Often, there arises the need to block a certain phone number, so that you can avoid any and every unwanted call. These unwanted calls usually include telemarketers trying to sell us something, but often you may need to avoid calls from your ex boyfriend or ex girlfriend who do not stop bothering you even after the relationship has ended. Now the question arises “How do you block a phone number?“ .You can only find a solution which is both carrier friendly, as well as mobile handset model friend. All methods may not work in the same manner for everyone, so there exists a need to make the right choice in order to get the best result. So here are 7 efficient ways by which you can block a certain phone number. Read on to find out more.
Enrolling in the DO NOT CALL REGISTRY
The option of enrolling in the do not call registry is perfect for getting rid of all the irritating telemarketers that are calling you up throughout the day to sell your loans, cards and other products. If you are a citizen of the United States, you can quite easily register for this option with the “National Do Not Call Registry” by simply calling on 1-888-382-1222 from your mobile phone on which you want to block a certain number. If you are an Indian citizen, you can follow the same pattern by sending an SMS to 1901 / 1902 by typing “START DND“. In India, it is known as the “Do Not Disturb” registry.
Help and assistance from mobile carriers
Asking your mobile carrier to provide you with help and assistance in this matter is by far the easiest way to get rid of an annoying caller if you a US citizen. Here is how it can be done:
- Verizon: You need to go your “Verizon Wireless” account and login with your User ID and password. After logging in, go to “My Services” and select the SPAM control option, where you can add a total of up to 5 phone numbers which you want to block. Both unwanted calls and messages can be blocked using this feature.
- AT&T: If your connection is provided by this well known carrier, then you can avail the “PARENTAL CONTROLS“ premium service which allows every subscriber to limit the number of people calling or texting their phone. This is done by blocking certain numbers and costs around USD 4.99 on a monthly basis.
- T-Mobile & Sprint: Both these carriers fail to provide the users with easy means of blocking any and every unwanted call. The best solution these two can provide is allow you to block numbers on your phone, which we will discuss in the upcoming segment.
Blocking numbers with handset options
Recently, each and every manufacturer of mobile handsets has made it a point to provide helpful features that prove to be extremely useful in blocking annoying calls and texts. Let us now look at some of these useful features provided by some of the most noted brands. Read on to find out more.
Samsung – You can send an unwanted incoming call straight to voicemail if you are using a Samsung model. There should also be a feature called blocklist on your phone.
Nokia – The users owning a Symbian phone will have the ability to download the Blacklist app to block any and every unwanted call.
Blackberry – Using a program known as “Efficient Call Blocker” to block calls on your Blackberry is a smart thing to do. Using this app, you can block unwanted numbers. Unwanted callers will be told that your number does not exist.
Sony Ericsson – You need to go to your SETTINGS menu, select the CALLS tab, followed by the “MANAGE CALLS” tab. Select the “ACCEPT CALLS” option and choose “ONLY FROM LIST” to add numbers from which you want to receive calls and messages. Everything else will be blocked.
iPhone – On all iPhones running on iOS 7 and above, you can quite easily block your calls. All you have to do is go to your contacts, select an unwanted caller, and simply switch on the BLOCK mode.
Changing your number
If all else fails, you always have the option to get a new SIM card or connection, and get rid of all the unwanted callers, such as stalkers and ex boyfriends. But if you want to get rid of the telemarketers, then you need the DND registry. So choose wisely.
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