5 Things to Look for in a Caller ID App

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Nobody wants hundreds of apps clogging up their smartphone. Many people limit the number of apps they have on their phones for a variety of reasons, while others are quick to test a cool new app out immediately, but will soon delete it if it isn’t worth keeping around. But no matter how you find and organize the apps you use, knowing what to look for in a high-quality mobile app definitely makes the process easier. When it comes to a caller ID app, the kind of versatile tool that you’ll use on a daily basis, it’s even more important to make sure you’re picking the right one.

 

Here are five things to look for in a mobile caller ID app:

  1. Awesome data sources: The most immediate advantage offered by a caller ID app is how it identifies incoming calls and text messages. You’ll quickly go from wondering whether it’s worth taking a call to knowing immediately if you want to answer, ignore or even block future calls from the number. Because you’ll be making big decisions based on what your app tells you, it’s crucial that the data used by the app is accurate and up to date. Whitepages Caller ID leverages a reliable, consistently updated database to provide you the best info possible.
  1. ID for both text and calls: Considering the rise of texting as a practical and easy alternative to phone calls, it makes sense that many people want to identify not only voice calls but text messages as well. A caller ID app that doesn’t provide this service means limited effectiveness and a lot of time spent trying to figure out who is texting you and why. Whitepages Caller ID delivers info on incoming calls and texts, giving you complete coverage on both methods of communication.
  1. Detect and avoid spam: Why go through the process of determining if an incoming call is spam when the right app can do it for you? Whitepages Caller ID not only identifies the person or company trying to call your phone, it also lets you know if that person has been reported in the past as a telemarketer, scammer or annoying caller. With that initial information, you can choose to ignore those calls and avoid what could be a costly phone call.
  1. Block unwanted callers: Having more control over your calls means you should also get to choose which calls you receive. Finding a caller ID app that gives you that capability will brighten up you day because it stops unwanted calls from interrupting you. Whitepages Caller lets you block any phone number—spam or not. So whether you want to block that telemarketer, or don’t ever want to take a call from your exe again, Whitepages Caller ID has you covered.
  1. Customization and ease of use: A smart caller ID app allows users to change settings and make decisions that create a personalized and more individually effective program. With the Whitepages Caller ID app, you can customize how your caller identity shows up when calling other app users. It helps them recognize that it’s you and gets more of your calls answered. A lot of that is due to a simple integration with Facebook or LinkedIn. When you connect Whitepages Caller ID to one of your social profiles, you automatically get your name and photo updated on your caller identity.

Need to see more? Check out some of our other cool features like location and photo sharing by watching our video.

 

Never Forget a Name or Face With Caller ID

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When you meet someone for the first time, it’s not always easy to remember a name or to tie a face and name together. Even those of us who are usually reliable when it comes to remembering those crucial details get tripped up when meeting more than one person at a time. Keeping names and faces straight in your mind probably isn’t a problem you’ve really thought about, but it’s an issue that can impact your social and professional lives. Forgetting the name of your neighbor’s boss means it will be more difficult to follow up on that job offer, and knowing that you’re going to have to remember the name of your son’s best friend’s dad will eventually come into play. Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a way to make the process more automatic and less of a struggle?

It Doesn’t Have to Be This Hard

The name-and-face game doesn’t have to be a dance around the issue whenever you run into a new acquaintance whose name you don’t quite remember or whose face you’re having trouble placing. Instead of only relying on your memory—powerful, sure, but not always reliable—you can use the smartphone that’s sitting in your pocket. With the free Whitepages Caller ID, you can tie together names, numbers and faces. This way your phone becomes a much more modern version of the classic desktop Rolodex, but one that contains pictures, addresses and phone numbers. Caller ID is a tool that can get you out of many a social jam. When you see someone you recognize, but whose name you can’t quite remember, try checking your phone. If they’re also a Caller ID user and you’ve saved them as a contact, then you’ll have their name and photo at the ready.

By seamlessly integrating Caller ID with your social networks like Facebook or LinkedIn, your phone does most of the work related to remembering names and faces for you. Caller ID users that you’ve stored as a contact will automatically show the person’s most up-to-date profile picture and name. There’s no more worrying about an unrecognized number calling your phone, or trying to remember which number belongs to a new acquaintance and which one is a telemarketer that won’t give up because you can see exactly who is calling you.

A Useful Tool, Right in Your Pocket

No matter where you go, there’s always the potential to meet new people who are currently or will soon become involved in your life. Wouldn’t it be nice to meet them, add them to your contacts, and not have to worry about remembering a name, face or number the next time one of you wants to get in touch? By downloading Whitepages Caller ID, you can.

 

More Unknown Numbers? Block Them With Caller ID

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You may not realize it, but the way we think about mobile phones is changing. Today, your mobile phone does much more than make phone calls. It’s your calendar, alarm clock, phone book and portal to the Web where other cherished items like email and social media live. It’s no surprise then that people are buying more of them. But with more phones in the wild, comes more unknown numbers. Let’s take a look at the spike in mobile phones and learn more about how Whitepages Caller ID helps you manage them by blocking unwanted calls.

Mobile phones are on the rise

Use rates for smartphones and tablets are growing fast. The number of worldwide mobile users is estimated to go from 4.3 billion in 2014 to 5.2 billion by 2019. That’s a 21% increase. To take it one step further, the average person in North America will own approximately 3 mobile devices by 2019. What these numbers tell us is simple: the amount of mobile phone numbers is rising rapidly.

What that means for you

Your mobile phone doesn’t identify names for incoming calls unless the number is already stored in your phone book. And as mobile devices get into the hands of more users, the chance for being caught off guard with a phone call from an unrecognized number is going to rise. No one wants to return a call to a telemarketer by accident or otherwise waste time with unknown numbers that are better off avoided. At the same time, the growing number of mobile devices—more than one per person on average—means it’s increasingly likely that when you receive a call, you won’t recognize the number, even if it’s a family member, close friend or a manager at work. Sorting through these two very different types of calls is time consuming and frustrating without using the right tools.

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Identify & block unwanted numbers

The old saying, where there’s a will there’s a way applies here. We developed Whitepages Caller ID to solve these issues. With Caller ID, you know who’s calling even if they aren’t in your phone book. It’s a free app for your Android that helps you make better decisions on which calls to answer. And as an increasing amount of mobile devices continue to flood the phone lines, you might find that you want to block certain numbers—spammers, scammers and exes, to name a few. Caller ID allows you to block phone numbers of your choosing so they stop interrupting your day. Send unwanted calls straight to voice mail and prevent them from ringing through.

Whitepages Caller has other cool features like location sharing and spam ID. Download it free on the Google Play Store.

Parents Know Who’s Calling With Whitepages Caller ID

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There are a lot of reasons why having caller ID on your mobile phone is simply a must. And I can’t think of any more important than receiving calls made on behalf of your kids. If you have children in after-school activities, then this situation may sound familiar…

Have you ever dropped your son and daughter off at school and gone on to accomplish the rest of your day’s work? You’ve got a well-understood schedule, so you know that your child will be in school until 3 p.m., and then they’ll stay for soccer practice until 4:30, which is when you’ll pick them up. But what happens when practice gets cancelled because Coach is sick?

Remember that phone tree you filled out at the start of the season? It’s the one you listed your cell phone number on because everyone knows that you have your Android on you at all times. Well today it’s going into full effect to alert you and the other parents that your little MVPs need to be picked up early. That’s a call you would absolutely want to take, but the likelihood of it coming from another parent’s cell phone is high. If you haven’t added their number to your phone, then they will ring through as an unknown number, and because of that, you may choose to ignore their call. Suddenly you’ve become the break in the phone tree and on top of that, you’re late to pick up your little one.

But what if you had the Whitepages Caller ID app installed on your phone? That unknown number would prepopulate with the name of the other player’s parent. You’d call the next parent on the phone tree list and be on time for pick-up. Everybody wins!

With the Whitepages Caller ID app for Android, you know who’s calling even if they’re not listed in your phone’s contacts list. On top of that, you can block specific numbers and receive spam alerts to ensure that you only take the calls from the people who matter most in your life. Download it free today and discover all the ways Caller ID makes every day easier.

Why I believe in Android

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This past fall I wasn’t so sure about Android.

I’m starting to change my mind.

Last week’s news that Google’s Android Mobile Platform will let developers place paid applications is just the most recent milestone. What we have now is a whole new form of ROI – return on innovation – that shows why Android is the real deal. Here are a few other positive steps that happened along the way.

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