Ever wanted to blot someone completely out of your life? Let’s not go into the whys and wherefores, but let’s face it, we all have that someone, which makes learning how to block a phone number an indispensable life skill.Do Not Call Registry
If you merely wish to protect yourself from the onslaught of telemarketers, then get your number added to the National Do Not Call registry by calling 1-888-382-1222. It is against the law for telemarketers to contact you if you have been registered, so file a complaint if they continue to pester you.Handset Specific Options
For those who need to be more specific when it comes to phone numbers, there are a few options available. The first thing you should check is whether your handset has built-in features or downloadable apps that allow you to block a number. Owners of extremely old handsets, and I mean the real dinosaurs of the mobile world, should be glad to know that selective blocking used to be a common feature in phones. So, be sure to check under “Settings” or “Manage Contacts”. There is also a similar blocking function for Samsung , Blackberry and T-mobile G1 handsets which sends specified incoming calls straight to your voicemail, bypassing the dreaded “ring, ring” altogether. Sony-Ericsson users will have to take a more indirect route by setting your phone to accept calls from a list that you have specified while blocking all other numbers. Other users of models such as Nokia Symbian and iPhone will have to download apps with names along the lines of “Blacklist” or “Call Blocker” for a small fee. These should allow you to direct your blocked callers to pre-recorded and personalized messages, pleasant or otherwise, just for them.Carrier Help
Certain wireless phone carriers also provide solutions on how to block a phone number. For Verizon customers, log into your VerizonWireless account and select “Spam Control” under “My Services”. You will only be given 5 numbers to block so use them wisely. AT&T Wireless customers can opt for a $4.99/month premium service called “Parental Controls”. Sprint and T-Mobile currently don’t offer such services so you will probably have to wait until market demands drive them out of inertia. There are also a range of online services such as YouMail and Trapcall which can be explored if your other options fail.
Of course, the age-old and ultimate answer on how to block a phone number is to change your number-- crude, but effective. Just make sure your new phone number doesn’t turn up in public places, like Facebook.