How to Block a Phone Number?

Do you have a prankster or an ex who keeps dialing your number and you want to block that phone number?

Worry no more!

Based on your phone model and your carrier there are definite ways to block a phone number. Let us find out how to block a phone number by making use of some of the easiest services and with the help of technology as well.

How to Block a Phone Number from calling you?

Following methods explain how to block a phone number and one of these methods WILL work for your particular case.

National Do Not Call Registry

If you want to block pestering telemarketers from calling you, then the way to go is the National Do Not Call Registry. Once you register yourself at the DNC Registry then you will stop receiving call from telemarketing call centers and even if you receive a one-off call, you may take legal steps and compensated for the same. Please note that DNC takes up to a month to activate your registration.

Carrier Assistance to Block a Phone Number

In the US, some phone carriers offer paid ways to block phone numbers, AT&T being the leader at that.

AT&T Wireless: A&T Smart Controls offer a service called Parental Controls that can be used to limit the incoming and outgoing numbers (i.e. who can call you or whom you can call). Though, it is meant for parental controls, it works well for blocking a prankster.

Other carriers: If your carrier is Sprint, T-Mobile or Verizon, unfortunately there is no service like the one AT&T provides. However, you could always use the Caller ID feature and a good Call blocker Caller ID device to permanently block unwanted phone numbers.

(Note: Please check with your Carrier once before investing on a call blocking device. Some of the carriers have started offering limited options to block five or ten selected numbers)

How to Block a Phone Number on Your Specific Phone Model?

Android Phones: If you have an Android phone, then you can Download the FREE Call Blocker application for your phone to get freedom from all unwanted calls. This is an extremely good and user friendly android app.

iPhone: If you are an iPhone user there’re paid applications that you can use to block unwanted calls. You may search the iTunes market place for a suitable app or use something like MCleaner that works like a charm.

Blackberry: How to block a phone number on Blackberry? Well, there are good call blocker app on BlackBerry as well. The one I have seen working good on my friend’s phone is the Call Blocker Professional.

Windows Mobile Phones: There are a number of phone blocker apps for Windows Mobile that you can dig out by searching. I do not have a particular application to suggest for the time being but I have seen many.

Nokia: If you own a Nokia smart phone, you may use the BlackList or Best BlackList app to block unwanted numbres.

Most phone manufactures have started realizing the need to have options within the phone itself to block certain numbers. Some of them have options to redirect calls to voicemail if the incoming call is not from a created list. Check your phone options for any such features.

Services like YouMail

Free web services like YouMail can be used to block unwanted voice calls to your mobile phone. Check your phone’s compatibility with such services before going for the same.

Good luck for taming your phone pest or prankster! And if you know any other method to block a phone number, please share your tip as comments here.

Which SmartPhone to Buy?

Well, when you ask this question to most people the instant answer will be something like ‘iPhone 4’ or ‘Samsung Galaxy’ or ‘HTC Desire HD’ etc. However, you SHOULD NOT go for a smart phone simply because it is a lifestyle gadget or everyone else buys one.

Ask yourself the following questions before deciding which smart phone is right for you.

1. Do you really need a smartphone?
If your priorities just telephony along with basic functionalities such as easy texting, contact management, camera, you still don’t need to go for a smartphone. On the other hand, if you require Internet access, advanced computing abilities, calendar and document management, social network access and sharing, then you need a smart phone.

2. Are you comfortable with touch screen or hardware keyboard?
Touch screen phones are cool but it may not be easy to use them for all age groups. For example, picking a call or hanging up on a touch screen phone is not an easy thing to do for old people. Smartphone keyboard type is a major decision that you have and make sure that you use both the options before going for the smart phone that is best for you. There are also touch plus hardware models in the market today.

3. Are you an International Roamer?
Though CDMA phones are more popular in the United States, if you are a frequent traveler to Europe and Asia, you might want to go for a GSM smarphone that works for your roaming profile.

4. Are you tech savvy?
Most smartphones need you to be a bit technically oriented to use the same. Many of the smartphone interfaces are still not simple enough to get you started. It is a fact that Android based smartphones are mostly preferred by techies and youngsters where as there are other smartphones that are simpler but may not be as powerful.

5. Are you fine with using both hands?
Smartphones get you the best result when used with both hands. It is not easy to use smartphone functionalities with just one hand. Once again, it is about the ease of use aspect.

In addition, smartphones are heavier and at times won’t fit into your pockets. Also there are maintenance issues like the need to charge more regularly – sometimes even twice a day based on your usage pattern.

6. Carrier and Package
Your wireless carrier (service provider) and the package that you sign up with will complete your smartphone purchase decision making process. Usually, expensive smartphones may be available at cheaper prices with a longer term signup with your carrier. However, you need to watch out for any hidden charges or increased rates for value added services. Also, you need to worry about the reputation of the particular carrier + package combo.

So, which Smartphone?

If you do not have any problem in using the touch screen and budget is not an issue, something like an Apple iPhone is what you need. However, if you want to lower your budget but do not mind going a bit technical, Android based touch screen phones may be one of the options. However, if you are one of those who hate to use touch screen all the time, then something like a BlackBerry Bold may be a good option along with some of the Nokia models. And if you are a total touch screen hater, go for a hardware QWERTY keyboard equipped smartphone.

I do not want to be specific here because the models keep changing every day.

Just keep your priorities in mind and ask yourself the questions above before making a final decision. And remember, a smartphone is STILL a phone and hence do not forget the telephony aspects and ease of use of the same.