Nokia adds call and text blocking to its Lumia Windows Phone 8 devices

If you own a Nokia Lumia smartphone that uses Windows Phone 8 (and based on recent sales numbers, that could be more than a few of you), there's a new feature that is available via download that could make your overall voice and texting experience much better.

WPCentral.com reports that a new update to the Nokia exclusive Extras + Info app for Windows Phone 8 adds a new setting to all Lumia Windows Phone 8 devices called Call + SMS Filter. Yes, that new setting means Lumia owners will now be able to block any unwanted numbers from calling and texting them.

The new feature makes uses of the APIs that Microsoft put into the recently released Windows Phone 8 GDR2 update. In addition to giving Lumia owners the option to block calls and texts, it also lets them set up a Live Tile on their Start screen that shows exactly how many calls and SMS have been blocked without having to go into the app's settings. However, if you block a number, you block both calls and text messages; there is no current way to block calls but allow for texts to get through and vice versa.

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Getting my Nokia Lumia 925 today with T-Mobile, looking forward to seeing all the power behind WP8!

Does anyone know if Data Sense is available/used with T-Mobile?

Edited by Grinch, Aug 8 2013, 9:21pm :

Grinch said,
Getting my Nokia Lumia 925 today with T-Mobile, looking forward to seeing all the power behind WP8!

Does anyone know if Data Sense is available/used with T-Mobile?

posting this using my L925 on t-mo...

you answer is yes.. Data sense is alive and well.. Have it as a live tile on my start screen.

Was excited then saw it requires GDR2 to get the good stuff. Darnit all. Oh well hopefully VZW is working on it for the Lumia 928!

C#Rocks said,
glad with what they're doing. Seems like Nokia is outpacing Microsoft when it comes to new features.

This is a feature enabled by Microsoft within the OS...

Probably you are right... but could it be that Nokia are pushing for these features ? How come other OEM have not implemented these features yet ?

Updated today, but I'll be damned if I see those options anywhere. Do you have to have GDR2 to see them?

AR556 said,
Updated today, but I'll be damned if I see those options anywhere. Do you have to have GDR2 to see them?

yes, mentioned in the last paragraph..

AR556 said,
Updated today, but I'll be damned if I see those options anywhere. Do you have to have GDR2 to see them?

Yes you do.

Shane Ekanayake said,
nokia should buy windows phone division

What would the benefit be in this? I'd say as a partnership, they're better able to leverage each other's strengths...

Yippee so happy about this...literally the ONLY thing I missed when I side stepped (gladly) away from Android :-)

my ativ s already has call blocking built it from day one,although id like more options,like disabling that annoying notification sound whenever a call is blocked.

sorry, but they can't block this as it looks to the OS as an app update
you just follow the link to the store and apply it once you have GDR2, or if your phone shipped with it then it behaves just like an app update.

neonspark said,
sorry, but they can't block this as it looks to the OS as an app update
you just follow the link to the store and apply it once you have GDR2, or if your phone shipped with it then it behaves just like an app update.

They can still block it on the OS side... Wouldn't be the first time they meddled...

M_Lyons10 said,

They can still block it on the OS side... Wouldn't be the first time they meddled...

Things like Data Sense can be disabled by the operator supposedly. Works on my phone/provider though so that's nice.

Trollercoaster said,
Things like Data Sense can be disabled by the operator supposedly. Works on my phone/provider though so that's nice.
I expect that it requires carrier integration in order to provide the actual numbers that they "believe" to be true (as most carriers round in their own favor rather than using exact numbers). Most carriers, such as AT&T do not provide it, most likely in hopes that you'll accidentally go over.

Without the integration, there's not much that MS could do because showing exact numbers may be misleading, thus leading to overages that would be reasonably blamed on Data Sense.