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 â€œMore 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.â€
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.