The FCC finally ruled in your favor in a 3 to 2 vote allowing phone companies to block unwanted robocalls and spam texts.  Maybe it was the vocal majority who lodged some 215,000 complaints in 2014. The only problem is that the governing body may have made a bold move in the right direction, but they did not force the phone companies to block these annoying calls.

Whether the phone companies decide to help us all out by slamming the door on robocalls and text spam that we never asked to receive, there are some easy to follow steps and apps to help you get a handle on shutting them out.

WHEN YOU GET A ROBOCALL:

1) Hangup
2) Interacting may only verify that the robocaller has found a sucker and will continue to call
3) Report the offending number listed on the caller id to the donotcall.gov site

 

BLOCK ROBOTCALLS WITH APPS:
If you use the following, see the associated app to help curb the annoying attacks of text spam and robocalls.

– ANDROID
Call Blocker-Blacklist App for Android phones lets you filter out unwanted callers. It works when you add an offending caller to a blacklist. (Get it here)

3 Smart Ways to Block Robocalls

– IPHONE

  • My fave is TrueCaller App for iOS (free)(Get it here)
  • Close second pick is EveryCall Reverse Phone Lookup App ($1) (Get it here)

3 Smart Ways to Block Robocalls
3 Smart Ways to Block Robocalls
– VOIP
Nomorobo (Web) App – If you get your home phone through any variety of internet phone services unlike the hard wire from the phone company, you are in luck with an app that can prevent robocalls from getting through. (Get it here)
3 Smart Ways to Block Robocalls

 

IPHONE TRICK:
Change your Phone Settings to block calls:

STEP 1:
On an IPhone, tap the Info icon next to the contact or phone number you want to block

STEP 2:
Scroll to bottom of info screen and tap “Block this Caller”

STEP 3:
Tap “Block Contact”