Private Line: Selectively blocking calls and SMS

September 17, 2012
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    You don’t want to receive calls or text messages all the time on your mobile phone. Imagine your phone beeping 24/7 with calls and text messages. They could be about your work, your bills, or just chain messages sent by your friends. There are occasions when you just want to be “left alone” and to be undisturbed. You’d wish you could silence your phone for an hour or two without turning your phone off. Actually, you can with the help of the Private Line- Free Privacy app.

    This app lets you block unwanted calls or text messages on your phone so you can focus on your work or have some quality time with your partner. Aside from blocking calls and text messages, the app also allows you to keep a white list so important contacts can still contact you in case of emergencies.

    Launching the app will bring you to its main menu where you will see a big round button. To activate the app, tap the button. But before you can do that, you will need to unlock the app by sliding the bar below the button. Once you have activated the app, contacts that are not included on the Hotlist will not be able to call or text you. You can also deactivate the app by tapping the same button.

    To allow important people to contact you, you will need to add them on the Hotlist. On the Hotlist tab, you can add contacts that you want to exclude from being blocked. You can add your parents, your friends, or anyone that you want to allow to contact you at all times.

    The app also allows you to send a custom message to your contacts on your Hotlist when you activate the app. You can send a message, telling them that you’re busy for the next few hours or so. Take note that the regular SMS fee will vary depending on your phone’s carrier.

    You can go to the Settings tab if you want to customize the app’s functions. You can enable the option to automatically stop the Private Line app by enabling Auto Off option. You can also choose to only block your calls, SMS messages, or both. You can also customize the message that will be sent to your Hotlist contacts once you enable the app.

    I was able to make some test calls and sent a message to our test device with Private Line enabled. The app automatically rejected calls from contacts not included on the Hotlist. The app was also able to send my personalized SMS message to my Hotlist contacts when I activated the app. The app, however, still allowed me to receive an SMS message from a contact not included on the Hotlist.

    The ad-supported Private Line- Free Privacy app can be downloaded for free from the Google Play Store. There is also a paid version of the app that removes the ads on the app’s interface.

    What do you think of the Private Line- Free Privacy app? Do you find it helpful? Share your thoughts in a comment below.

    Comments

    • Iombie

      COPYCAT OF APPLE IOS6 DO NOT DISTURB FEATURE! *FACE PALM*

    • Driodfag

      Yeah I agree ios6 had this first.

    • Steven Frank

      oh apple came with that ? not copycat from the jailbreak community? grow up apple fans aka losers and idiots!

    • AndroidAllTheWay

      Actually, Private Line has been available since January 2012 in the Google Play Market. A full 9 months before iOS 6. Why do Apple freaks (Driodfag & Iombie) always think they invented everything?!

    • Dean Vincent

      That was Apple original idea, however ever seen many more apps similar before iO6

      Dean, Sando Solutions Ltd.

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