Blocking Robocalls on iOS and Android
We were hit with 2.53 million robocalls in June alone, or roughly 976 robocalls for every second of the month. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has cited the statistics YouMail Robocall Index released as a definitive source for national data trends, just as more consumers are downloading call blocking Apps in record numbers.
“Automated robo-dialing systems make the economics very cheap to quickly place thousands or even millions of robocalls, causing robocalls to flood almost every area code and region in the country,” said Alex Quilici, CEO of YouMail. “Americans are starting to fight back against this national epidemic by adopting new robo-blocking solutions and urging their public officials to increase consumer protections.”
Just last week, the FCC voted to fine a New Mexico-based company $2.88 million for making unlawful robocalls. And last month, they fined a Florida resident $120 million for allegedly making almost 100 million illegal robocalls in a three-month period.
The Apps to Use to Block Robocalls
So, what to do? Me, I use the HiYa App. It was one of the first call-blocking Apps for iOS, and the one I still use. Now that call blocking has become more popular; the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association has put together great lists of call blocking Apps, their costs (HiYa is free), and their features.
iOS Robocall Blocking and Instructions
The CTIA has great instructions and an app list here.
Android Robocall Blocking
Step-by-step instructions and a list of apps to block robocalls on Android devices, here at the CTIA.
BlackBerry Robocall Blocking
Step-by-step instructions on how to block robocalls on BlackBerry Devices (Passport & Classic).