Blocking phone calls
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Everyday I get a call from one specific phone number that I am not familiar with. They never leave a message and it fills up my missed calls queue. I programmed the phone so the calls don't ring my phone. Is there any way to block that number from calling my phone?

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  • I am interested in this as well.  I used to use the Sprint>Google Voice integration, and it was awesome at catching spammy calls and I could manually block numbers.  Now all those numbers I blocked are getting through.  :(  I know Ting would like to offer Google Voice integration, but can I manually block numbers while waiting for this feature?

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  • I am receiving some of these calls as well, any information related to blocking these calls would be appreciated. I too used to use Google Voice integration to mitigate this problem.

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  • I'd really like to know this as well. I have had my new phone/number for 4 days and already the first junk call. :(

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  • I know my unwanted caller and I have to be able to block calles.

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  • Can someone from Ting please answer the question on how to block unwanted calls?  If it can't be done via the Ting Account Page, is there a way to do it directly on the phone?

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  • There are multiple free apps out there that can do this. I've used call control, with it you can identify numbers that should be blocked or specify how to handle them, they also have a community black list of known spammers.

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  • Apps are fine if you have a smart phone. Mine is a basic Sanyo Vero phone.

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  • When I had a basic phone with Sprint, you could do this when you logged into your account (I think you could do up to 8 or 10 numbers). Maybe Ting has a way of borrowing/mimicking that feature from Sprint.

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  • I always get this random annoying call from a Cruise Liner in India that I badly want blocked. How can we block calls, Ting?!

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  • +1 for the topic.

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  • +1. I found the thread about blocking text messages from particular numbers. Does this work for voice calls also?

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  • So the basic problem is that at least when I looked at the developer kit Google gives us (the SDK), there was no method they provided for pre-empting an incoming call. You can be notified of an incoming call, and you can then cause the phone to hang up, but not before one or two rings make it through. I've seen some work-arounds, like silencing the ringer and adding another ringer, but those are unreliable or have unwanted trade-offs.

    I also know that some apps work by rooting the phone, but those also come with the perils of modifying undocumented parts of android. Unfortunately it's not a simple problem to solve from a purely app perspective.

    Now if Google and the carriers gave us a way, that would be different.

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  • This really shouldn't have anything to do with the Google (Android?) SDK.  I am looking for something at the carrier level to block calls/texts.  My wife has a feature phone and keeps getting spam calls and texts.

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  • Oh, well yeah for it to work with any phone, it would have to be at a carrier level.

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  • Apparently an Android app called "Call Control" will block calls by one of two methods (your choice): (1) send call to voicemail; or (2) hang up on caller -- both of these without ringing your phone (according to their app description).  It also has an option to block all known spam numbers (according to their own database).  The Lite version is free, but allows you to specify only 3 numbers to block, plus the known spam numbers.  The lite version gives you only one update to the spam number database, so over time you might start getting spam calls as the spammers change their numbers.  The paid version (one-time $7.99 charge) has unlimited spam number database updates and allows you an unlimited number of items in your manual block-calls list (blacklist).  It has many other features too.  I just now installed it, and will post back if it has problems.

    I'm a little afraid of using the "block all known spam numbers" blacklist function -- as they say they get these numbers from their users.  It's possible that someone I do business with and I want to receive calls from could be in their blacklist.  They don't say how or if they verify those numbers as always being spam.

    -Tom

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  • Apps are a temporary solution it would be nice to get a permanent one. Google voice integration would solve the problem so hopefully we get it soon.

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  • I second this feature.  On a service like Ting, where literally every minute counts, I think this feature should be standard.  Hopefully someone from Ting will provide an update.

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  • Call blocking at the network level isn't a feature Ting supports at the moment. For Android users, there are apps for that which should keep you from getting charged if you have it send the call to voicemail.

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  • I thought I would bring up the fact that the Galaxy S3 has a very nice call blocking feature baked right into the software. Go to the Dialer application, tap menu, and you'll see a Call Rejection feature. You can block all anonymous calls, then by partial match. For example, I blocked everything that starts with "000" and "111" because those aren't real numbers.

    Galaxy S3 FTW.

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  • Just began having the same problem, with a Kyocera phone that is a few pence short of a pound - an 'appless' phone you might call it.

    My workaround was to save the incoming garbage call (from a recording 'This is your captain speaking...') into Contacts as an Other type phone and name this first one  "z JUNK 1" (the letter zed so that it stays at the bottom of my phone list).

    That should pretty much save me from accidentally answering this kind of repeat sucker until I fill the memory with a few hundred of these JUNK numbers or until I get a friend named Junk, whichever comes first.  And further assuming my new friend Junk refuses an ultimatum either to go by a different name or stop being friendly.

    Vic the hater of junkcalls

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  • Good idea

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  • Blocking anonymous calls is a bad idea for US military veterans, since the Veterans Administration generally uses anonymous calls for confirming medical appointments and calls from your doctor.

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  • Is there any reason to think that transferring your old cellphone number results in fewer spam calls than using a new Ting-supplied number? My current cellphone number has settled down into just a few annoyance calls these days, and I'm not anxious to jump from the frying pan into the fire when my Ting smartphone arrives.

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  • Well sure, Francis, numbers are numbers, and a random new one assigned from Ting's pools might very well be on some spammy lists that your current number isn't.  In any case it wouldn't hurt to visit https://www.donotcall.gov/register/reg.aspx to at least ward off the semi-legal spammers.

     

    No idea what, if anything, Ting does to "sanitize" its numbers for your protection.

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  • Hi B,

    The numbers are technically coming from Sprint, so whether or not they're doing anything more than taking them out of rotation for several months I can't say.

    My understanding though is that that is usually all that happens.

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  • This is the method I use on my Ting Galaxy SIII: Tap the phone icon. While in the phone mode tap the menu button in the lower left and select call settings. Under Call settings, select Call rejection at the top of the list. On the call rejection page, select Auto reject list. On the auto reject list, select Create and tap the + sign. Tap in the number you desire to block and tap Save. Works for me!

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  • On NTC EVO 4G, you can send a telephone number/contact to voice mail permannatly by accessing your call log, press and hold on the number or contact of that call, choose save to people/contact (if you haven't already done so), view call history again, find the telephone number/contact you just added, choose to view contact, choose send to voicemail "ON", click on OK to confirm your choice. Some other Android phone might have a different approach but you should be able to send the spam caller to voice mail so you won't be charged for your calls.

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  • My phone/service using Sprint - Can I sign up in Sprint as an account holder in order to block an incoming phone number?

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  • not likely, since your plan is with Ting. Ting just happens to use Sprint's & Verizon's networks.

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  • Bruce is correct. I can't imagine Sprint will do that for you without being a Sprint customer.

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