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Block Telemarketing calls automatically on iPhone ~ Macs Tech Notes

Garbage call is one of the great annoyances in the modern world. You think about your own business when the iPhone vibrates in your pocket. You pull it out, curious about who's calling, but do not know the number. You may notice that it is in the same exchange as your phone number, which indicates that it is a neighbor. But no. When you answer, it's "Heather", a pre-recorded voice that will sign up for a holiday getaway, give your business a loan, or help with your credit card debt. Attack of the intrusion, press the red hang-button and wish you had an old-fashioned phone receiver to melt down.

There is no way to oppose these foamy bottom feeders, and the best option is to hang up immediately. For quite a few versions of iOS, you have managed to block a call manually. Simply press the I button beside the call on the Recent in the Phone app screen, scroll to the bottom and tap Block this caller. But it's rarely worth doing since telemarketers often spoof the numbers they call, so you're unlikely to get a new call from the same number.

Instead, I recommend taking advantage of a feature Apple introduced in IOS 10 that allows apps to block conversations for you. Quite a lot of these apps have appeared, with some of the best reviewed items Nomoro, Hiya Mr. Number RoboKiller and Truecaller . Hiya and Mr. Number are both free and from the same company-Mr. Number is a truncated version of Hiya-while RoboKiller and Truecaller require a purchase in the app for a monthly membership. I use Personal Nomorobo, and have both home phone and iOS phone. If you are on AT & T, you can also get "Call Protect" which is free and really an AT & T branded version of Hiya.

In general, these apps work by receiving caller information from iOS and comparing it with both your local contacts (to identify good conversations) and an ever-updated database of numbers used by telemarketers (bad conversations). Calls from your contacts will ring through normally, such as calls from phone numbers that are not in any of these sets. It's important since your doctor can call back from a secondary number, or the child's new teacher can call to talk about an upcoming snack. However, if you receive a call from a number known to be used by a telemarketer, the app can either identify it on incoming call screen or block it automatically, send it to voicemail.

To enable one of these apps after downloading from the App Store, go to Settings> Phone> Call Blocker and Identification and enable it. You probably also need to do some setup in the app itself, give your phone number, maybe create an account, and decide what's going to happen with different calls (Mr. Number is shown below, right).

With Hiya and Mr Number, you can copy a number from the phone app's news screen (press the i button for a call, then press the number to access a Copy button) and then look it up to learn more and see comments other users have done. And if you get a telemarketing call from a number that the app does not recognize, you can submit it to protect others.

RoboKiller claims that telemarketer's time runs out by playing pre-recorded "Answer Bots" conversations to keep them on line so they do not ring to more people.

Details vary from app, but the only real disadvantage of using one of these apps is that it may request information about you or your contacts to improve the services. If it feels intrusive, check one of the programs that require a membership, such as RoboKiller, to see if it is better to respond to your concerns.

Finally, it comes down to how many telemarketing calls you receive each day, week, or month. If you're lucky and get only one or two per month, it's probably not worth talking to a call-blocking app – maybe just sending unidentified (and unexpected) calls to voicemail. However, if you are interrupted by multiple spam calls per day or week, give one of these apps an attempt and let it reduce the attack.

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