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[Android] TrueCaller will identify unknown numbers (i.e. Caller ID)

Posted By Brendan Lynch On December 8, 2012 @ 12:02 AM In Android | 12 Comments

[1]TrueCaller is an app that will attempt to show you who is calling you when the number is not in your contacts. This is great for those who get calls from unknown numbers repeatedly. It is becoming more popular due to the increase in spam calls targeted at mobile phones.

What is it and what does it do

Main Functionality

This app’s main functionality is to simply use a database of numbers and conveniently tell you who exactly is calling you. It is basically a Caller ID app.

Pros

  • Has a searchable database of mobile and landline numbers from all over the world
  • Aside from manual search, shows you who a number belongs to on-the-fly whenever you receive a call
  • Caller ID and Call Blocker
  • Connect to social networks to access numbers
  • Update-able phonebook

Cons

  • Cannot find all numbers, although developer claims to be able to identify “half a billion” phone numbers

Discussion

[2]This program is in theory very simple. It is designed to look up unknown numbers and display information about the number. This type of function can have all sorts of uses. It can be great to identify friends you haven’t added to you’re contacts yet. It can also be great to avoid calls like telemarketers or political advertisements. This could actually be a reality because it can access mobile and landline numbers all over the world.

The app will allow you to look up a number independently, or show it to you right on your incoming call screen so you know before you answer. On the other end of the spectrum, this app will allow you to block calls. When this is enabled, the targeted phone number won’t be able to call you at all. This type of system makes it so you never have to talk to somebody that you don’t want to talk to.

This app also sports a built in phonebook. This is useful because it accesses your Facebook and LinkedIn accounts. This can be beneficial because most Android users choose not to display their social network friends with the rest of their phone contacts. This is due to the fact that most people don’t want to have hundreds of extra names that you probably will never talk to cluttering up their contact lists. TrueCaller will however show you if one of those Facebook or LinkedIn friends are calling you when you don’t have them in your normal phone contacts. This gives you the ability to identify them without having to clutter up your contacts with people you have to desire to talk to.

There is one major and simple flaw. TrueCaller is only as good as the database backing it, meaning it can only identify numbers that it has recorded from other users or TrueCaller research. As it happens to be, TrueCaller has difficulty with private numbers. This means that it will guess most corporate and public numbers (i.e. numbers belonging to organizations rather than individual people). However, if it is a private number (i.e. belonging to an individual as opposed to an organization), then the app will have difficulty displaying information about it… unless someone along the line shared their phonebook with TrueCaller and TrueCaller recorded that contact. This is extremely unfortunate because private numbers might end up calling you more than you would think.

Conclusion and download link

Overall, I think this app can be incredibly useful if you get a lot of calls from companies or organizations. If you are hoping to identify your friends or other local numbers, then this app probably isn’t for you. However, it definitely won’t hurt to try because it does properly identify private numbers sometimes.

Price: Free

Version reviewed: 2.99

Requires: Android 2.1 and up

Download size: 3mb

TrueCaller on Play Store [3]


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