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Silence certain iPhone spam callers forever iOS devices
Like most people, the iPhoneWriter.com team hates spam in all it's forms and permeations. Electronic mail, snail mail, Boy Scouts selling popcorn, and unsolicited telephone calls all qualify as "spam" in our book and they're all obnoxious. We find unsolicited telephone calls to be particularly irritating. How many times have you been in a meeting or driving or whatever, and had your Apple iPhone ring only to find a "phone spammer" on the other end? Ugh.

Well, after one too many calls wondering if we were interested in having our carpets steam cleaned, enough was finally enough and we decided to stop the madness once and for all. The end result is a simple (and dare we say elegant) way to silence telephone spammers forever. Ah, the sweet sound of silence. Here's how you can silence the telephone spammers on your Apple iPhone:
  1. Download our Silent Running ringtone (4KB download) and import it into iTunes. Once imported (it's a tiny file so it should import almost instantly), the file should show up on the Ringtones tab. This ringtone was created from scratch by the iPhoneWriter.com team, and is made available free of charge to anyone following this tutorial.
  2. Connect your Apple iPhone to your computer and synch your Ringtones, putting the Silent Running ringtone onto the Apple iPhone in the process.
  3. Once the Silent Running ringtone has been synced to your Apple iPhone, create a new Contact on your Apple iPhone. Name the new Contact whatever you like; we recommend something that you will easily (visually) recognize as unimportant should you happen to see the phone ringing or be reviewing your Recent Calls list. We chose "Phone Spammer" as the contact name, for obvious reasons.
  4. Assign Silent Running as the ringtone for the newly created Contact.
The next time an unknown or undesired phone number calls your Apple iPhone, simply add the number to the new Contact you created above. Also, review your Recent Calls list for unknown or undesired phone numbers (telephone numbers you know to belong to "phone spammers") and add those to the same Contact. The next time you synch the Apple iPhone and iTunes, the "phone spammer" contact will be synched with your Address Book, along with all of the assigned telephone numbers. When those numbers call your phone again, you won't hear anything at all.

[robg adds: This tip will only help those who call from the same number over and over. Unfortunately, my experience has been that the source numbers differ almost every time, probably because the spammers are faking the caller ID info. Adding these numbers to the contact won't help, because it's very unlikely they'll ever call you again. Still, if you have a few particular numbers that are calling you repeatedly, this is one way to silence them.]
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Silence certain iPhone spam callers forever
Authored by: Alrescha on May 27, '08 07:41:56AM

If you're willing to be a bit draconian, make the silent ringtone the default and set custom ringtones for the folks you actually want to hear from.

I generally don't bother to answer calls from numbers I don't recognize, so this works for me.

A.



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Silence certain iPhone spam callers forever
Authored by: infodriveway on May 27, '08 10:08:51PM

I do this on my iPhone. I actually let all my friends set their own ringtones when I add them to the contacts.

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Silence certain iPhone spam callers forever
Authored by: The Webguy on Jan 05, '09 03:55:02PM
UPDATED LINK: http://durtynelly.com/downloads/Silent%20Running.m4r

The Webguy has recently fallen victim to a circumstance involving an overly aggressive spam filter and a domain name blackmailer. As a result, The Webguy lost his domain name of nearly 14 years. Content from the former The-Webguy.com website is still being moved around, to get the new DurtyNelly.com website going, but it's never too soon to get the Internet spiders spidering.

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Silence certain iPhone spam callers forever
Authored by: dzurn on Jan 07, '09 07:09:45AM

The webguy hasn't updated his comment signature since it still lists his old website.

(And talks about himself in the third person)

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would this filter anonymous calls?
Authored by: Herve5 on May 27, '08 07:50:26AM

Here in Europe 99.9% of the phone spammers use to hide their own number when calling (while 99.9% of your usual correspondents won't).
Would this trick allow to silence anonymous calls?

(ideally, I'd dream of an automatic redirection of anonymous calls to the voicemail, but this is probably another story...)

Hervé



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Silence certain iPhone spam callers forever
Authored by: PGB on May 27, '08 08:08:55AM
Did you mean: the iPhoneWriter.com team hates spam in all its forms and permutations ?

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Silence certain iPhone spam callers forever
Authored by: The Webguy on May 27, '08 01:15:17PM

Thanks for the grammar reminder... errors corrected on the iPhoneWriter.com website. Side Note: on might argue that 'permeations' actually does apply to SPAM. :)

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Silence certain iPhone spam callers forever
Authored by: jjasper on May 27, '08 08:17:52AM

I just add my phone number to the national do not call list, obviously only works for US phone users. But on the rare occasion after adding my number I do get an unsolicited call (happens maybe 2-3 times a year) I let the caller know I am on the list and if they call back I will report them, they never call back.

Wish they had something like this for spam email :(



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Report them.
Authored by: frgough on May 27, '08 08:42:36AM

In the United States, it is illegal to call a cell number for the purposes of soliciting, polling, etc. The fines are pretty steep.



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Report them.
Authored by: operator207 on May 27, '08 08:53:40AM

Yes, and tell the person calling to remove your cell phone number from their list. If you say Cell phone, they seem to jump on removing the number. I got a few calls, but once I told them it was a cell phone, they apologized, and took me off their list.

Which gives me an idea for my house phone. Tell them its a cell phone too. hrm...



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Silence certain iPhone spam callers forever
Authored by: vocaro on May 27, '08 10:30:37AM
Why not just use https://www.donotcall.gov/ ?

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Silence certain iPhone spam callers forever
Authored by: ikioi on May 28, '08 06:02:01AM

For what it's worth, I signed up my numbers to this list about a month ago and I've received no unsolicited calls since then. I used to get a couple per week.



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Silence certain iPhone spam callers forever
Authored by: pvera on May 27, '08 01:02:29PM

Outstanding hint, I already saw it in action once, barely an hour after I installed the ring tone.

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Silence certain iPhone spam callers forever
Authored by: johnsawyercjs on May 27, '08 10:32:44PM
I get a lot of calls, which I don't answer, from the same spamming numbers to my home phone--they're from pollsters, solicitors, etc. who are "legitimate", so they can't (or are unlikely) to change or mask their number--so setting their numbers to not ring, would cut down vastly on the number of times I have to walk over to the caller ID machine to see who's calling. Except that these calls are to my home phone, not my cell number. Anybody know of any non-cell phones that let you select custom ringtones? I just did a quick Google for devices that will block numbers you select, and found what looks like a good one:

http://www.privacycorps.com/products/?id=20

Until I get something like this, I think I'll start answering these calls, and tell them they've reached my cellphone, and tell them to take me off their list. This might work even for charity spammers and political spamming, who by law are allowed to call you even if you're on the Do Not Call list.

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Silence certain iPhone spam callers forever
Authored by: robleach on May 28, '08 02:19:41PM

I did this on my Samsung SCH-A990 using an mp3 I recorded of silence, but I don't have trouble with spammers. My trouble is repeated wrong numbers. I have 4 entries in my contact list with all the numbers filled in each of all the people who always misdial my number. Works great. Now if I can stop dialing wrong numbers and keep my contacts up to date, I'll fix this problem the other way around!

Rob



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Silence certain iPhone spam callers forever
Authored by: The Webguy on Jan 05, '09 04:01:02PM
UPDATED LINK: http://durtynelly.com/downloads/Silent%20Running.m4r

NOTE: The Webguy has recently fallen victim to a circumstance involving an overly aggressive spam filter and a domain name blackmailer. As a result, The Webguy lost his domain name of nearly 14 years. Content from the former The-Webguy.com website is still being moved around, to get the new DurtyNelly.com website going, but it's never too soon to get the Internet spiders spidering.

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