We are increasingly plagued by unwanted calls, telephone spam.
It is collectors, telephone and cable operators, banks, insurers, alleged charities, or simply blatant scams that disrupt our activities and exhaust our patience.
Sometimes they just call to hang up as soon as you answer.
At other times, they are insistent: you pick up, decline an offer, and call you back five minutes later, as if nothing had happened.
And it's no use asking to stop, they don't stop.
Luckily, we have the technology by our side: there are several apps that allow you to filter calls (call screening), automatically blocking spam numbers based on a database continuously fed by the users themselves.
Still, some calls may pass because Call Centers use multiple origin numbers, whether through local, other state or even international calls.
And the numbers change constantly.
But if you pay attention, you may begin to realize commonalities.
For example, that all calls come from the same DDD code.
So how about blocking this whole DDD instead of number by number? Here's how to do it in the top three call blockers and get your peace of mind back.
But first, a warning
Blocking an entire DDD a cannon shot.
No one using this DDD can call you, even if it's a legitimate call.
So think carefully before you enable this feature so as not to be out of touch with a relative, colleague or customer.
TrueCaller, from Scandinavian True Software Scandinavia AB, perhaps the most popular call blocker in the Android world: is installed on over 100 million devices, according to Google Play.
In addition to automatically blocking numbers known to fill the bag, TrueCaller can also block calls from a specific DDD.
The problem is that this feature is a bit hidden.
So much so that, until writing this article, I did not realize that it existed.
And I'm a long time user.
At the top of the next screen, choose Numbers starting with.
In Number type the DDD you want to block, in parentheses.
For example, I get many mysterious calls from DDD 81 (Pernambuco), so to block them digit (81).
Click Lock and you're done! Some calls may come with international syntax, with +55 followed by the code.
So I need to repeat the operation and also block +5581.
The hassle of TrueCaller is the free version supported by ads (which appear in the middle of your call list), and the app insistently offers an upgrade to the PRO version, which costs $ 5.90 per month and has more features and no features.
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Gogolook's Whoscall is a popular alternative to TrueCaller, with some advantages: among them the lack of interface advertisements and a cheaper subscription plan, at $ 4 a month.
In addition, it has a much simpler call blocking system.
On the main screen click the Lock button in the bottom right corner of the screen.
Tap Block calls from other DDDs and choose the codes you want to block from the list.