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.

Stop Phone Spam: Get Caller ID

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Phone spam is a nuisance and it’s a problem that’s only growing. If you’re tired of receiving spam on your mobile phone, then check out how Whitepages Caller ID can help.

By taking advantage of the Whitepages database of 600M+ phone numbers, including 250M mobile phones, Caller ID helps you make informed decisions about whether or not to answer an incoming call. So how does our app know if a call is suspected of spam? Let’s take a look:

 

Our Users Make a Difference

Did you know that you can report spam within the Caller ID app or from Whitepages.com? One of the ways we identify spam phone numbers is from comments and submissions by our users. Tell us whether they’re a telemarketer, scammer or debt collector. We’ll take that information and use it to warn others. Try it some time and become part of our growing community of spam detectives.

The Phone Reputation Team

One of the ways that we detect spam phone numbers is through our state-of-the-art phone reputation service. At Whitepages, we have an entire team dedicated to detecting and monitoring spam numbers. Thanks to their work and the comments left by our users, we’re able to tell you when an incoming call is suspected of spam.

Spam by the Numbers

To date, Whitepages has identified more than 10 million phone numbers making unwanted calls. We did some sorting and were able to breakdown the offenders by percentage. Of the 10M spam numbers:

  • 47% were telemarketers
  • 29% were flagged as scams
  • 17% were debt collectors

What You Can Do

Start by downloading the free app from the Google Play Store. From there, Caller ID will send you alerts when a call is suspected of spam. If you do encounter a spam number, then go ahead and report it to Whitepages and block the number from calling you again. Caller ID allows you to block specific phone numbers that you want to stop interrupting you. Together with spam alerts and call blocking, Caller ID puts control back in the phone owner’s hands.

Caller ID has other great features. Watch our video to learn more!

Alex Algard Discusses Caller ID on Opening Bell With Maria Bartiromo

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All of us at Whitepages are feeling very proud of our redesigned Whitepages Caller ID app. So to keep the celebration going, we’re bringing you today’s clip of our Founder and CEO, Alex Algard discussing Caller ID on Fox Business channel’s Opening Bell With Maria Bartiromo.

Built with useful features like caller ID, call blocking, spam detection, and real-time location and photo sharing, Whitepages Caller ID makes smart phones even smarter. Watch Alex explain how we’ve made the #1 caller ID app in the U.S. even better.

Sticky Situation? Whitepages Caller ID to the Rescue!

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Last week, we described a situation where Whitepages Caller ID saved the day thanks to its power to identify unknown callers. Now we’d like to show you one of the many ways that call blocking comes in handy…

Ok, maybe he looked cute at the party over the weekend. Or she seemed really well versed on your favorite band. You had a nice chat, and even danced a couple of times. Digits were exchanged.

But in the light of day, you’ve got second thoughts. Maybe you just don’t want to keep in touch. Take a deep breath—you’re not bad person for feeling that way. So keep it easy, and use Whitepages Caller ID to finesse this sticky situation.

While we’d never advocate for a breakup over text or phone, in today’s tech times, sometimes it’s just better to trust your instincts and just drift quietly away by not responding to the other person’s texts or calls.

It’s the gentle way to give someone you’ve just met the hint that you’re not interested after all. And if you need to use a bit stronger medicine, simply set your Caller ID app to block that number’s calls and texts. He or she will see that you’re not responding, and you don’t have to get annoyed or interrupted over unwanted contact.

It’s just another way that Whitepages Caller ID keeps you in control of your communication. Mission accomplished!

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.