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One thing I've found increasingly annoying is telemarketing calls to my mobile phone. When I glance down and see that 800 number calling I usually press the "Ignore" softkey and go about my business. I figure if it's really something important they'll know alternate ways to contact me...but I got to thinking that I didn't want to have to spend the time to look at the number and press ignore...and since it's my phone and it's got Windows Mobile 6 on it, I can do something about it.

So I put together a quick little hack using the State and Notifications broker to detect the incoming call, determine if it's an 800 number and if it is, I programmatically route my call to a mysterious void whereby I never have to know about it. So it worked pretty neat on the emulator and I've been testing it on my actual phone the past couple days...it's nice! I don't even know that the call was there except for every now and again I see a notification of a missed call..but the interception is quick enough that I don't notice it happening at the time.

So I know some folks are wondering - "Where's the source?"...calm down, I'm writing up the blog example and going to post the source code to my VB Mobile blog soon enough...especially now that I can do so without being interrupted by calls I don't want :)

Posted on Friday, February 1, 2008 3:25 PM .NET Compact Framework , Blowing off steam , Windows Mobile | Back to top


Comments on this post: Taking back control of my mobile phone - a home brewed automatic call blocker.

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That's awesome! The only thing I would do different is instead of sending the call to the "void", I'd send it to some sort of answering maching/voicemail service where you simply record "Hello?". We did that back in college and you would get telemarketers wasting like 5 minutes going over their speal before they realized nobody was there!
Left by Jerod Crump on Feb 01, 2008 4:03 PM

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that's cool!
Left by Tim Hibbard on Feb 01, 2008 7:12 PM

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Well they do end up going to voice mail now - with a hitch, I purposefully have not set up voice mail...hence they get to visit the void :)
Left by Lou on Feb 01, 2008 10:55 PM

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