In the past we’ve gone over a number of call-blocking and filtering applications. These provide some advanced services, like automatically sending a text message to a caller when your status is set to busy. This is nice for courtesies and all, but sometimes you’re just going to want some privacy and you might not want to pay for an app to do that. Your BlackBerry can block unwanted messages right from the Options screen. It’s great for a temporary break from communication. To set up your blocked messages, go to Options, then Security Options, and then Firewall. Set the Firewall to Enabled, and then check off the boxes of the messages you want blocked. These include, as the screenshot shows, SMS, MMS, PIN, BIS, and for BES users, enterprise email. If you want some messages to get through, you can set exceptions. There is a preset that allows anyone on your contacts list to reach you, but if you have a huge contacts list you can also create specific exceptions. Just check the Specific addresses box, then hit menu and select Configure Exceptions. From there you can hit menu and add the exception, wether it be email address, phone number, or PIN. These will be blocked at the device level, so chances are you’ll still be charged by your carrier for SMS if you don’t have an unlimited plan. But if you do have unlimited you can take advantage of this to keep unwanted messages out of your inbox, if even only for a few hours.
Prevent unwanted messages from reaching your BlackBerry
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