How to block incoming text messages on a cell phone

Written by jamie lisse
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Even when you have told people you don't have a texting plan, some people still send messages and you still have to pay for them. Messages that can be blocked on most cell phones include both outgoing and incoming texts, instant messages and picture messages. If you want to block spam or other unwanted text messages on a cell phone, most major carriers offer a way, including Sprint, Verizon and T-Mobile.

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    Prepare a list of cell phone numbers and URLS that you want to block incoming text messages from on your cell phone. Some providers allow you to block text messages by phone number or website address.

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    Log on to the website of your cell phone carrier. Most major carriers have a way to block text messages through their online account management systems.

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    Sign up for an account at Sprint's online support centre to block text messages to a Sprint phone. Go to the "My Sprint" link and then to "Online Tools." Click "Block Text Messages" in the "Send Text Online" box toward the bottom of the screen. Type in all the numbers you want to block texts from when prompted.

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    Go to the My T-Mobile page of the T-Mobile website. If you do not already have a My T-Mobile account, you must sign up using the "New to My T-Mobile? Sign up here" link. If you already have an account, enter your cell phone number and password. Pull down the provided menu of options and select "Change services." A list of available services displays in the window, including different message blocking features. Choose each text blocking feature you want to activate and click "Change Services" to put the feature into effect. You cannot specify numbers with My T-Mobile, just the text type.

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    Open the Verizon texting page. Sign in or register for an account on the Verizon page. Choose "Preferences" from the texting options on the left side of the page. Choose the types of messages you want to block. You cannot block cell to cell messages, but you can specify types of text messages, such as e-mails or instant messages from the web that you want to block from your phone.

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