(WXYZ) - The Do Not Call List recently turned 10 years old, but you'd never know it. All sorts of marketers ignore the list, calling our phones and now our cell phones. But there are new ways to block those calls if you have a smart phone.
According to a report from
Time Magazine, cell phone spam is a big problem. More than 4 billion of these calls went out to cell phones last year. But according to the report, there's an app for that.
One is "Privacy Star" for Android, that lets you easily block specific numbers, and has a reverse lookup feature to track down cell spammers.
Time says two other good apps are "Mr Number" and "Calls Blacklist," both free for Androids. They can send unknown callers straight to your voicemail.
Time says you cannot block specific numbers on Apple devices. But good news: you can download a silent ringtone app from iTunes, so your phone won't ring if the caller is unknown. A true blocking feature is coming this fall, with IOS7.
FYI… your number never expires on the Do Not Call Registry, so there is no need to renew it. But if you've never registered your cell phone number, you can do that by going to
donotcall.gov. Just don't expect all the calls to stop!