iPhone Users Get New Options to Block Unwanted Robocalls
Public Policy Fellow
There’s been a lot of talk about Apple’s new iOS 10 update for iPhones. Here at the End Robocalls campaign, we’re interested in the new possibilities that it opens up for call-blocking. Previous iOS versions were configured in a way that made it difficult for third-party apps to block unwanted robocalls, but that will change with the new update. Call-blocking companies Nomorobo,TrueCaller, and Hiya have already announced plans to expand their offerings for iPhone.
Call-blocking companies have long offered call-blocking apps for Android phones, but until now they have had to devise work-arounds for iPhones. For example, earlier this year, Nomorobo developed a beta for iPhone and Android but Nomorobo scrapped that plan when it became clear that Apple would make it easier to work with third party call-blocking apps. Starting on Tuesday, iPhone users will be able to download Nomorobo from the iTunes store. It will cost $2 per month after a 30-day free trial.
While we haven’t tested any of the apps, you may want to consider using one if you’re frustrated with robocalls to your smartphone. The Wireless Association has collected a list of apps here. You can also block individual numbers to your iPhone and Android if you’d rather not add an app. And Google recently pushed out an update for its Nexus and Android One phones that automatically flags spam calls.
We’re excited to see the progress in blocking unwanted robocalls to smartphones. These new tools show that companies can make a real difference in the fight against robocalls when they put their minds to it. Still, call-blocking options remain limited for many phone users, particularly for traditional landline and basic cell phone users. Consumers deserve comprehensive, effective protection from robocalls – for free, and without a lot of hassle. That’s why we’re calling on the phone companies to offer all of their customers free tools to block unwanted robocalls automatically.