Nokia brings phone number blocking to Windows Phone


It’s one of those phone features that you may never even think about for years, but should you find yourself in a position where you need it, an inability to do something that should be so incredibly simple on a smartphone can be maddening: the ability to selectively block callers. Maybe some telemarketer won’t take you off its list, or an ex just can’t get the message to stay away – whatever the reason, the ability to choose who you don’t want contacting you can be a big deal. So far, there hasn’t been any way to do this baked in to Windows Phone, but with the arrival of a new update for Nokia Lumia models, the feature is finally arriving.

This comes as part of an update to Nokia’s Extras + Info app, giving users the ability to set a list of blocked numbers. It might be nice if there was a way to select blocks for only voice calls or only texts, but the way things work now, any number you block will be cut off from your phone across the board.

While Nokia is first to implement something like this on the platform, the hooks it needed to do so are part of the WP8 GDR2 update, so other manufacturers are free to follow along with their own blocks.

Source: WPCentral
Via: The Verge

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