Perhaps you received repeated calls from telemarketers on your iPhone; you don't want to call them back, because that will only encourage them to call more. Perhaps a fax machine has decided that your iPhone is its intended destination and won't stop calling you. Fortunately, no matter who is calling your iPhone, you have the ability to block the incoming call or use apps that will help you ignore the calls and keep them from bugging you.
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Call AT&T or your iPhone's service provider to install their version of call blocking on your iPhone. AT&T's service is called Smart Limits and costs £3.20 per month.
Make a list of all the incoming phone numbers you want to block.
Activate Smart Limits. Specify the numbers you want to block. Your iPhone will no longer accept calls or text messages from these numbers.
Smart Limits from AT&T;
Download a silent ringtone to your computer. Open iTunes on your computer. Open the Ringtones section of your iTunes library. Copy the silent ringtone file into the Ringtones section of iTunes.
Plug your iPhone into your computer and sync your phone with iTunes. Syncing will automatically load the silent ringtone into your iPhone's ring tones.
Turn on your iPhone. Touch the "Settings" button to open your Settings. Touch "Sounds," then touch "Ringtones." You will now see "Silence" as a new option among your ring tones.
Touch the Phone button on your iPhone. Touch the "Contacts" button. Enter a new contact to include all the numbers you wish to block. Label the blocked numbers with a name you'll remember, such as "Blocked," in case you want to add new numbers later. Enter all the phone numbers you want to have blocked into this contact.
Choose a custom ringtone for the numbers you are listing to be blocked. Choose the "Silence" ringtone. Repeat this step for any other numbers you wish to block. Now when these callers try to reach you, the call will go through, but you will not hear your iPhone ring. However, this method does not provide complete call blocking, since your callers will still be able to leave you voice mail messages or send you texts.
Turn on your iPhone. Go to the App Store. Purchase the app MobileGate, made by Cydia.
Download and install MobileGate. Open the app. It will ask you to divide your iPhone's contact list into a White List and a Black List. The White List is the list of calls you are willing to take. The Black List is the list of calls you want to block. Create a separate White List and Black List for your incoming phone calls and also for your incoming text messages.
Go to the Profile screen inside MobileGate. Set the on/off toggle switches, which will allow you to block or accept your entire contact list, your Black List, your White List, all unknown calls and all private calls or calls where caller ID is blocked.
Go to the "Settings" screen within the MobileGate app. Enable MobileGate by flipping the on/off toggle switch to On.
Decide whether you want to hang up on unwanted calls and text messages or simply to ignore them. Check the appropriate choice under the "Block Mode" section of the MobileGate Settings screen. If you choose to ignore calls and text messages, the callers will hear your iPhone ring, but you will not be aware that they are calling.
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