Block unwanted iPhone callers in iOS 6

Lex Friedman
2 July, 2013
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Come iOS 7, you’ll be able to block unwanted callers. But what if you have jerks, salespeople and Crazy Great-Aunt Rita calling you nonstop now, and iOS 7’s fall release date seems like just too darn long to wait for some semblance of phone peace? There’s a solution.

An anonymous Hints reader suggests creating a new contact. The hint provider made a contact called Don’t Answer; you might instead choose Jerky Bonehead or Loser McShutupington – it’s your choice.

To do so, go into the Contacts app, tap the plus (+) icon at the upper right, and create the new contact without any other details like a phone number.

Then, the next time you get a call from one of those annoying folks you don’t want to speak with ever again, add their numbers to your contact. Find the number – you can see it in the Phone apps’ Recents tab – and tap the button at the right. On the screen that appears, tap Add to Existing Contact, choose your special contact name, and save.

Next time a call comes in from the nogoodnik, you’ll see your chosen name and know not to bother answering.

Commenters on the original hint offered up a clever bonus: create a silent ringtone, and assign it to that contact. If you have GarageBand installed on your iOS device, you can create a silent ringtone in mere minutes.

by Lex Friedman, Macworld

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