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In this day and age carrying a cell phone can become somewhat of a burden. You can receive countless phone calls from people you don't want to talk to, unsolicited text messages and those oh so fun sales pitches that everyone just loves. Unfortunately there is no real easy way to identify these numbers and block them, aside from the use of a service like Google Voice. MetroPCS understands how annoying this can become and has partnered up with PrivacyStar, a well respected company supporting over one million smartphones, and they have come up with Metro Block-It.

The purpose behind this application is for users to be able to quickly and easily identify these unwanted and unsolicited calls or messages that they are receiving and putting an end to them right from their device. No more do you have to call customer service with the number and hope that they are able to put a block on it, instead you can do so right from the Block-It application. In addition users can also report Do Not Call Registry and Fair Debt Collection Practices Act violations with a few simple clicks, and reports are automatically filed on their behalf. The complaint data that PrivacyStar collects is automatically forwarded to the Consumer Sentine which houses over 1,800 law enforcement agencies, allowing them to properly act on these infringements.

“We understand our customers’ needs and, with mobile devices being the primary phone and Internet device for many of our customers, recognize the need to provide them with a service that allows for uninterrupted use and control over their primary lifeline to the world,” said Tom Keys, president and chief operating officer of MetroPCS.

Block-It is now available for MetroPCS customers using an Android powered device, and the first 30 days are free. After the first 30 days users can continue with the service for only $1 a month, and the application can be downloaded through the Metro App Store on your device. Full press release after the break.

Source: MetroPCS

PrivacyStar Announces Metro Block-itSM Call and Text Message Blocking Service for MetroPCS Customers

First National Carrier Rollout Provides Privacy, Protection and Preference
Features for Customers

CONWAY, Ark. – Feb. 14, 2012 – Today PrivacyStar announces Metro Block-it, a call and text message blocking service for MetroPCS Communications, Inc. customers. The service also allows customers to directly file complaints against telemarketers and debt collectors with the Federal Trade Commission and is now available on MetroPCS’ Android smartphones, with support for BlackBerry smartphones and feature phone service coming soon. MetroPCS is the first national mobile service provider to offer the PrivacyStar service directly to its customers.

“We recognize that MetroPCS is innovative in delivering superior services and features to its customers,” said Jeff Stalnaker, CEO of PrivacyStar. “With Metro Block-it we will power a request that was driven by millions of MetroPCS customers to provide them with the best privacy service available.”

Metro Block-it offers a versatile call blocking functionality that gives users the ability to block unwanted calls and text messages from individual numbers, and all private and unknown numbers. All blocked numbers can be managed directly from the user’s phone, enabling them to easily monitor all activity on their account as well as block and unblock callers and see when and how many times a blocked number has tried to be in contact.

In addition to blocking unwanted calls and texts, Metro Block-it users can report potential Do Not Call Registry and Fair Debt Collection Practices Act violations directly from their phones, making it easy to file complaints. Complaint data is automatically captured by PrivacyStar and fed directly into Consumer Sentinel, the secure database available to more than 1,800 law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad for consumer protection purposes.

“We understand our customers’ needs and, with mobile devices being the primary phone and Internet device for many of our customers, recognize the need to provide them with a service that allows for uninterrupted use and control over their primary lifeline to the world,” said Tom Keys, president and chief operating officer of MetroPCS. “We’re excited about working with PrivacyStar to meet the needs of our users and continue providing voice, text and data services, along with great features like Metro Block-it, at an incredible value.”

This solution is enabled via PrivacyStar’s strategic relationship with Syniverse as part of the Syniverse Wireless Caller ID and Privacy Management Applications portfolio.

Metro Block-it is available to download on the phone via the @metro App store. Customers will have access to a 30-day free unlimited trial of the application and then the service can easily be continued for $1.00 per month.  For more information, customers can visit http://www.metropcs.com/metro/browse/feature/cat610035/cat610036/BLK.


About MetroPCS Communications, Inc.
Dallas-based MetroPCS Communications, Inc. (NYSE: PCS) is a provider of no annual contract, unlimited wireless communications service for a flat-rate. MetroPCS is the fifth largest facilities-based wireless carrier in the United States based on number of subscribers served. With Metro USA(SM), MetroPCS customers can use their service in areas throughout the United States covering a population of over 280 million people. As of December 31, 2011, MetroPCS had over 9.3 million subscribers. For more information please visit www.metropcs.com.

About PrivacyStar
PrivacyStar, a smartphone application, provides consumers with the top of the line in phone privacy, protection and preference. Based in Conway, Arkansas, PrivacyStar has years of regulatory experience working with both Federal and State bodies to define and understand all aspects of consumer protection laws and regulations, and has patented numerous privacy and preference solutions.

 

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MetroPCS launches Metro Block-It -- block unwanted calls with ease

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I thought this was a phone specific feature. For instance, on my EVO 3D if I long press a name in People the phone will present an option to "Block caller" whereas on my Epic 4G I don't have that feature. Sadly, whoever used to have the phone number that is now assigned to my Epic must be a skipper because I get about three robocalls a week from collection agencies and I can't block them!

On most phones you can route them directly to voice mail, as long as you have them in your contacts.

This is what I do on my Nexus One.

But the problem with that is you have to litter your contacts with numbers you never want to talk to. (I just lump all of them under one contact named Do Not Answer, and route that to voice mail.

Its not clear if this service will keep your contacts clean by offloading that list so some other place.

Having it go to voicemail is even MORE irritating. Because then they will leave a damn message, and you get notifications for THAT and have to launch it and then delete it.

It would be REALLY NICE if someone would invent an app that will have an option that, if the user chooses, will answer the phone and play a recorded message "This number will not accept calls from you, ever. Please remove this number from your lists" or something a bit nicer, then HANG UP. All in the background. Give the user this option every time the phone rings from a phone number not in contacts (along with the traditional "ignore" option). Then have a feature to optionally add that number to an on-phone database that will automatically answer/hangup on the number in the future, without ever even ringing.

THAT would be beyond cool.

Well, I use google voice, so perhaps I'm spoiled.

GV has an option to send spam calls direct to the spam folder and you don't get alerts for those.

There is also a Block Caller feature.

So if you don't answer it on your phone and it goes to voice mail one of those two options can be triggered.

Net result is you never see or hear about those calls.

Bad part is, it only happens if use your Google voice as your voice mail, - OR - you only give out your Google Voice number, and never your phone number.

I do not remember the name of the andrid apps that allow you to answer the call with 10 different messages tones or comments such as "the number you have dialed is no longer in sergice" but there are at least 2 apps that do that in the android market. I do know ones nme starts with "Oops!". Try searching for the app.

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I looked in the market really fast using keyword "disconnected" and found two apps.........

Call Cheater and Disconnected Oops are two apps that allow you to choose what the caller hears when they call. You can download trial versions to see if you like it. It gives you 10 free tries before you have to buy.

Unfortunately, neither of the apps can take over the microphone. Neither are really automatic. One app can't even hang up the phone. And apparently they don't work on lots of phones. :(

But thanks for the info

Unfortunately "block caller" on Sense doesn't mean block caller- it means "do not ring, so it will silently go to voicemail". So you still have to deal with voicemail notifications and then deleting voicemails.

But again, use google voice for your voice mail and block them there.

But I see your point, and it would seem that if the Google Voice app is on my phone it should do client side blocking, without the need to pass that call thru Google Voice, (giving out only your google voice number) or after its kicked to voice mail.

A dollar a month isn't too bad, 1/3 the price that Privacy Star wants for the same functionality if you purchase from them directly.

I've had very few such calls, and I typically add them as a new number to my phone book entry named Do Not Answer, which gets routed directly to voice mail. Won't block texts this way.

Election Fund Raising season is upon us, so this might be worth the 12 bucks a year.

As I said above- routing to voicemail can be even more annoying, if they leave a message...

And either way, they are likely to call back yet again. And again.

98% of people you don't want to talk to don't leave messages in my experience.

Telemarketers have zero incentive to leave voice mail, even if you do call back some other operator gets the commission.

Ah, but that is just for PERSONAL phones. At work, I get TONS of sales people that leave messages. And those that do not, will keep calling back over and over and over again...

Galaxy S2 lets me long press the contact in the log and block them. I never hear back from the number again, they're not in my contact list, nor do I ever see any voicemail from them. Why pay for this when it's integrated into some phone's ROMs.

I suspect they are still given the option to leave voice mail and are just choosing not to do so.

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Galaxy S2 lets me long press the contact in the log and block them. I never hear back from the number again, they're not in my contact list,

Excuse me, but didn't you just contradict yourself in the space of two sentences?

Explain how you long press a contact that isn't in your contact list?

Go to sprint.com website and log into your acount. Select the tab for "My Preferences". Scroll down until you see a section for "Limits and Permissions". Block voice will set restrictions for phone calls. You can enter up to 50 numbers to be blocked. These are blocked by Sprint, so no voicemail will be received, no call will go to your phone

Call Cheater and Disconnected Oops are two apps that allow you to choose what the caller hears when they call. You can download trial versions to see if you like it. It gives you 10 free tries before you have to buy.

Unfortunately, neither of the apps can take over the microphone. Neither are really automatic. One app can't even hang up the phone. And apparently they don't work on lots of phones. :(

But thanks for the info

Youmail. com is great for these features, including keeping callers from being able to leave voicemails. I've used it for years and it's free.

MetroPCS has terribly high incidence of spam, and no real way (from the calls I've made) to do anything about them. Did it ever occur to anyone that since they have solution that EARNS REVENUE, perhaps they aren't all that crazy to stop the criminal phone calls? In fact, maybe the criminals have gone to work for MetroPCS to get the numbers! I'm sick of fake numbers calling or texting me 24hrs/day, more than calls from people I know! I've only had the phone for 4 months and ready to go to AT&T or TMobile!!

Had several calls from this "Bainbridge, GA" number, 229-208-2008 that is FORGED. These are criminals, and as far as I'm concerned, hanging them from the nearest tree while they kick, choke, and mess themselves until good and DEAD is TOO GOOD a fate for them!! Let's pass a new law making this an automatic death sentence if convicted. They are as low as baby-killers and rapists, as far as I'm concerned.

I got the app from Metro and loved it. It blocked around a hundred "unknown" and telemarketer's in less than a month. Then I changed phone's and after a serious upgrade (LG Esteem) I lost my app. A guy at Metro got my app put back on but now I can't find a way to block "unknown". This clown is just harrassing me. No one is ever there but they call at least 10 time's a day including Sunday starting as early as 8am. Worked perfect when I had a crummy Optimus M.