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Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by JM33, May 28, 2010.

  1. JM33

    JM33 Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    So... recently some jackholes have started spamming me texts with horoscope/dating/whatever ads. They send like 4 at a time about twice a day and I'm sick of it.

    I saw a few market apps that claim to block sms/calls. Reviews on all were mixed good & bad. Just wondering if anyone has had any experience with any or had a suggestion for an app to stop this madness.

    Also curious if anyone knows how they actually block. Basically I want to know if I just don't get a notification, or it just doesn't show in messaging app/handcent, or if it really gets blocked - as in not actually sent to me and does not charge me for a text.

    If all they do is stop the notification I can just use settings profiles for that. But I'd really like to not have them be charged to me. I am on a 250/month plan and might risk going over at the rate they're being sent.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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  2. icecold

    icecold Android Enthusiast

    With Handcent, you can put those contacts under the Blacklist. This does not block the texts from coming through. It only stops the messages from showing up.

    From http://www.intomobile.com/2008/05/27/verizon-reminds-its-users-theyre-in-control-when-it-comes-to-sms.html , not sure if this is added premium feature or not, but it is worth a try.

    Verizon users are on the rage when it comes to text messaging. During the first quarter of 2008, the CDMA carrier reportedly delivered nearly 58 billion text messages from coast to coast.
    Hence, Verizon wants to remind its users they can put SMS to control with “numerous consumer-friendly options to block some or all text messages.”

    These options include:
    • Blocking: Users can log into www.vtext.com or text.vzw.com using their mobile number and password, and set filters to block unwanted text messages. Available options include blocking messages from the Web/Internet (where most spam is generated), blocking all messages from e-mail, messages from up to 15 specific domain names or e-mail addresses, and/or allowing only texts sent to a nickname@vtext.com.
    • Premium SMS[​IMG] Blocking: By logging into “My Verizon” on Verizon’s website (under “Features” -> “Add/Delete”), users can block only text messages for short code campaigns that involve premium charges.
    • V-BLOCK: Users can prevent a specific mobile phone number from sending or receiving text messages, allowing only voicemail alerts to be received.
    Finally, if all this sounds too complicated, you can call Verizon’s customer service and they’ll do all the blocking for ya’.

    EDIT: The info on the article is a little dated, due to changes in Verizon's website. Log into My Verizon. Click on My Services. On the right, under Account Actions, Set Spam Controls. Add the numbers to Call & Message Blocking.
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  3. kratos

    kratos Back on my throne!!!
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    You can block numbers through Verizon. Just call the 800 number and tell them what is going on. They will block those numbers on the back end for you.

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  4. takeshi

    takeshi Android Expert

    There's no way an app can prevent delivery to your device. The app can't do anything until the message is received. There's quite a bit that can be done with apps but they aren't magic. ;)

    Preventing delivery would require blocking at a point upstream before your device receives the message.
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  5. Lock-N-Load

    Lock-N-Load Android Expert

    actually, you can do this manually via your online VZW account. you can log in and set up to block calls or SMS. I have this setup for some pesky business solicitors.

    THIS is the way to do it, I have read the SMS blocking apps work halfassed at best, hit or miss
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  6. Haywire

    Haywire Android Enthusiast

    Yep, I'd say your best bet is to do it through vzw. I've got texting blocked all together though. I use google voice :)
  7. kratos

    kratos Back on my throne!!!
    VIP Member

    I stand corrected. I didn't realize that they had that functionality on their website.

  8. Lock-N-Load

    Lock-N-Load Android Expert

    yep, only issue is that with call blocking, it only lasts like 6 months or something and you have to renter them they say. but mine have never gone away despite them saying that. so, every now and then I check in and make sure the block lists are still in place. the SMS block list does not expire IIRC.
  9. JM33

    JM33 Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Thanks for all the replies, you guys rock! :D:D:D

    I found it on My Verizon - Services - Spam Control. It lets you add 15 #s to the list to block. Hopefully I won't need that many.

    Thanks again!
  10. chippy

    chippy Well-Known Member

    Whatever number is texting you, try texting it the word STOP. I bet its a premium text message.
  11. cemocan

    cemocan Lurker

    you can use the program in phoload.com i have downloaded it.works great
  12. mrgigabyte

    mrgigabyte Member

    i had the same problem but it is with email to sms and thats harder to block i have tested all the best ones and this one is free and no ads also and when it blocks you can have a notification on or off this works from your address book and if not on then blocks i been using for about 6 months and love it to not get brother anymore
    No Spam Sms

    by SunLikeStar
  13. jsonmat

    jsonmat Lurker

    You can use third-party apps such as Go SMS Pro.
  14. Petrah

    Petrah Psychotic Female

    Glad you got this all sussed out! ;)

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