Caller ID & Spam Blocking apps

2019. Anti-spam service Truecaller adds free voice calling feature

Truecaller, the app best known for helping users screen calls from strangers and spammers, is adding yet another feature to its service - free VoIP-powered voice calls. The company has started to roll out the free voice calling feature to its Android users. The feature, which currently only supports calls between two users, will arrive on its iOS app soon. The addition of voice calling functionality comes as Truecaller aggressively looks to expand its business. The service, which offers both ad-support free tier and subscription bundle, has added messaging, mobile payments, and call recording features in recent years. Earlier this year, it also added a crediting option, allowing users in India to borrow a few hundred dollars.

2016. Truecaller will be preinstalled on Huawei phones

Stockholm-based Truecaller, which offers social features inside the caller app and uses a crowdsourced directory to help identify spam calls, has landed a partnership with Huawei which will see its caller ID and smart phone book app pre-loaded on Huawei smartphones. Truecaller migrated its standalone social calling app — Truedialler — into its main app in March, and the company revealed today that its users are now making more than 500 million calls per month. The average duration of each call is around 100 seconds, the company added. That’s pretty impressive when you consider that WhatsApp reached 100 million calls within its app per day earlier this year — yet it counts more than a billion active users.

2015. Truecaller launched new Android Messaging app

Truecaller launched a new service - Truemessenger - aimed at making SMS smarter and less spammy. It is an SMS replacement app for Android that taps into the company’s network of users to verify the identify of those who send text messages. If someone sends you a spam message, Truemessenger allows you to help others avoid the pain by labeling that person as a nuisance in their contact list. It uses exactly the same principles behind Truecaller: users identify spam calls/SMS as a nuisance, that information is saved in its directory and then the same caller/SMS sender is identified as a spammer when they call/message another user. Users can also set up their own spam rules, just as you do for email. Messages market as spam are then shifted to a separate folder, rather than being contained in the general SMS inbox, which helps avoid clutter.

2014. Truecaller gets a sister-app for dialing

The company behind Truecaller (the app that provides handy information about incoming calls) released its counterpart for outgoing calls - Truedialer. The app, initially available for Android only, is a dialer that taps into the enormous database of phone numbers, while user types a number and searches for autocomplete options. The database is collected from Truecaller original service — via deals with phonebook providers and third parties like Yelp and Twitter, but also via users uploading their contacts books — to beef up the contact information shown in call logs. While Truecaller tells you if an incoming call is from a known spammer, Truedialer will warn you if you’re dialing a dodgy number.

2014. Contact identification app Truecaller scores $60 Million

Truecaller, a mobile phone directory and called ID app that lets people search for other mobile users by name or number, has raised $60 Million In Series C funding. Truecaller provides a very useful feature that offers a way to cross the mobile silos that have grown up around mobile services — around platforms, carriers and apps. The service has been a hit in countries that have a high number of mobile users still using phones largely for calls (or apps that use phone numbers to connect people, like WhatsApp), but little in the way of directory services to help users find each other. Truecaller’s platform aggregates existing directory services via deals with white pages companies, and platforms like Yelp to bring in businesses. It complements that with crowdsourced information from the app’s users. It also offers filters to screen spam callers and proudly tells you how many annoying calls it’s saved you from getting.