Friday, July 12, 2013

How to block calls on your mobile phone (Safaricom, Orange, YU & Airtel)

There are numerous reasons you would want to know how to block calls on your Safaricom, Orange, YU or Airtel mobile phone. You may be trying to avoid a creditor or are simply giving someone the cold shoulder. Whatever the case, there are a number of ways to do this.


Blocking someone using the Network Service

You can use the network service to block all calls. Just go to call settings on your phone and look for 'Call Barring'. If you are using a Nokia phone, the default barring password is usually eight zeros (00000000) or in some cases four zeros. You can find your barring password in the instructions booklet that came with the purchase of your phone. The disadvantage with this method is that you block all calls and you have no way of telling if someone tried to call you.
Alternatively, you could use the call divert/call forwarding feature to voicemail. Go to 'Call settings' on your phone and look for either 'call forwarding' or 'call divert'. Select 'always divert' and divert your calls to your voice mail. On Safaricom, this number is 0722122 while on Orange it is 0770000423. The advantage with call divert is that you can tell who has tried calling you by checking your voice mail.

Blocking using a Smartphone App

This is the best method but it only works with smartphones. Download a free call filter application from the Android Play Store, Apple App Store or OVI store if using Nokia. Install the app and follow the instructions to set-up. There are hundreds of free apps that allow you to filter out calls. You only receive the phone calls you want. When you place someone on your blacklist, they get a busy tone each time they call.

Tips & Warnings

  • Beware that someone can always use a different line to call you if you have the on your blacklist. However, some call filter apps allow you to block numbers that are not on your contact list/phonebook

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Apple App Store

Nokia OVI Store

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