A few years back I used to always get pissed about SMS messages. I would get a ton of wrong SMS messages to the person who used to have my number and I had no way of blocking them. Carriers have finally relented and let you block SMS totally in most cases for free but not on a per number basis.
Since I got a VOIP phone a bit back I have been loving the ability to be able to block certain numbers or just block private numbers. I cannot understand why this is not already available for cellphones already. There are numerous BlackBerry applications that will let you blacklist callers but there is no reason the call should even reach your device.
Verizon just started rolling out a new service to their dumb phones and soon the BlackBerry called Do Not Disturb. For a annoying $3.49 monthly subscription it will let you place rules on calls that get to your phone. BlackBerry support is coming soon but I really wish carriers would find it in their heart to give us control of our number for free. The application lets you manually filter your calls based on private or restricted numbers and sending them directly to voicemail. You can also ignore or block all calls during certain times and respond with a text message about why you are not answering the call. I am curious to see if this app is actually doing all of this on the device or it is a service that is just configured from the device.
All I can say is that I would pay a $3.49 one time fee but not a subscription…