I’ve been getting a lot of spam phone calls lately, mainly from a fake Revenue Canada number. Annoyed, I contacted my wireless provider to see if there’s anything that can be done about it. No luck, which is pretty amazing. It’s a little unbelievable that phone providers still aren’t able (or willing) to offer customers a solution to this problem at their level.
Fortunately, there are fixes on the device level, which the service rep helpfully pointed out to me. One of the features of iOS 7, which Apple is rolling out today (Wednesday), is call blocking.
It’s pretty simple to do – you simply add the offending number as a contact, then block all calls and/or text messages from that contact.
As per the video:
There were apps that could do this on an iPhone previously, but you had to jailbreak the device because Apple hasn’t allowed developers to touch the device’s core phone function. Now, thankfully, it’s all above board. It’s certainly the new iOS 7 feature that I’m looking forward to the most.
Of course, all of this likely means war on telemarketers and scammers. It’s hard to imagine they’ll go quietly in the night, meaning they’re much more likely to raise the ante somehow. What will the next evolution of phone scams be? I’m almost afraid to find out.
UPDATE (Sept. 19): Having installed iOS 7 and tested out the call blocking function, I’m pleased to report it works like a charm. I called myself from a different number, then added that number to my contact list and blocked it. Afterward, all calls from the other number went straight to voice mail and didn’t show up at all on my phone. I left a voice mail just to see what would happen, and it was stored in a “blocked” folder. So far, so good…