Tuesday, 31 January 2017 18:13

How to block certain calls in iOS 10

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Adam Finberg would like a call-blocking app in iOS 10 that would:

  1. Allow all calls on your contact list to ring through.

  2. Send all calls not on your contact list that are also not within designated area codes to go directly to voicemail.

If an incoming call is not within my nearby area codes that I designate, I don’t want that call ringing through.

I’ve tested three call-blocking utilities in iOS 10, though there are many.

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AT&T’s Call Protect works at the carrier level, not within iOS.

  • Hiya (free), the first released, has its own app, but also powers some of the cellular carrier’s call-blocking apps and services. It uploads your contacts’ phone numbers to whitelist them against its servers. (Read its privacy policy about how it uses those numbers.) Hiya can be free because it collects user reports as part of the services it offers elsewhere.

  • AT&T Call Protect for its customers (free) works both as an app and a feature you enable on your AT&T account and is powered by Hiya’s engine. It also uploads contacts and whitelists them.

  • Nomorobo is a long-established global blocking service with a $1.99 subscription fee for its iPhone app.

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