1. iMore Question's Avatar
    I keep getting calls from private numbers on my 6s and I would like to know how I can block them.
    10-02-2015 09:55 AM
  2. HankAZ's Avatar
    I keep getting calls from private numbers on my 6s and I would like to know how I can block them.
    Contact your wireless service provider.
    10-02-2015 10:43 AM
  3. bbroon19's Avatar
    Or you can manually do it once you've received the call, or know the number
    10-02-2015 02:26 PM
  4. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    If it says "private" or "unknown" or some such, there's nothing you can do to Block the number, unless you have the number. Even your carrier can not block those.
    10-02-2015 03:09 PM
  5. Jaguarr40's Avatar
    I keep getting calls from private numbers on my 6s and I would like to know how I can block them.
    Contact your wireless service provider.
    If it says "private" or "unknown" or some such, there's nothing you can do to Block the number, unless you have the number. Even your carrier can not block those.
    Like these 2 other gentlemen said to you, you are a bit stuck but your wireless is the best bet as they MIGHT be able to block it as they call premium calls or messages but thy can tell you.
    10-02-2015 04:28 PM
  6. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    Like these 2 other gentlemen said to you, you are a bit stuck but your wireless is the best bet as they MIGHT be able to block it as they call premium calls or messages but thy can tell you.
    If there is no number, the carrier can't see who it is. I had a long talk with Verizon about this last year.
    TwitchyPuppy likes this.
    10-02-2015 05:18 PM
  7. ame's Avatar
    Like these 2 other gentlemen said to you, you are a bit stuck but your wireless is the best bet as they MIGHT be able to block it as they call premium calls or messages but thy can tell you.
    Your carrier can usually block anything private/unknown. They can set up on your account to not allow a number through that is private, blocked, or otherwise. However, your doctor's office could call from a private/blocked number, and you might miss those calls, and any other calls you are needing/wanting by doing this.
    10-02-2015 06:51 PM
  8. HankAZ's Avatar
    Your carrier can usually block anything private/unknown. They can set up on your account to not allow a number through that is private, blocked, or otherwise. However, your doctor's office could call from a private/blocked number, and you might miss those calls, and any other calls you are needing/wanting by doing this.
    I know for sure that AT&T used to do this for a fee...
    10-02-2015 06:57 PM
  9. yaynative's Avatar
    If there is no number, the carrier can't see who it is. I had a long talk with Verizon about this last year.
    AT&T can block them for $5 a month
    10-02-2015 06:58 PM
  10. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    AT&T can block them for $5 a month
    Link? If they do, it would be all inclusive. You can't pick n choose. If you get a call like that and call your carrier and ask that number be blocked, they couldn't do it. They'd need the number.
    10-02-2015 08:48 PM
  11. yaynative's Avatar
    Link? If they do, it would be all inclusive. You can't pick n choose. If you get a call like that and call your carrier and ask that number be blocked, they couldn't do it. They'd need the number.
    It was called smart limits, I subscribed to it for years up until a few years ago. I just looked at their site and they no loner support it. Your insistence that they would need the number is incorrect as they did it in the past. There some visual voicemail services that do it still.
    10-02-2015 09:02 PM
  12. xanadome's Avatar
    Many carriers offer a service to block unknown/private numbers. Rogers here do.
    To do this on a phone side on iPhone, you have to jailbreak and use a call blocker app.
    For a non JB iPhone, you may want to check "YouMail" app. Thought they could do all sorts of things, including blocking private/unknown numbers.
    10-02-2015 09:31 PM
  13. DINGSTER1's Avatar
    Another vote for You mail on iPhone.
    10-03-2015 05:54 AM
  14. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    It was called smart limits, I subscribed to it for years up until a few years ago. I just looked at their site and they no loner support it. Your insistence that they would need the number is incorrect as they did it in the past. There some visual voicemail services that do it still.
    Verizon tells me they can not block a caller without the number.
    10-03-2015 08:07 AM
  15. xanadome's Avatar
    Verizon tells me they can not block a caller without the number.
    I think the way they block those private/unknown numbers is precisely because they cannot iD those numbers. I believe they simply block anything that do not carry numbers in a blanket way.
    10-03-2015 08:24 AM
  16. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    I think the way they block those private/unknown numbers is precisely because they cannot iD those numbers. I believe they simply block anything that do not carry numbers in a blanket way.
    How? If so, I wouldn't want to do that. Some calls like that are legit. It may be my Doctor calling from his private line.
    10-03-2015 10:03 AM
  17. xanadome's Avatar
    How? If so, I wouldn't want to do that. Some calls like that are legit. It may be my Doctor calling from his private line.
    Exactly. See post #7.
    The pont was that carriers (many of them) do offer an service to block/unknown numbers and the phone ID is not needed (or no phone ID, hence private/unknown). Maybe your carrier (Verizon) do not offer it, or the person you talked to was not knowledgeable. All call blocker apps probably distinguish private/unknown numbers from callers with numbers by the same algorithm.
    However, I am sure carriers can identify those numberless calls if they wanted, or asked by Police etc. But for the call blocking purpose, above method works. But I am not an expert of how phone works :-).
    10-03-2015 02:50 PM
  18. xanadome's Avatar
    How? If so, I wouldn't want to do that. Some calls like that are legit. It may be my Doctor calling from his private line.
    Oh BTW, my carrier, when blocking private/unknown numbers, broadcast a message that says that the customer blocked the number and the caller has to call back with identifiable number. And doctors etc already know that many people block private number, so they will call you back from other number.
    However, if you use a call blocker app, depending on how you set it up, it picks and hangs up immediately without giving the caller an opportunity to leave a message.
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    10-03-2015 02:57 PM
  19. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    Oh BTW, my carrier, when blocking private/unknown numbers, broadcast a message that says that the customer blocked the number and the caller has to call back with identifiable number. And doctors etc already know that many people block private number, so they will call you back from other number.
    However, if you use a call blocker app, depending on how you set it up, it picks and hangs up immediately without giving the caller an opportunity to leave a message.
    I used to could do that on landlines. But can't on smartphone. Not sure. They may charge for it now. I'll have to call and ask.
    10-03-2015 03:09 PM
  20. Not Quite Right's Avatar
    I think it's stupid that it's possible to have private, or unknown numbers to begin with. What good reason is there in this day and age for that type anonymity?
    10-04-2015 09:48 AM
  21. HankAZ's Avatar
    Mostly spam. But some government offices do that as well. For instance if my dad calls me from work, it shows up as Unknown Caller.
    Did you actually make a distinction between SPAM and the US Government offices? #bwahahaha
    10-04-2015 10:43 AM

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