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How to avoid answering certain calls on the iPhone iOS devices
I live in Arizona and I occasionally get robocalls from one of the radio stations nearby that hosts a show by Alice Cooper. In the robocalls, Alice Cooper reads the message. To safely ignore these calls, I took the calling number and added it to my contacts. Now I know when I can ignore that number (and it does look kind of cool to see that Alice Cooper just called).

For general spammy calls, I've started using the 800Notes site to find out who called me. I also add the calling number to a contact called Scam Artist. Not sure how many numbers a contact will hold, but seems to work quite well as I get the same four or five numbers calling all the time.

Not quite as great as a telemarketing service/scam filter, but at least you know right away that you can ignore the call.

[robg adds: This previous hint explained another way to ignore repeated calls from the same number, by assigning them a silent ringtone.]
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How to avoid answering certain calls on the iPhone
Authored by: nvdingo on Jan 05, '09 10:04:56AM

i have done this with a variety of numbers, just adding them all to the same 'blocked calls' contact in my phone.

But, if you weren't already aware, a lot of robo dialers will remove your number from the list automatically by pressing 2.

when you get a robo call, press 2 and hopefully it automatically says
" Your number has been removed from the list"
some of them just hang up.

the obama campaign robo dialer was polite and gave you the message.
the mccain campaign robo dialer just hung up and called me back 2 days later.



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Even easier
Authored by: jethro1138 on Jan 05, '09 04:56:01PM

Why would you answer a call from a number I don't know? If it's an intentional call they can leave a voicemail and I'll consider calling them back!



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Even easier
Authored by: nvdingo on Jan 05, '09 05:33:48PM

why would i answer? because i am not in the habit of memorizing the phone numbers for repair shops, restaurants calling to confirm delivery info, my insurance agency, legitimate bank calls, customers who have my number because my boss gave it out (ugh)...



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How to avoid answering certain calls on the iPhone
Authored by: frgough on Jan 05, '09 05:34:26PM

If you get a call from a telemarketer, report them to the FCC. It's illegal for telemarketers to call a cell number, and the fines are pretty hefty.

Note. Charities, political organizations, and companies you have done business with the previous six months are exempt.



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How to avoid answering certain calls on the iPhone
Authored by: billpenn on Jan 05, '09 07:14:17PM
This is the complaint form: http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/consumerfacts/1088G-R.pdf note it does not apply to business phones only personal phones.

In general fcc complaints can be registered online and you can find the right form through their handy complaint wizard at: http://esupport.fcc.gov/complaints.htm (this includes the form to complain about junk-faxes--I hate junk faxes--which applies to business numbers as well)

Enjoy your new found ability to get satisfaction by using "The Man."

DISCLAIMER: If you have a legal issue, see a lawyer. All fact situations are different. Do not listen to me I am just some guy who makes mistakes all the time.

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How to avoid answering certain calls on the iPhone
Authored by: stephen007 on Feb 22, '09 05:30:37AM
While I love this idea, I wonder how effective it is in reality. I hear about the FCC penalizing telemarkerts only once in a blue moon. Granted the fine is usually quite high at that point but it seems like they're only going after 1 or 2 of them and the rest are left to ply their "trade".

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