Whitepages Unveils Redesigned Caller ID App for Android

Whitepages Unveils Redesigned Caller ID App for Android

Feb 20, 2015

Whitepages recently released a refresh of its Android application; dubbed Whitepages Caller ID & Block, the newly rebuilt version brings new features which include better call identification, social networking functionality and more.

Per the press release:

Whitepages today announced the launch of Whitepages Caller ID, a redesigned and refreshed update to the wildly popular Android app previously named Current Caller ID. Whitepages Caller ID, available in the Google Play Store, helps users manage their phone communications by identifying unknown callers by name. The new release adds enhanced communication features including identity control, real-time location and photo sharing, and Facebook and LinkedIn integration giving users the ability to personalize their outgoing calls.

Approximately four billion calls are made in the U.S. every day, making caller identification more important than ever. On average, 35 percent of calls to mobile phones come from phone numbers not in the recipient’s address book. Whitepages Caller ID fills in the gaps by identifying those unknown numbers. Taking advantage of Whitepages’ definitive database of more than 600 million phone numbers, including 250 million mobile phones, Whitepages Caller ID helps people make informed decisions about whether or not to answer an incoming call.

The decision to answer a call has become even more important as spam calls to mobile numbers continue to grow. Whitepages Caller ID provides app users with much needed context on unsolicited spam calls thanks to its state of the art phone reputation service and user-submitted reports. The robust spam protection has helped identify more than 10 million phone numbers making unwanted calls. Of those numbers reported as spam, 47% were identified as telemarketers, an alarming 29% flagged as scams or fraudulent calls, and 17% as debt collectors.

In addition to receiving robust details about incoming calls, users can now control how they appear on outgoing calls by customizing their caller identity. The option to personalize one’s caller identity improves communication and can be done from within the Caller ID app or through a user’s account on Whitepages.com.

Other enhanced communication features include:
Location Sharing: Tag calls with a real-time location before or during the call to communicate exactly where you are.
Photo Sharing: Give others a better idea of what you’re talking about and attach a photo before or during a call without leaving the app.
Social Integration: Connect a Facebook or LinkedIn profile to customize your personal caller identity with a photo and description.
· New Look: A refreshed user interface offers quick access to all of Caller ID’s features with one tap.

The app is available for free on the Play Store.

[Sources: Whitepages Blogpost]

PrivacyStar Announces SMS ID and Directory Assistance for Their Android App

PrivacyStar Announces SMS ID and Directory Assistance for Their Android App

May 31, 2011

PrivacyStar have recently announced a series of new features for their Android app to help users stay protected from harassing phone calls and SMS messages. The two new features that have been added to the PrivacyStar suite of features are SMS ID and Directory Assistance. SMS ID allows for users to look up text messages from unknown senders, so that they can find out the source of the message, and block the sender from sending future messages. AS well, Directory Assistance allows for users to look up the names of businesses and individuals through PrivacyStar. CEO of PrivacyStar Jeff Stalnaker says “More and more consumers are receiving text messages from numbers that are not in their address book and are forced to figure out the sender based solely on the content, but PrivacyStar has solved that problem for our subscribers. Additionally, PrivacyStar subscribers can utilize the Directory Assistance feature to easily locate places and map directions from wherever they may be at that moment. The PrivacyStar Directory Assistance is unique compared to others because it does not track your location or activity and sell it to marketers.”

These new features are in addition to PrivacyStar’s already included features, including call blocking of individual numbers, area codes, all private/unknown numbers, and wild card characters. SMS messages can be blocked using these filters as well. PrivacyStar also offers Caller ID services for unknown numbers and caller lookup of unknown numbers. There is a SmartBlock feature, referencing a crowdsourced database of PrivacyStar users to automatically block frequently blocked numbers. They also offer a Do Not Disturb mode, the ability to directly report telemarketing and debt collection violations, and the ability to access PrivacyStar features and account management from any web browser.

PrivacyStar’s app is available for Android as well as BlackBerry; this is not available for iOS due to the way that PrivacyStar integrates with the OS. The app is available for free with a 7-day free trial, but costs $2.99/month for continued service. There are also discounted annual and semi-annual options, along with the ability to add the subscription directly to the phone bill of many phone carriers. The PrivacyStar app is available on the Android Market.