1. smittyatl's Avatar
    I have been getting a ton of calls from a set of numbers that are trying to sell me something. I blocked all these numbers, but they are still able to go to voicemail. I have gotten 50 voicemails in the past month from these people and it is pissing me off.
    Tmobile's solution is to change my number (which I have had a decade) or give them $4 a month when my bill is already $170 a month to block it.

    Does anyone know of an app that can block crap from going to voicemail?
    01-20-2020 06:20 PM
  2. mathguy60's Avatar
    You could try Tasker. When a call comes in from a unwanted number, let Tasker answer the phone and after 0.5 seconds hang up. That way they won't go to your voicemail. You'll still have a problem with anonymus calls though.
    01-21-2020 01:04 AM
  3. Cynthia Johnston's Avatar
    Also, you can use RoboKiller. It acts like a good blacklist/whitelist service do blocks AND robospam don't get more than a single ring. If it rings twice, then it's a valid call.
    01-21-2020 02:10 AM
  4. methodman89's Avatar
    I have been getting a ton of calls from a set of numbers that are trying to sell me something. I blocked all these numbers, but they are still able to go to voicemail. I have gotten 50 voicemails in the past month from these people and it is pissing me off.
    Tmobile's solution is to change my number (which I have had a decade) or give them $4 a month when my bill is already $170 a month to block it.

    Does anyone know of an app that can block crap from going to voicemail?
    Tmobile has what's called 'Family Allowances'
    Log into your tmobile account and add the unwanted numbers so they cannot leave vm, text, or ring through. Good luck
    01-21-2020 06:28 AM
  5. SpookDroid's Avatar
    Just a reminder, Voicemail is a carrier-dependent service and it is not handled/managed by your phone. Unless you disable voicemail on your line or your carrier has call filters FOR VOICEMAIL, there's no way to selectively block calls from being sent to voicemail when your device doesn't pick up or declines the call.
    01-21-2020 09:57 AM
  6. Cynthia Johnston's Avatar
    Just a reminder, Voicemail is a carrier-dependent service and it is not handled/managed by your phone. Unless you disable voicemail on your line or your carrier has call filters FOR VOICEMAIL, there's no way to selectively block calls from being sent to voicemail when your device doesn't pick up or declines the call.
    THAT is the reason I recommended RoboKiller! It sets up as a run-through, so it'll catch numbers you blacklist and will either hang up or play a spoof 'caller', so you can later listen to see if there is any amusing answer you can listen to - on THEIR answering service!
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    01-21-2020 10:10 AM
  7. pizza_pablo's Avatar
    THAT is the reason I recommended RoboKiller! It sets up as a run-through, so it'll catch numbers you blacklist and will either hang up or play a spoof 'caller', so you can later listen to see if there is any amusing answer you can listen to - on THEIR answering service!
    The app developed by TelTech Systems Inc ?
    01-21-2020 02:16 PM
  8. Cynthia Johnston's Avatar
    The app developed by TelTech Systems Inc ?
    Yep, that's the one!
    01-22-2020 12:22 AM
  9. VidJunky's Avatar
    You could get Google Voice it has a ton of features including very detailed control of calls and voicemail.

    With Voice you can or get;
    Free Visual voicemail - send all of your voicemail to any device as a text message and/or email, you can still listen to the message and all messages are available from anyplace you can log into Google.

    Personalized outgoing messages - From Granny to your bestie customize a voicemail greeting for each and have a generic greeting for everyone else.

    Incoming calls only get greeting - Don't want every call to go to VM but you still want to say something to the caller, create an outgoing greeting for the contact and uncheck the send to VM box.

    Send calls directly to VM - With or without a customized greeting send calls directly to VM and prevent them from ringing your phone at all.

    Send calls to all of your devices - Have a work phone, a personal phone or a occasionally forget your device when you're out with your SO. Add all of the numbers where you can be reached, even landlines, to your account and when a call comes in that isn't answered by your main number the call will then go to all of the numbers associated with your account.

    Don't want to give out your actual Phone number - Google Voice gives you a local number that you can use for any purpose. Receive calls and texts to this number like it was your main number.

    Make long distance calls - While long distance is pretty much a thing of the past international calls can still set you back and with GV you can by pass your carrier and pay a possibly discounted rate for calls.

    Don't want to be tied to your phone - Because Voice is a Google service, just like other Google services all of your Voice settings, calls, texts and VM are accessible from anyplace you can log in to Google.

    Google Voice replaces your carriers VM service.

    There may be a feature or two that I missed but if you have any questions I will do my best to answer them.
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    01-22-2020 01:18 AM
  10. SpookDroid's Avatar
    While I love the IDEA of GVoice, it does comes with its own set of caveats just as long as the list of features. For instance, even though long distance rates are competitive, most carriers are now just as low, not to mention included (like calls to/from Mexico/Canada on major carriers), which would be paid in GVoice.

    International Texting, which also some carriers now include for free, is not supported with GVoice but to US and Canada numbers. Paid SMS services, promotional SMS (like to sign up for a store's loyalty program, shopping codes, etc.), and service SMS (like delivery notifications, Exchange e-mail servers notifications, etc.) are also not supported on the vast majority of services.

    So if you do consider GVoice to make it your main number, you have to make sure the limitations are not going to ruin your experience.
    01-22-2020 09:59 AM
  11. Rukbat's Avatar
    You could also see if your carrier has a number blocking service. that would block the number at the frame, and you'd never know that they called.
    01-22-2020 02:29 PM
  12. Rukbat's Avatar
    Also, you can use RoboKiller.
    Only one problem with blocking a robodialed call - the callerID is random, so it could be your neighbor, your parent, your child or, even, with an improperly programmed robodialer, yourself. And having innocent people, whose number was used, called back with annoying calls? That's harassment. The only way to block a robodialed call is by the carrier the call is coming from. (The company buying the SIP or PBX lines submits a list of numbers it's going to be using, they have to be from the list of lines they own, and the outgoing calls using other callerIDs are blocked at their end. [That's why robocalls haven't been blocked yet - SIP line most purchasers wouldn't buy the lines if they couldn't use robodialers, so the companies that would be doing the blocking would be losing revenue.)
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    01-22-2020 02:38 PM
  13. VidJunky's Avatar
    While I love the IDEA of GVoice, it does comes with its own set of caveats just as long as the list of features. For instance, even though long distance rates are competitive, most carriers are now just as low,

    So if you do consider GVoice to make it your main number, you have to make sure the limitations are not going to ruin your experience.
    I did say possibly a discount.

    They have started adding using your own number, I got in before that option, but I don't mind having the second number. It's come in handy several times for me including being able to use the number for flyers, contact on some yard signs and entering contests.


    As rukbat mentioned, my calls come in different flavors. I would imagine it's the same people but I get a dozen local calls from similar numbers almost daily. For me the numbers are never the same one twice so by the time it was all said and done I will have blocked everyone from my area code except those in my contacts, and I might block some of them and say it was an accident.
    01-22-2020 04:19 PM

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