Allows you to block spammers using phone number prefixes. Forget about unwanted calls, SMS and MMS, and spammers spoofing tricks.
No subscriptions, no in-app purchases, pay once and use for any ranges you need!
Now the app supports blocking up to 50,000,000 phone numbers - whole 5 area codes in the USA!
WideProtect was mentioned on:
- Mac Geek Gab Podcast (https://www.macobserver.com/show/mac-geek-gab)
- LifeHacker (https://lifehacker.com)
- Beebom (https://beebom.com/how-to-block-spam-calls-a-complete-guide/)
Don't forget to give permissions:
- to block numbers to all 25 WideProtect extensions through iPhone Settings: Phone: Call Blocking & Identification.
- to filter SMS and MMS to WideProtect extension through iPhone Settings: Messages: Unknown & Spam.
The app requires iPhone 5s and higher, iOS 10 and higher (iOS 11 for SMS and MMS blocking).
Use Help button to see details about how the app works and watch video instruction, and please write email to me (firstname.lastname@example.org) in case of some troubles or questions. Thank you all!
- Do not remove the app from iPhone memory while it's updating blocking list - but you can do it after updating.
- Blocked calls may be forwarded to voicemail, as it works on mobile operator side (contact your mobile operator for details).
- If you use 'Do Not Disturb' mode, blocked calls may appear silently on Home screen and in Recently list - to avoid it disable DND mode.
- Sometimes iOS does not display WideProtect extensions in iPhone Settings immediately - in this case just add needed prefix to the app, then wait for 1-2 minutes, and then go to iPhone Settings.
Added carrier code +888 : Telecommunications for Disaster Relief by OCHA
Bug fixes and performance improvements
Ratings and Reviews
Works great - 20 spam calls a day down to 1-3 a month
Could be more efficient if the app took into account the NPA numbering plan rules. i.e. Prefixes can’t start with a 1 or 0, and the second two digits can’t be 11. If the app considered applying the rules and didn’t filter invalid NPA/NXX numbers you could then filter more valid numbers. Also might be nice to be able to white list/exclude a range, like if you know the number block your local government or hospital uses.
The app can crash and the only way to recover is to delete the app, backup and restore your phone and then reinstall the app. Need a way to “reset” the app so you don’t have to do this if it start to fail when updating.
99% of the spam calls came from local area codes. I was able to block all of those, with an exception for those numbers in my contact list. 10-30 spam calls a day, most with spoofed local numbers, went to 1-3 a month.
Callers can still leave a voice message that I can check/delete after looking at the transcription.
Call Protect/HiYa catches the national non-local spam calls so I haven’t gotten a single spam call in over a month now.
Have to make sure the app is running in the background, no issue with battery life, and let it fully update its block lists which can take some time.
I wish Apple would let a developer make an app where you can white list your contacts and block everything else, until then this is the next best thing.
Developer Response ,
Thank you very much for your review!
Effective app up until the recent update v.4.4.1
The app is simple, yet very good at blocking robo calls. I have been using it for a couple of months. It definitely worked for me for long time up until the recent update v.4.4.1, where the app just fail apart. One of the prefix extension (WideProtect -1) can never be enabled, it just gives you an endless spinning wheel that never goes away. Tried deleting the app and reinstalling it, nothing seems to fix. Prefix extension still shows that spinning wheel. Worst thing about it is, while that prefix extension is still trying to enable itself, the app won’t let you add any numbers to block even if you enabled all the other 24 extensions; instead, it gives you an error message telling you to wait until that one prefix extension is enabled. It’s a shame that nothing seems to get it to work; it was actually good when it works.
Worked with the developer on troubleshooting the issue with my app. Happy to say the app is now in perfect working condition. Thanks Valerii for your support.
Developer Response ,
Thank you very much!
Hi there, thank you for review, could you try these steps:
- save prefixes to iCloud and delete the app
- restart iPhone and wait 15 minutes
- install app back and enable all 25 extensions
- restore prefixes from iCloud
Let me know about results, please (email@example.com). Thanks!
Actually works. Robot protection.
The robocalls were out of control. Two, three times a day the robots would call. Did I want to redeem my reward points? No. Did I want a better auto insurance rate? Go away! Could I give them my social security number to prove I had paid off non-existent IRS debts? Argh!
I had to reclaim my phone. I considered changing phone numbers. That would show them! But these are robots. They are inherently smarter. Capable of placing unlimited calls from any imaginable callback number.
At first I tried blocking them all. But the math was against me. With 10,000 phone numbers with my same prefix, what could I do??
I turned to the web, where I found fellow humans with the same problem. Reading their reviews of this app I was convinced that this was truly a defense against the robocalls. It occurred to me that the app could be a plot deployed by the robots to get me only further ensnared in their trap. But the reviews seemed genuine, laced with nihilistic humor only humans would understand.
But the app seemed too good to be true. $3 for a lifetime protection from robocalls? I figured it was worth the risk.
Now, two weeks into my purchase and I couldn’t be happier. The calls are as if they never happen. I track my calls in the att call protect app, so I can see that the robots are trying. But this app does its job. The calls are screened without my being aware of them at all.
We are safe, in part, from the robots. Thank you developers.
Developer Response ,
Thank you very much! That's the best part of my work - reading happy customers reviews! :)
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.