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Why doesn't the iPhone include the feature to block phone calls received from certain numbers?
I've added my info to the Do Not Call Registry, but I still receive robocall spam from a couple numbers on a weekly basis.
In speaking with ATT, the phone company will only block the numbers if I pay $4.99/month for the blocking service.
Many of the iPhone competitors include basic number blocking features. My wife and I have been long-time Apple customers and otherwise are big fans of the iPhone. But without this basic feature, we're both going to start looking into other options.
Can Apple or anyone else give me a good reason that Apple does not include this seemingly straight-forward feature on its phones? Otherwise, I can't help but think it's simply to give ATT and other service providers another source of revenue from their customers.
Because it doesn't. True call blocking can only be done by the carrier.
No third party app could do this without compromising the security of the phone. That's one of the reasons the API calls necessary to do it are not public.
As I said, call blocking can only truly be done at the carrier level. The best your phone could do would be to reject the call and send it to voicemail. That's not blocking. It may appear the same to you, except for the fact that the caller can leave a voice mail, but it's not actually blocking anything. The call has to get to your phone before it can be rejected.
Thanks, I appreciate the response.
I'm not really concerned whether the iPhone blocks the call or simply rejects it. Is there any reason that Apple doesn't allow me to reject phone calls? (The best solution I can find otherwise is simply to give the unwanted caller a silent ring, which isn't really the same thing.)
Mine does give me an option to reject or you can double tap the sleep button on top of the iPhone.
True, you can reject calls manually or by double-tapping the sleep button. I'm wondering why there isn't a feature that simply allows you to automatically reject calls from certain numbers so that the user doesn't need to make the effort to see who's calling and then reject the call. A feature like that would seem pretty useful for dealing with phone spam ... and it's something that appears available on competitors' phones.
IMO, the best call blocker (for me) is me... I don't answer calls I don't recognize. It's pretty foolproof.
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