Support intercepting incoming calls and message
It would be great if we will get some support for intercepting incoming calls and smss
Like the others, the windows phone must have some way to block sms and calls.
I read all about keeping security and privacy ... etc
I think that the user must agree to give the application the permission right ?
then what is the problem of giving the developers the ability to intercept calls?
The user will have complete control on the apps through permissions
Thank you for the suggestion and additional comments. We are not adding this capability in the 8.0 release, but know that it is high on the consideration list for future Windows Phone releases.
hanif robbani commented
Me and my friend managed to create an SMS Spam detector and filter application in android. Thats proven to be very useful for people around me, to blocks spammy ads, and fraud messages. And its quite accurate. We've been looking for opportunity to implement the same apps for Windows Phone. It has been a year, and still no good news about SDK support for intercepting incoming message. Hope this feature could be available soon.
This feature is most desirable feature for app developer. I am looking to develop and app based on this feature, but unfortunately there is no support to get notified for incoming and outgoing messages. this is a show stopper for me.
Blake Davidson commented
We have a business need for this. We want to create a whitelist that only allows certain numbers to call or be called.
Nick Ross commented
Our company requires this feature. We provide a number of consulting services to our clients, one of these is a phone consulting package. Clients are required to purchase consulting packages in advance. Their calls to us (our incoming calls) are handled by the phone, based on the status of the package purchased by the caller. It's important for us to be able to handle these incoming calls seamlessly.
SoftwareMK: Mikael Koskinen commented
This feature is included in the current version of OS (even for incoming calls), it's just not available for 3rd party developers.
Since the Amber update, one of the pre-installed apps intercepts all the incoming calls and if the caller is unknown, it tries to get the caller's name from web.
Brett Emerson commented
I just sat down to write an app to allow a user to route text messages from selected contacts to a password protected app the user could use for privacy reasons.
There’s lots of popular apps for Android that do this. Now I find out I can’t do this for WP8. One less future app for the app store, and a great business idea down the toilet. Wow.
Anand Hariharan commented
Here is my gripe:
My wife is getting calls from a number every minute on her phone. Seems to be some automated system calling her.
My service provider does not block calls. +
No app on the market that can help me intercept the call and block it. +
No API for me to write my own application
Windows phone unusable to use and to develop for.
Shady companies could use this to move market share away from Windows. I wont be surprised if this is happening already (Pay attention MS and Nokia)
Hope this gets fixed soon. As much as i love the WP8, ill be putting it up for sale today.
Anders Gardebring commented
Really? You can't hookup incoming calls to custom apps? This is for me a showstopper. I currently have two apps on my android phone, one blocks incoming calls/sends to voicemail based on a blacklist (I need this, I get quite a bit of sales and other calls I dont want to get interrupted by). The other app look up numbers from an online numbef database so numbers I dont have in my phonebook still gets a name to them. I am a senior .NET developer and I want to switch to Windows phone (I already use a Surface Pro as laptop/tablet since it runs Visual Studio and other dev-related software) and I would like to get into windows phone development to. However, without these API-hooks available my user experience would be much worse than I currently have on Android so no. No windows phone for me until this is fixed.
Christopher Madison commented
As third party devices like Google Glass and Pebble become more common WP8 will become less and less popular simply due to it's inability to integrate with them. These devices are perfect for displaying incoming calls and SMS messages yet right now Andriod will be the only OS capable of displaying this info.
Radek Voltr commented
SMS interceptor is already in API so it is only matter of extension of documentation and allow it for normal developers.
If you prepare it for new WP9 (I suppose that MS will follow WP7.5 > WP8 and update will not be possible :-( ) , it is nice. But if it will be for OEM only ? Waste of time and you can spent time on implementation of changing SMS tone on current WP8
I want to add an important point here, and I often wonder why MS has ignored this design point.
Smartphones are becoming everything but a phone. The phone part is still the same, nothing new.
One of the killer feature will be integrating desktop with my phone. Once in my office, I dont want to pick my phone anymore. I just use my desktop to receive calls, make calls, send/receive sms. I want to dial using my desktop and use PC speakers and mic.
Just this one feature can boost the Windows phone sales many times.
Håvard Meling commented
I want to intercept all the telemarketers like I can on the android. Also automatic callerid from yellow/white pages. Please add this, the user needs to approve permission so shouldnt be a big privacy issue.
Baldur Árnason commented
In Iceland people enrolled in the search and rescue get a sms when something happens. That can happend day or night. It would be great if I could intercept those messages analyze them after importance and play a custom rington, flashing, etc (ignoring silent if the emergency is severe ) and even popup a dialog with pre-made response messages. On other platforms people have been using fire alarm apps for this purpose. But they don't exist on windows phone because this feature is missing.
Carlos Gustavo Sarmiento Lasses commented
This capability would be extremely useful for filtering spam sms and robo-calls.
Personally, I could see have a great application that runs in the background that filters calls and texts from people not in your address book and simply blocking them from reaching you. For example, when you get tired of political robo-calls illegally ignoring the national do-not-call list
I want this as native feature :
When incomming call arrive, if I don't answer, it's not redirected to my phone provider (Vodafone, Orange, ...) but it uses my local "answering" app. It takes too long on provider side just to hear "Want to talk, call you back...". so I want it local and NOW!
And better, I want a conversion Sound=>Text, so I can read the message while i'm in meeting.
Please make this as native so you could hit iPhone/Android just in the noze :)
In addition to the ideas mentioned in the previous comments, this would really enable applications with context dependent logic to augment their behavior according to the current needs. It would be really cool to have your phone to react to an incoming call by sending a message to your Surface so that it can display the message history and other information about this particular contact etc. Must have!
Stalin Pimentel commented
I'd love to have this feature. So much we can do with it!!
I want this feature so much. this is so important and standout feature from other phones.
Richard Nalezynski commented
It's always nice to have these things as native features.