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.

 

Spring Clean Your Mobile Device With Whitepages

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After a brutal, somewhat eternal winter for much of the U.S., the first day of spring was welcomed with open arms. Though the first day of spring may not mark the first day of warm weather, it does mark the launch of the much anticipated spring cleaning. Some of your spring chores, like tidying up your phone’s contacts, may sound daunting, but Whitepages is here to help. Simply follow through the spring cleaning task list below and say goodbye to those winter blues and hello to a spring-cleaned, more efficient mobile device.

 

Spring Cleaning Task 1: Clean Up Your Mobile Phone Contacts

If you’re anything like us, you’ve experienced an unknown number calling your mobile phone and ignored it – only to find that it’s your good friend calling from her new number (that she has reminded you multiple times to add to your phone book!)  Now’s your chance to set those records straight by using the Whitepages “people lookup” tool – simply follow the steps below to spring clean your contacts list.

Step 1: Head to Whitepages.com, type in your friend’s name and city, as seen in the image below, and hit “search.”

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Step 2: After you hit “search” you will be directed to a page that will list all of the individuals under your friend’s name that are living in the location you entered. You’re in luck – your friend updated her Whitepages listing, allowing her family and friends to see her most recent mobile number. If your friend has not updated her listing, you may see just a landline associated with her name. Have you tried searching yourself? Update your Whitepages listing to prevent your friends and family from being unable to find your mobile information in the future.

Step 3: Now, to get even more organized – we’ll also tell you how to clean up your call history and identify unknown numbers you may want to remember for the future. This is where our Reverse Phone feature comes into play. Click the “Phone” tab on the top of the Whitepages.com home page, and type in the unknown number, as shown below.

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After clicking “search” a name will pop up that is associated with that number. Add that name to your mobile contact list, and you’re one step closer to an organized, efficient phone.

Spring Cleaning Task 2: Update your (Physical) Address Book

From mailing out holiday cards to sending out wedding invites, it’s important to have your address book up to date. Though you may see addresses when using the “People Search” tool, you might not have an answer for the addresses you jotted down in the past (and can’t remember who they belong to). Follow the two simple steps below and your addresses will be cleaned up and ready for use in no time.

Step 1: Click the “Address” tab on the top of the Whitepages.com homepage, and type in the address you are searching, as seen in the image below.

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At this point, you will see the identities of the people associated with that address, and nearby neighbors.

Bonus Spring Cleaning Tip: Psssst, Android users! We have a way for you to (super) efficiently clean up your contacts list with Whitepages Caller ID. The best part? Caller ID will know who’s calling without you needing to update your mobile phone book first. Once a call comes through, you will automatically see the name of the person calling. From there, you can easily add the contact to your phone to save his or her name and address information from the Whitepages directory – spring cleaning doesn’t get much easier than that. Caller ID even alerts you if there is a suspected spammer calling you. So there’s no need to have “Spam” or “Fraud” contacts in your address book – Caller ID will detect them for you!

From updating friend’s phone numbers in your contact list to identifying addresses and who they belong to – Whitepages is here to help streamline your spring cleaning woes.

 

Caller ID Gets Your Number off That Contact List

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We’ve all regretted giving our phone numbers away at some time or other. Maybe it was during the first week of college, when a bunch of tents set up near the freshman dorms were offering free T-shirts and backpacks in exchange for some personal information. Or possibly you felt pressured to give out your contact info at social events, even when you didn’t really want to stay in touch with the person you were talking to at the moment. It might not even have happened in person, but online, when you shared your phone number and address for a coupon or discount.

A Near Universal Problem

It doesn’t matter how it happened. There are plenty of people across the country who gave out their phone number once and are still dealing with recurring calls and texts that aren’t much more than an annoyance. And these calls and texts aren’t just limited to big companies. They may be coming from small businesses or contacts that you simply don’t want to keep in touch with.

No matter how your number got out, you probably wish you could bring it back in. While you may not be able to change the past, there are some useful and powerful solutions you can use to limit and restrict those annoying incoming calls and texts. Whitepages Caller ID offers a number of tools for limiting calls and even blocking them outright, depending on their source.

Is Modern Technology Making It Worse?

It was bad enough to deal with unwanted calls when landline phones were the norm. Walking in the front door at the end of the day and listening to five messages in a row from telemarketers was just plain frustrating. But these days, people think that those with landlines had it easy.

You probably carry your mobile phone with you no matter where you go. That means that if you get unwanted calls and texts, you get them all throughout the day. No longer are those contacts limited to an answering machine or home phone—you’re putting up with them all day, potentially from when you wake up to when you go to bed.

Controlling and eliminating these ongoing problems

While technology has made it easier for telemarketers and others to get in touch with you, it’s also made it easier for you to detect and block their calls and texts. Whitepages Caller ID uses phone reputation service to tell you when an incoming call is suspected of spam. What’s more, the app’s blocking feature allows you to simply cut off any phone numbers that are annoying you. With Caller ID, you can customize and limit strangers’ access to your phone, letting the people you want to talk to get through and sending all of those unwanted calls and texts back into the ether.

Don’t put up with unwanted calls any longer. Whitepages Caller ID is free and it’s only a download away.

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.