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Old October 15th, 2010, 11:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I use my EVO 4G for business and my number is posted on my business website. Unfortunately, I get numerous calls, often with recorded messages, from people trying to sell me something for which I am not interested. On my old, non-HTC phone I would just add the unwanted incoming number to a contact called “Delete” and set the ring for that contact to silent.

The EVO 4G does not permit dozens of numbers to be added to a single number. If anyone has a better solution to tag a number as unwanted and not ring I would love to hear about it.

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Old October 15th, 2010, 12:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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First of all, sales calls to cellular phones in the United States are illegal. make the callers aware of that and the calls should stop.

You can also install google voice and have similar abilities to what you described, but that requires that the number be added to your contacts, IIRC.

I use this app:

TCallBlocking

It works wonderfully at blocking unwanted calls and you can add numbers t it not found in your contact list. The number essentially rings once and the person calling gets hung up on. Th elite version is the same as the paid version, but with a limit on the number of numbers you can block. the paid version has no limit.
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I just purchased and installed the elite version. It appears easy to use. I appreciate the tip. Thanks!
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I tried the call blocking from a known number. My phone did not ring, but it went immediately to voicemail. I need to take this up with the software vendor.

That was a waste of time. When I tried to email them with the error I am getting it switched to a screen in Japanese.
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I use the app CallFilter. It works great except for 1 minor bug that shows the contact detail for prev call for <1 sec on incoming blocked call.
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I use SPC, it works really good.
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hasn't sprint added this ability on the website? when logged in you can add numbers that you want blocked or something like that....

I myself need to check into this. I tried to get an online insurance quote thinking it was going to give me rates and such...unfortunately it sent out my contact info to 100 insurance companies ...3 of which call me 5 or 6 times a day

ok never mind sprint allows you to block texts but I can't find anything on the call part...

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As a wireless customer, you can sign up for Do Not Call by dialing 1-888-382-1222 from the phone number you want to add to the list, or by visiting www.donotcall.gov .
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You can block phone numbers on the Sprint Website. In the section you choose to block texts, there should also be a "block voice" option. I believe you can block up to 50 numbers per line. It's been a miracle for me!
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hasn't sprint added this ability on the website? when logged in you can add numbers that you want blocked or something like that....

I myself need to check into this. I tried to get an online insurance quote thinking it was going to give me rates and such...unfortunately it sent out my contact info to 100 insurance companies ...3 of which call me 5 or 6 times a day

ok never mind sprint allows you to block texts but I can't find anything on the call part...

only found this :
As a wireless customer, you can sign up for Do Not Call by dialing 1-888-382-1222 from the phone number you want to add to the list, or by visiting www.donotcall.gov .

I think you'll find that if you give out your number asking for an online call back that they can pretty much rape you legally with calls. I know you didn't intend to get 500 calls but you probably didn't opt out of them either.

I've had callers get pretty snide with me when I mention DNC and turning them in for violating it in the same sentence.
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Just use google voice as your main # and problem is solved. Easily send number to spam with google voice.
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Just use google voice as your main # and problem is solved. Easily send number to spam with google voice.
Google Voice will do this and is a good way to start but in the OP's situation the cat is already out of the bag.

Mr. Number Call Block works pretty good and is free.
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Mr. Number Call Block works pretty good and is free.
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In my case it was the same 5 numbers calling repeatedly ...in the end I was able to email all of them (since they were all sending me 5-6 emails a day as well) and they stopped but in the meantime, and for those few people on my contact list that I just don't want to answer their call...I simply added the numbers as contacts and used the send to voicemail option
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These calls are a hassle. I use the Do Not Call List, but it's only partially effective. Rather than block the calls, I just ignore them. All but the most ridiculous offenders stop after a few tries. The best part for me is when it's in the nights/weekends, I simply pick up, mute, and go about my biz. After hearing them go "hello, hello, hello" a few times, they realize they're never going to get a response.

I wish there was a one-button option to forward these people to a fax line that never picks up. That noise stops people from calling all the time.
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In my case it was the same 5 numbers calling repeatedly ...in the end I was able to email all of them (since they were all sending me 5-6 emails a day as well) and they stopped but in the meantime, and for those few people on my contact list that I just don't want to answer their call...I simply added the numbers as contacts and used the send to voicemail option

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I'm using Call & SMS filter which works well so far. It is sad though that this phone has no call protection. My last 2 Samsung phones had options built in to choose ring tones for contacts and non contacts. When you chose non contact you could chose "no ring". It also had a function where you could block all calls not in your contacts. Why the EVO went backwards with this technology is beyond me. I was floored when I saw you pretty much have ZERO control of your incoming calls. I had to create a "silent ring" and set that for all calls then add special MP3's for my contacts. Very much a hassle. That and the fact that Sprint lied about 4G in my area are the only downsides. Otherwise, great phone.
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Just FYI to anyone who's interested; Sprint can now block numbers from calling you in their system. I don't know if there's a limit as to how many numbers you can block but it works.
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Hmm, I wonder, can I use Sprint's call blocking to block sprint's own annoying solicitation calls?
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If you are a Windows Mobile user, then it will become an easy job. The software ---- Pocket Call Blocker can help you to block unwanted calls and sms. Then you won't be disturbed by the unknown person.

Maybe you can have a look at : How to block incoming calls ? Pocket Call Blocker for Windows Mobile

Hope help~
Thanks for the tip but this is an EVO forum. Windows Mobile is not an option.
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