By July 22, 2008

Spb Phone Suite: The beauty of whitelisting phone calls

I hate talking on the phone and try to avoid it if at all possible. I especially dislike getting phone calls from numbers I don’t recognize, because I don’t know if I should pick up or not. About two and a half years ago I wrote about “whitelisting” phone calls as a way to avoid unsolicited marketing calls. I didn’t know this technology had made it into the mainstream until I bought the HTC Touch Windows Mobile phone. I purchased Spb Phone Suite call management software from Spb Software House as an add-on to Windows Mobile, and along came whitelisting. The “ah-ha” moment for me came when I realized that I could use phone profiles and whitelisting to only allow certain callers to ring my phone.

Here’s how it works.

  1. Set up a calling profile in Spb Phone Suite.
    I have multiple calling profiles set up through Spb Phone Suite. One profile is for work. I don’t want to receive calls while I am there, unless it is an emergency. All sounds for text messaging is turned off, but phone calls are left at full volume.

    With the “work” profile active, I used Spb’s call filtering functionality to reject all calls sent to my phone except those on my whitelist.

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  2. Go to Settings on your Windows Mobile device.
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  3. Go to the Spb Phone Suite settings.
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  4. Go to the Call Filtering options.
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  5. Add contacts to your whitelist.
    Adding numbers to the whitelist for the work profile was easy. I tapped the “Add” button and selected my contacts from my address book. I have my alarm company, Starbuck, and Stilts on the list.

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Whitelisting works like a champ. Calls from other people flash briefly on the display and then go directly to voice mail. Spb also allows me to send these callers a text message, but I have yet to set that up. The cool thing about whitelisting + profiles is that you can allow or deny the same number depending on your preference.

Spb Phone Suite is $20, and the whitelisting functionality is worth that price alone.

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4 Comments on "Spb Phone Suite: The beauty of whitelisting phone calls"

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  1. Ed says:

    So that is why you never answer! I am totally adding myself next time I have your phone.

  2. Stig says:

    I have tried to download and install a trial of this software on my HTC Touch Diamond – but it will not run. Do you have any suggestions to solve this problem.

  3. drfaulken says:

    Hey Stig, are you sure that you have the appropriate version for your phone? I think there is one for Smartphones, and one for PDAs, like your Diamond.

  4. Walter Steel says:

    Yes there are so many strange callers! Especially I have my number for almost a decade so many unwanted callers are calling me. Thanks for sharing this, I’ll try this on my phone

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