BLOCKING CALLS FROM POLS
How can you fight back against political calls to your cell phone? Some steps to try:
iPhones have no easy way to block incoming calls. There are apps in the iTunes store such as TrapCall, though the few reviews online are not complimentary.
If you're willing to "jailbreak" the phone and void the warranty, Christopher Breen of Macworld notes iBlacklist for $12 can block a list of numbers, approve "white lists" of callers, or block unknown calls during specific times, like at night.
Droid-based phones have more options. Extreme Call Blocker for $5.99, BlackList Pro for $2.99 and both Call Block and PrivacyStar are free.
BlackBerry owners can use PrivacyStar for free, Privacy Manager for $7.99 and Call Blocker for $4.99.
AT&T customers can try to use AT&T's parental controls to block up to 30 phone numbers for $5 per month, though customers need to know phone numbers to block.
Verizon officials suggest a novel approach: Buy a ring-back tone. Normally, ring-backs cost about a dollar and play music for the caller instead of "ring, ring, ring."
A computer making robo-calls is waiting to hear a human voice say, "Hello," said Verizon spokesman Chuck Hamby.
"But if the computer hears music, it's likely to just hang up," he said.