What I would really like, and fairly simple for Apple to do, is a recorded message when somebody who withholds their number rings me : "this telephone does not accept anonymous calls"
Why haven’t you dealt with the huge inconvenience that stems from Apples ignorant approach? That to block people, you have to make a contact for them, thus filling your contact page with randoms you don’t want or know anything about?i get over 1000 spam every 3 days, and half a dozen or more iMessages and FaceTimes from randoms who are ‘finding’ me because they’re too stupid to know they’re calling the wrong person.yet Apple makes me add each one as a contact in order to block it, but I’m still left with them in my bloated contacts list.
Apple really didn't put much effort into this. It works for me, but fills up my contacts with hundreds of numbers. I'm not paying for a service that should be included with my cellular plan. 25 years ago this problem was solved by several software companies. The company I worked for blocked not just numbers, but area codes, prefixes and Unknown Callers. It played a message for the caller that the number was blocked and was able to simply hang up on them, send them to voicemail, or send them to another number.I don't know why this has changed for cellular phones. It would be easy to implement, but AT&T wants you to pay for it every month.
The methods described in this article are useful but it's like using a BB gun against a shotgun. Every single day at least one of my family members gets a robocall from some sort of scammer or an agency granted unrestricted access to the phone network with no fear of blocking or Do Not Call prosecution. The phone companies (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, et al) are 100% complicit in allowing robocallers and scammers to remain in business and relegate the rest of us phone company victims to a never ending game of whack-a-mole. The fact that AT&T Call Protect works as well as it does on newer model phones is clear evidence that the only useful line of defense lies with the phone companies themselves who are profiting from the robocallers, scammers, spammers, and organizations who are allowed to circumvent Do Not Call regulations. If you have an older phone that AT&T Call Protect does not support, e.g., iPhone 4s, the calls are persistent and constantly shifting through ranges of numbers so as to fill up your contact list with hundreds of blocking contacts. At the very least Apple should allow wildcards in blocking contacts and allow blocking of unknown callers, i.e., those who suppress Caller Id. Unfortunately Apple itself uses Caller Id blocking as part of its customer support callback system to prevent customers from obtaining the phone numbers of its support personnel. Ok, but something like "Apple Support" instead of "Unknown Caller" would be far more reasonable. I answer zero percent of "Unknown Caller" calls, which creates some issues when dealing with Apple but the current phone system is in such a dysfunctional state and is bordering on being useless when it is used in raw/unfiltered mode. I'll have to check out the Jolly Roger thing. I have no expectation that the phone companies are going to slaughter this cash cow any sooner than the US Postal System is going to allow blocking of junk mail. These myopic organizations have decided that their profits are far more important than our constant annoyances.