Block Spam Callers once and forever!
Call Ranger blocks unwanted calls from marketing, robocall, debt collection and scam callers using a predefined blacklist. User-defined blocking rules are also possible.
1,09 EUR (one time only; no subscription!)
***** (five stars)
iOS 11.0 or higher!
Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch
German, English, French, Italian, Spanish
By e-mail (English). Monthly update of the blocklist. The developer answered my e-mail (problem with version 3.0.0) in a friendly and competent manner and quickly published the bug-fixed version 3.0.1.
Last emailed an error documentation on 1 August 2021 when the app stopped blocking calls with update to vers. 4.14. Unfortunately, this time I did not get a quick response like before. Wasn't his style so far not to respond at all. And so far Call-Ranger had worked great!
Call Ranger blocks unwanted calls using a predefined blacklist. User-defined blocking rules are also possible.
Individual telephone numbers as well as entire telephone number ranges or even countries can be blocked.
Call Ranger is not an ordinary app, but a user interface for Apple's system extension of the phone app! This is called Apple CallKit and was implemented with iOS version 10.0.
Before the big update to version 4.0.0, setting it up was very tricky because Apple had not made it easy for developers.
Presumably iOS 14.3 (14.5?) brought the big improvement for Apple CallKit, which now makes setting up Call Ranger a matter of minutes.
Unfortunately, I still haven't found any details on the Internet.
After first start of Call Ranger, activate the CallKit extension.
You find it in “Settings/Phone” in the submenu “Block & identify calls”.
Then select your call identification & blocking options in the app and get rid of annoying callers once and for all!
No longer exists in Call Ranger. Since iOS 14.x (?), annoying phone numbers can even be blocked without first being saved as spam in the address book:
In the event of an accident (e.g. slipped in line, got the wrong contact), you can tap on “Unblock” immediately afterwards.
If you would like to unblock the contact later or simply view all blocks, you can do this via the settings menu:
Settings/Phone/Blocked Contacts/Add Contact. Search for names in the address book, select, done. While you're at it, add annoying insurance agents, colleagues, etc. When you are done, press Cancel at the top right. This takes you directly back to the “black list” without selecting a new candidate and also allows you to unblock by swiping the name to the left. Then “Unblock” appears to the right of the candidate, which you tap to confirm.
Whether the app's default database contains enough German spammers to be helpful for German users is something I cannot judge.
I have repeatedly been able to test the individual call blocking function successfully.
From version 4.14 onwards, Call Ranger blocked nothing at all, but since version 4.2.1 at the latest, Call Ranger blocks perfectly again.
For testing I have temporary deactivated the eSIM in my iPhone 11 Pro.
This way I could exclude the possibility that the expected busy signal is caused by unintentional dialling of one's own telephone number.
“Do not Disturb” was also deactivated.
After Setup (see above) on both iPhones, the app/phone extension was active and I could start:
As expected, the caller immediately received a busy signal.
I could repeat this as often as I wanted, it was no coincidence, but reproducible flawless function.
I also did the test in reverse and simulated the bad caller with the iPhone Xs – also flawlessly.
The manual creation of call number blocks is simple and convenient, because after entering the area code and then the complete call number of the spammer, Call Ranger shows ten variants with call number ranges of varying degrees of restriction for selection.
Just tap on the desired selection and you're done!
(I will add an example here later)
Any dialogue with the user is simple and unambiguous.
Enter the country code of the phone number (e.g. „49“ for Germany), then the telephone number you want to block for range blocking (area code without zero!) and then select your preferred option for range locking (new: unlimited range number rules with 8-digit placeholders, the previous iOS restrictions have been removed).
Fortunately, I have rarely been bothered by unwanted callers for a few years now. It used to be quite different.
Although you will rarely open this app after setting it up once, as it is "only" a backend for Apple's phone extension "CallKit", the developer Konstantinos Papadakis has put a lot of emphasis on the user interface. This is a good thing, because the less often you use an app, the longer the learning curve.
Since version 4.21 (4.17?/4.18?) Call Ranger finally works properly again!
Call-Ranger is anyway the only really working call filter without a subscription, and it's cheap too, with a monthly update of the database..
Unfortunately, the developer had changed something in the code in version 4.14, which made the call filter useless..
Version 4.1.6 of 05.09.2021 only corrected the typos and translation errors I reported, which he described as “layout fixes”.
10.09.2022: Today I took the time and reinstalled Call Ranger. I am delighted that Call Ranger is finally working again!
BTW: Apple does not check app submissions for functionality, but for harmlessness. That's why there are a lot of questionable app filters in the App Store with subscriptions and rip-offs that don't harm Apple's sales …
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