck. 

 

Message 10 of 21
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bluetruth wrote:

Zandora wrote: 

 

In the current scenario, the consumer EITHER pays for unwanted texts OR the consumer pays AT&T to BLOCK/STOP unwanted texts. This is not a consumer-friendly practice. In the current policy, the consumer has NO recourse whatsoever. This is an unfair business practice. That's why BLOCKING unwanted texts has to be free.

Message Edited by Zandora on 07-12-2009 10:09:11 AM

Not true.  We're in America.  We have a flock of lawyers willing to press charges for emotional distress caused by individuals who continually harass AND we have a flock of lawyers willing to pounce on AT&T for refusing to aid in the stopping of harassment.  Last time I checked we have lawyers that'll do anything for a quick buck. 

 


 

Puh-lease...This should not rise to the level where lawyers need to get involved.

 

It's basic fairness. I'm willing to bet this is one issue that the BBB could get involved in. Because this is a basic unfair practice.

 

However, I don't sign up for anything with my cell phone number and I'm not so young that I would be victim of cell phone spamming or harassment when a relationship goes sour.

 

I also don't need texting to stay connected to my friends. So I could simply block texting altogether from my phone should that happen.

 

I personally have options that I can exercise. I just feel bad for those who are in a darned-if-you-do and darned-if-you-don't situation.

Message 11 of 21
Tutor

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guandalf wrote:
Get a Google Voice account and start giving that number to people instead of your real number. From Google Voice you can block calls and text messages. Tell the people who are sending you the messages you have a new number and give them your Google number... when they start sending it there, you will be able to block it.

Except that google voice is available by invite only.

 

I think I would be better off blocking text completely on my cell phone. I still don't know how that can be done.

Message 12 of 21
Master

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abhijit74 wrote:

guandalf wrote:
Get a Google Voice account and start giving that number to people instead of your real number. From Google Voice you can block calls and text messages. Tell the people who are sending you the messages you have a new number and give them your Google number... when they start sending it there, you will be able to block it.

Except that google voice is available by invite only.

 

I think I would be better off blocking text completely on my cell phone. I still don't know how that can be done.


 

Call customer service at 611 from your cell and ask that they "restrict Texting and MMS" from your line.
Message 13 of 21
Teacher

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Seriously?  All this talk of lawyers and BBB because of silliness?  First of all, If you are seriously being harassed then that is an issue for your local police dept... not AT&T.   Secondly, there is the free option of blocking text messaging all together, which I would never do.  But if you let the people bugging you know that you are filing a complaint with the police and intend to hit them up for the cost of the text messages and emotional distress (lol) they might stop.  Also, Smart Limits is $4.99/mo and you can block up to 15 numbers from calling or texting you.  Also, You can change your number.  And yes, there's a fee for that too... How about we all grow up and not hand out your numbers to ppl who have no business having it.
Message 14 of 21
Tutor

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I have Google Voice and its the best thing that ever happened in the telephone industry in the past 3 years. So many features like sms from your pc, block unwanted callers, add all your telephones, choose what times the phones could ring like it wont ring from 11pm to 7am or something like that. Also you can make free calls anywhere in the US like on your landline. Just call your Google Voice number from one of your phones you added press 2 and make your call. If ATT had the Fave 5 or 10 Friends and Families like Verizon you could just get the cheapest plan and make unlimited calls by using your Google Voice number.
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