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Today I am excited to announce the newest release of WhitePages Current Caller ID in the Google Play Store. WhitePages Current Caller ID provides rich call and text ID with real-time social status updates from Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter as well as local information about a caller’s location. The newest version of WhitePages Current adds a smart contacts tab that updates in real-time with names, addresses and more information about a user’s contacts, including newly identified calls and texts.

WhitePages Current solves a real problem for people who don’t take time to manage or save new contacts to their phonebook. For example, you receive a phone call from someone not in your address book. You answer the call with some hesitation because you don’t know who the call is from, but are happy to find out it’s an old friend. The next week, when you want to call or text her again, you don’t know which number to choose from your call log because you forgot to save it to your contacts.

That is where WhitePages Current comes in. Not only is the call immediately identified before you answer, the smart contacts tab in the app updates in real-time with the caller’s name and address. If you want to call your friend again, just search your Current contacts tab and there she is – like magic.

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The newest version of WhitePages Current also has an expanded contact search so you can find everyone’s contact info easily with a single search across your networks and WhitePages. You can search contacts to find people from your phonebook and from identified calls and texts. If a telephone number for a contact is not found, you can view social contact profiles from Facebook and LinkedIn to obtain contact information or send a message. You can also find contact info for people and businesses outside your network, by searching WhitePages directory of over 200 million people and business.

WhitePages Current makes it easy to be a better communicator. Since launching in 2012, Current has helped users with more 16 billion calls and texts.

Please download the newest version of WhitePages Current Caller ID from the Google Play Store today, and let me know how you like it.

5 billion! That is a lot of anything. But in this case, that is the number of calls and texts made by WhitePages Current Caller ID Android users to date. And of all calls, 56% of them are calls that Current users make, compared to the 44% they receive. So to make that outgoing call experience even better, we have added some cool new features to the next version released today. Here’s a brief overview.

Outgoing caller ID
Current Caller ID now automatically displays your contact’s latest social status, local news and weather while you are making the outgoing call to keep you up to date before you chat. Current also matches a name to a number you have dialed, so you next time you need to call that person or business, you can open the Current app and quickly make that same call without having to lookup the number again, or remember which number it was. Current’s powerful caller ID capability is provided by WhitePages’ directory of over 300 million people and businesses – all for free.

Customized alerts
We know Android users love to customize, and Current users are the same. So, now you have the option to choose the size and content of your Caller ID notification, including the contact’s name, location and photo, as well as their most recent social media status on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, plus local weather, time and the details on your last communication. If you are minimalist and choose to show just the name and location, you can select where you want the caller ID notification to appear on your phone screen. Top, middle, or bottom.

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We’ve also added more Facebook content such as tagged pictures, and you can like a Facebook post directly from the Current Caller ID app and it will appear on a friend’s Facebook news feed.

We’re excited to get feedback on the new features. Please let me know what you think, or drop a note to mobilesupport@whitepages.com. Our product team is always reviewing customer emails for new ideas, requests, or how to make the app better!

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WhitePages Current Caller ID, since it’s launch is August 2012, has helped millions of people identify over 3 billion calls and texts, and stay up to date with people most important to them with Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter feeds, plus local news and weather.

Current users are very engaged, and provide us a lot of positive feedback and suggestions on how to make Current even better. That is why I’m excited to launch an upgrade with the number one request from users – call & text blocking. Now Current lets you take control over who can contact you on your mobile phone.

Call and Text Blocking: How it Works

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Let’s say that a telemarketer calls you several times a week. Instead of hearing your phone ring, scrambling to see who it is, and thinking “not again” (or worse) when you see it’s a telemarketer, you can add that number to your block list with a simple tap and never be bothered again. The next time the telemarketer calls, they will go directly to voicemail or will be dropped altogether – depending on your settings preference.

Blocking works for texts too. Blocked texts will not appear in your phone’s text inbox or notify you, but will go discreetly into the Current app with a silent notification. Then, when you launch Current you can review the content of the text or automatically have it deleted. Think about that surprise party you are planning for your spouse. Now you can secretly plan without your spouse suspiciously noticing that you are receiving texts from her best friend.

So upgrade Current to version 4.2.1 today through Google Play, or download it if you haven’t had a chance to try it out yet. And please let us know how you use WhitePages Current, the all-in-one app with Call ID, Text ID, Social Feeds, News & Weather and now Blocking!

Imagine keeping up to date with your social circle without a single scroll. Think how convenient it would be to instantly know that a good friend recently bought a new house, or got a different job right before you call or text with them. Well, now it’s possible.

Today we are very excited to release a major leap forward in Caller ID that will help you stay on top of your communications. Current Caller ID is a free Android app that provides an entirely new way to keep in touch with friends, family and acquaintances.

Current combines Call ID, Text ID, Social feeds, Local News and Weather in a single app. By identifying the people most important to you – the ones you call and text the most — and matching their latest status updates from Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, Current helps cut through the clutter and puts the latest updates from your top contacts front and center as you are about to communicate. In addition to surfacing the most recent social status, Current also delivers live local info from the caller or texter’s location, such as their local news and weather so you can keep that conversation going with events relative to the person you are taking with.

If that’s not enough, the app has colorful infographics to pull it all together to give insight into how you communicate and the best time or day to reach your contacts. This is an app that makes you feel like you’ve got it all together – like that person at the cocktail party who remembers everyone’s name.
Of course, Current Caller ID still does what WhitePages is the leader at – putting a name to unknown numbers including hard to find and mobile numbers. Since releasing our first Caller ID app in 2008, we’ve identified over 700 million calls and are still going strong. Current Caller ID includes significantly more phone number identification for calls and texts – all for free.

To learn more check out the video, and download the new app today in Google Play. Existing users of WhitePages Caller ID can easily upgrade to the new app.

Click here to view the full press release.

Today we got some great news – our iPhone app has been chosen as an “Official Honoree” for this year’s Webby Awards in the Mobile Services category! Now in their 15th year, the Webby Awards recognize excellence on the web as chosen by a panel of prestigious Web experts, business figures, luminaries, visionaries and creative celebrities that include Beck, David Bowie, Arianna Huffington, Richard Branson, and “The Simpsons” creator Matt Groening.

With nearly 10,000 entries received from all 50 US states and over 60 countries, the “Official Honoree” distinction is awarded to the top 10% of all work entered that the Webby Awards determine to “exhibit remarkable achievement”. We are thrilled that our app is being recognized and more importantly, that consumers are finding all of our mobile services useful, with more than 11 MM downloads to date!

While we are proud of this accolade, we are always looking for ways to better our products and services, so give us a shout with feedback on any of our mobile products!