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Some people are quite annoying on phone! This is the reason we look for ways to block them.

On Airtel line, there are a number of ways you can block calls and also SMS. If you are looking for a method to prevent people from calling or messaging you on phone, you are on the right place.

How to Block Calls and SMS on Airtel or Equitel
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Read on to learn how to block calls and SMS on Airtel or Equitel. See how to do this with Airtel call or SMS divert codes. See also how to set voicemail and also barring on Airtel or Equitel.

1. Blocking with Airtel or Equitel Call Barring

This is the easiest way to prevent people from calling or smsing you on phone. To use this method, go to Call Settings and press on the Call Barring.

You will be asked to enter a password. Use 00000000, 0000 or 1234 as the password. You can also find a specific password from your phone’s instruction manual.

This method blocks all calls and it also doesn’t notify you of numbers that tried calling you. Due to blocking all calls, I don’t find the method quite useful.

2. Setting Up Voicemail on Airtel

To block calls by setting up voicemail, you need first to go to Call Divert or Call Forwarding on Call Settings. On either Divert or Forwarding, press on the Always Divert and then enter this voicemail code – 0733 105555.

Note: Equitel may have its own voicemail code.

Moreover, in some phones like Infinix, you can move calls to voicemail through the contact list. You can do this by selecting a contact and then pressing on the edit button. From there, you need to press on the 3 dots on the top right corner and select All Calls to Voicemail.

This method is a bit helpful as it allows you to know numbers that tried calling you. You can always check the numbers on your voicemail.

3. Using Airtel Call Manager

Note: This method may not work for Equitel lines!

This is a straight-forward, but is affected by network strength. You may find difficult to use it if you are in a zone with weak network. To use this method, dial *323#, call 52323, SMS CM to 52323 or access the service provider website. You then need to make use of the Block List and Select List features. This is a subscription service, and you can also unsubscribe it by dialling *323#.

4. Using Call and SMS Filter or Block App

This is for smartphones! If you are using a smartphone, good for you. Just go to your app store (Google, Apple, Windows, OVI, Tizen, BlackBerry, etc) and download the best app to block calls and SMS. You can try apps such as Safest Call Blocker, Mr. Number and also Blacklist Plus.

The best thing with apps is that they allow you to block specific numbers (not entire contact list). They also allow you to block numbers that are not in your phonebook. They thus help you deal with people who use other numbers to call or SMS you after blocking their original numbers.

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