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#109122 by lbmofo
Mon Apr 22, 2013 11:36 am
lbmofo wrote:Here is what I have now (all redirected to VM):

  • Wildcard entries to block all Toll Free calls (5 entries).
  • Wildcard entries to block most area codes that I blacklisted before and I don't usually get legit calls from (about 50 entries).
  • Wildcard entries that are more explicit for neighboring/local area code numbers that I blacklisted before (at least area code + exchange and then plus 1st digit of subscriber number in cases).
  • Wildcard entries to block most invalid numbers (0* and 1*).
  • Outside of what the above covers, explicit blacklisted numbers.

Now, I am down to 111 personal blacklist entries from 247.

For those who want to block every number out there, all you need is 10 entries (0* through 9*)
But you probably don't want to block all numbers in area codes near you.

My phone has been very quiet, thanks to wildcard blacklist. For my area, the following blacklist entries are doing the trick:

Number Caller Name

0* Invalid Area Code Number
1* Invalid Area Code Number
202* Washington DC Area
203* New Canaan CT Area
215* Philadelphia PA Area
216* Cleveland OH Area
231* Fremont MI Area
303* Northglenn CO Area
305* Key West FL Area
315* Utica NY Area
319* Marion IA Area
321* Winter Park FL Area
323* LA CA Area
339* Canton MA Area
347* Staten Island NY Area
352* Lady Lake FL Area
402* Omaha NE Area
407* Orlando FL Area
408* San Jose CA Area
410* Salisbury MD Area
412* Pittsburgh PA Area
415* SF CA Area
417* Springfield MS Area
424* LA CA Area
469* Dallas TX Area
503* Portland OR Area
509* Spokane WA Area
512* Austin TX Area
513* Cincinnati OH Area
516* Great Neck NY Area
540* Blacksburg VA Area
571* Alexandria VA Area
602* Phoenix AZ Area
609* Princeton NJ Area
612* Anoka MN Area
616* Zeeland MI Area
617* Chelsea MA Area
618* Collinsville IL Area
623* Phoenix AZ Area
626* Sierra Madre CA Area
631* Farmingdale NY Area
646* New York NY Area
661* Castaic CA Area
701* Bismarck ND Area
702* Las Vegas NV Area
703* Fairfax VA Area
704* Charlotte NC Area
716* Buffalo NY Area
720* Aurora CO Area
786* Miami FL Area
800* Toll Free
801* Ogden UT Area
804* Richmond VA Area
813* Tampa FL Area
832* Houston TX Area
855* Toll Free
857* Boston MA Area
860* Bristol CT Area
864* Greenville SC Area
866* Toll Free
877* Toll Free
888* Toll Free
913* Mission KS Area
914* Mount Vernon NY Area
949* Newport Beach CA Area
954* Ft Lauderdale FL Area
971* Salem OR Area
973* Newark NJ Area
#109126 by holmes4
Mon Apr 22, 2013 12:11 pm
You need to add:

89* Unassigned area code 89x
99* Unassigned area code 99x

Of course, your extensive list of valid area codes would block calls many people would want, so I would caution others to not accept this blindly.
#109127 by lbmofo
Mon Apr 22, 2013 1:06 pm
holmes4 wrote:You need to add:

89* Unassigned area code 89x
99* Unassigned area code 99x

Of course, your extensive list of valid area codes would block calls many people would want, so I would caution others to not accept this blindly.

According to this http://www.computerhope.com/areacode.htm , most of 89* are unassigned but 898.
All of 99* are unassigend. Maybe if I start getting calls from these unassigned area codes, I'll add more unassigned area codes in my blacklist but for now, these seem to be good ones to add:

29*
37*
39*
49*
59*
69*
79*
89*
99*

Yes, you don't want to block all numbers of area codes near you. For me, I have more explicit wildcard entries for area codes 206, 425, 253, and 360.
#109130 by Lord Vader
Mon Apr 22, 2013 1:58 pm
lbmofo wrote:Unless you have a private account (assigned a number of yours to a Linx device, HD2 handset, Scout if you have a Hub etc) and login to those accounts separately, the blacklist you create applies to all numbers in your main account.


There seems to be a problem I have encountered. I wanted to test your theory, so I decided to run a test with the help of my immediate family and a few friends, all calling from landlines and cell numbers.

I added these individuals--I used a test sample of 10 people/numbers and added these numbers to my blacklist of my primary number. When each of them called, they got the "number disconnected" message, which was what I wanted. However, when each of them called my secondary number, which used to be my primary number, or when each of them called my tertiary number for which I pay $4.99/month additional, all of their calls went through! Not one got the "number disconnected" message!

I do NOT have a private account or anything that would cause this. This renders the blacklist effectively useless to me!
#109133 by lbmofo
Mon Apr 22, 2013 2:41 pm
The blacklist is at the account level and should work for all your numbers in the account. I just tested this and works for me. I'd call customer service to find out what's going on with your blacklist.
#109134 by Lord Vader
Mon Apr 22, 2013 2:49 pm
They're going to see what's wrong. I explained to them that I had 10 different people test it, as I did, too. I called from my cell phone, and sure enough, my primary # gave me the number disconnected message, while the secondary number, my old primary number before I moved, rang through.
#109395 by lbmofo
Tue Apr 30, 2013 3:42 pm
Last week some number called but didn't leave a message. (206) 241-5066 CONSUMER OPINIO

Bing, Google didn't yield much info. Calling back gave endless ring.

Since the number is in my area code, I didn't want to leverage wildcard blacklisting. I just blacklisted the number to go to VM.

Last evening, got another call (206) 241-5087 CONSUMER OPINIO that didn't leave a message. Calling gives a busy.

This is where the beauty of wildcard blacklisting comes in. I deleted the previous (206) 241-5066 explicit blacklist entry and added a wildcard entry 2062415* (could have gone with 20624150* but I got blacklisted calls going to VM so not worried as much about being too restrictive).
#112328 by brebro
Tue Aug 06, 2013 6:40 am
I was almost to my limit on my blacklist, but instituted some wildcards (like all calls from area codes beginning with 3xx) and was able to take a lot of individual numbers off.

However, today I got a spam call from a 3xx number and wondered why it got through. I was also going through my logs to add some other numbers to the list (about six total). When I went to my Blacklists to see why the 3xx got through, all I could see were the SIX numbers I had just put on the list and NOTHING else! My old blacklist of nearly 256 numbers, compiled over several years, had been completely deleted!

Has this happened to anyone else? Why would my blacklist be gone and is there any way to get it back, or do I have to start again from scratch now?
#112329 by Lord Vader
Tue Aug 06, 2013 6:47 am
This prompted me to copy and paste my blacklist to a Word doc and save it somewhere on my PC. Now, if this happens to me, I will have the list to manually reenter.

As far as your situation goes, while this never has happened to me--yet--I recall reading about it somewhere, and that person had to recreate the list from scratch.
#112330 by brebro
Tue Aug 06, 2013 6:54 am
I think I copied some of mine to a text file a few years ago, I will have to look it up on my computer.

I wonder if this is related to me activating the mobile app on my iPad recently.

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