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Yes u can do it now.The new smart voice maill app available on playstore.i have used it..it's simply awesome.try it and don't worry about ur friends and buisness clients
just put your phone in airplane mode and all calls go directly to voicemail but you won't see who's calling or even that you got a call until you check, but you won't be disturbed while working...i sometimes want to listen to music uninterrupted while spinning and resort to airplane mode,
Ok, maybe Apple doesn't make provisions for you to send all your calls from mom straight to voicemail, but it can be done on an iphone if you jailbreak your phone. But I wouldn't recommend that, because jailbreaking makes your phone more susceptible to exploits. Another trick you could use is to create a silent ringtone (the sound of silence?) and assign it to your Mom. Not trying to judge, but shouldn't you just talk to her?
There's a number of ways to send calls to voicemail. You can quickly shut your phone to silent mode by flipping the switch on the side of the phone, which will then send all calls to voicemail. Or when a call comes in, you can double-tap the power button and it silences the ringer, sending that call to voicemail.